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Parkinson's disease is a condition in which an area of the brain becomes progressively damaged over several years. The main signs of Parkinson's disease are tremor, slow movement, stiff and inflexible muscles. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s



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Parkinson's: 2.5 hours of weekly exercise benefits mobility, quality of life

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that patients with Parkinson's disease who exercise for at least 2.5 hours weekly have slower declines in mobility and life quality.



FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson's disease

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Xadago (safinamide) tablets as an add-on treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease who are currently taking levodopa/carbidopa and...



New research suggests bowel cancer medication could help combat early-onset Parkinson's disease

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People with certain forms of early-onset Parkinson's disease could potentially benefit from taking a medication used to treat certain forms of cancer, according to new research by University of...



'Red hair' gene variant may underlie association between melanoma and Parkinson's disease

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A gene variant that produces red hair and fair skin in humans and in mice, which increases the risk of the dangerous skin cancer melanoma, may also contribute to the known association between...



Parkinson's: 'Genetic switch' may play key role in preserving brain cells

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Study finds a genetic switch that controls PINK1 and PARKIN genes, defects in which cause mitchondrial dysfunction seen in some forms of Parkinson's.



Mitochondrial lipids as potential targets in early onset Parkinson's disease

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers led by Patrik Verstreken (VIB-KU Leuven) have identified an underlying mechanism in early onset Parkinson's.



Alzheimer's may be linked to defective brain cells spreading disease

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Rutgers scientists say neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's may be linked to defective brain cells disposing toxic proteins that make neighboring cells sick.



Blood test may help differentiate Parkinson's from similar diseases

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A simple blood test may be as accurate as a spinal fluid test when trying to determine whether symptoms are caused by Parkinson's disease or another atypical parkinsonism disorder, according to a...



'Helper cells' can turn toxic in brain injury and diseases

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Astrocytes induced by central nervous system injury and disease normally help repair damage. Now, a study finds some can turn rogue and kill cells instead.



Scientists identify two brain networks influencing how we make decisions

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford have pinpointed two distinct mechanisms in the human brain that control the balance between speed...



Hand-grip test can indicate decline in physical function of Parkinson's patients

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A basic hand-grip test has proven to be a reliable tool to monitor the decline of patients with Parkinson's diseases.



Both accelerator and brake are required for normal movement

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In order to drive a car, you need a good balance between accelerator and brake. The same applies to a part of the brain - the striatum - that controls our movements.



Cell disposal faults could contribute to Parkinson's, study finds

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A fault with the natural waste disposal system that helps to keep our brain cell 'batteries' healthy may contribute to neurodegenerative disease, a new study has found.



New PET imaging technique may help monitor neurological disease progression

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Olfactory neurons in the nasal cavity are the primary source of our sense of smell. Unlike many types of neurons, olfactory neurons are continuously generated throughout the adult lifespan.



Parkinson's disease: Could the answer lie in mitochondria of dopamine cells?

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Researchers find dopamine cells in Parkinson's disease brains do not protect against aging-related mitochondrial DNA damage as well as in healthy brains.



Rabies viruses reveal wiring in transparent brains

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists under the leadership of the University of Bonn have harnessed rabies viruses for assessing the connectivity of nerve cell transplants: coupled with a green fluorescent protein, the...



New way of repurposing drugs could lead to better Parkinson's treatments

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

By bringing together cutting-edge stem cell technologies and computational biology, researchers at Oxford University have developed a unique way to identify existing drugs that could potentially be...



Parkinson's could be treated with shark compound, study suggests

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that squalamine - a compound found in the tissue of dogfish sharks - may help prevent the buildup of a Parkinson's-related protein.



People with forms of early-onset Parkinson's disease may benefit from boosting niacin in diet, research suggests

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People with certain forms of early-onset Parkinson's disease may benefit from boosting the amount of niacin in their diet, according to new research from the University of Leicester.



Mediterranean is the fountain of youth, study claims

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The Mediterranean is a haven for lovers of crystal-clear seas and sun-kissed landscapes.



Evolving deep brain stimulation patterns

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Duke University biomedical engineers have used computers to "evolve" more effective patterns of electric shocks delivered deep within the brain to treat Parkinson's disease symptoms.



Parkinson-like symptoms in welders worsen with more manganese exposure

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A study of 886 shipyard and fabrication workers finds that higher exposure to manganese in welding fumes is linked to increase in Parkinson-like symptoms.



Brushstrokes help identify dementia in painters, study finds

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research examines the link between patterns in the paintings of famous artists and the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.



New disease could signal hope for sufferers of brain aging conditions

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new genetic disease which results in neurodegeneration has been discovered by experts at the University of Sussex.



Timing may be key to understanding cognitive problems in Parkinson's disease

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Brain stimulation replaces missing brain wave and improves cognitive process in mice that lack dopamine.