News items related to the Department of Neurology.
Walking ability in Parkinson patients improves with the clever use of self-discovered compensation strategies26 March 2019
Losing the ability to walk normally is a widespread problem for people with Parkinson's disease. However, patients themselves frequently discover innovative compensation strategies to circumvent their walking problems.
Specific sugar is important for muscle function Treat a genetic condition with a pinch of sugar?2 January 2019
Dirk Lefeber and colleagues have discovered that the sugar sialic acid is important for good muscle and heart function. In a family with muscle problems, they discovered a mistake in a gene that prevents the breakdown of sialic acid.
Research into drugs for treating rare diseases can be more efficient and patient-oriented18 December 2018
To assess whether a drug is an effective treatment for a rare disease, large-scale research with Randomized Controlled Trials may not be necessary in all situations, say researchers from the departments of Neurology and Health Evidence in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Cognitive behavioral therapy effective in MD1 New treatment option for complex disease21 September 2018
Treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy helps patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1 in improving their physical abilities and social participation. This is the result of a survey of more than 250 patients in four European countries.
Successful teamwork between Neurology and Human Genetics leads to identification of two new ataxia genes19 September 2018
Thanks to close cooperation between Bart van de Warrenburg (Neurology) and Erik-Jan Kamsteeg (Humans Genetics) two new genes involved in movement disorders were identified. The genes are relevant for autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxia.
Rick Helmich receives 693,000 dollar from Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson research12 June 2018
Rick Helmich, researcher at the Donders Center for Medical Neurosciences, receives a grant of $ 693,000 from the Michael J Fox Foundation. With this he can investigate the brain mechanisms that are responsible for the progression of Parkinson's disease.
Laser shoes prevent 'freezing' in Parkinson patients Clear reduction in symptoms21 December 2017
Freezing of gait, an absence of forward progression of the feet despite the intention to walk, is a debilitating symptom of Parkinson's disease. Laser shoes that project a line on the floor to the rhythm of the footsteps help trigger the person to walk.