Studies on Sleep and Stem Cell Therapies Released


Study on Sleep and DBS
The Parkinson Alliance, one of PAN’s affiliated organizations, released a patient survey titled, "Sleep in Parkinson's Disease With and Without Deep Brain Stimulation." Sleep disturbance is a common symptom related to Parkinson’s disease. In the survey, 93 percent of participants said they had at least some symptoms of sleep disturbance. Of those reporting sleep disturbance, 52 percent were in the mild-to-moderate to severe range. The study also found that individuals who have had deep brain stimulation (DBS) reported less night-time sleep disturbance due to motor symptoms and other Parkinson’s symptoms. 

To read more about the study, click here.

Stem Cell Workshop Summary
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report from their November 2013 workshop on stem cell therapies. The meeting was organized by the IOM, the National Academy of Sciences, and the International Society for Stem Cell Research and focused on examining the global pattern of treatments and products being offered, the range of patient experiences, and options to maximize the well-being of patients.

Stem cells, used to replace damaged cells and organs or to support the body’s intrinsic repair mechanisms, hold potential to treat Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, spinal cord injury, and other disorders. PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick was one of the speakers at the November 2013 workshop and PAN has been a leader in the effort to give researchers the freedom to work on embryonic stem cell research and increase federal funding for it. Learn more about PAN’s work in this area here.

To learn more and download the report, click here.

Date originally posted: May 9, 2014.