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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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Neurodegeneration: New cell death mechanism revealed

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

New research uncovers the mechanism by which brain cells die in neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia and Parkinson's disease.



Dementia: Unprecedented detail of brain damage revealed

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists use cutting-edge technology to show how Lewy body dementia affects more than 1 million synapses, the tiny connections between neurons.



How does Parkinson's disease influence depression?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PST

A look at the link between Parkinson’s disease and depression. Included is detail on what the symptoms are and the treatments available.



Parkinson's breakthrough: New disease-causing mechanism found

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Groundbreaking research forces us to reconsider what we know about the origin of Parkinson's symptoms; new findings could change treatment practices.



Pancreatic cancer could be treated with a Parkinson's drug

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

Carbidopa, commonly used together with L-Dopa to treat Parkinson's disease, was found to stop tumor growth in mice and human cancer lines.



Can coffee help to treat Parkinson's? Not likely

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

Following up on a previous study, researchers find that caffeine is unlikely to improve movement symptoms for patients with Parkinson's disease.



Diabetes drug cuts Parkinson's risk by 28 percent, study finds

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

Glitazones - a class of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes - could lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by more than a quarter.



Parkinson's: Sniff test could predict risk up to a decade earlier

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

New study suggests that a test of olfaction could determine a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease up to 10 years before a diagnosis.



Antidepressants could delay Parkinson's progression

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PST

Nortriptyline - a tricyclic antidepressant - can prevent the formation of toxic brain clusters associated with Parkinson's disease, a new study finds.



Compound regulates genetic risk factor in Parkinson's disease

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

Suchi Mittal and colleagues have identified beta-2 adrenergic receptor (β2AR) agonists as compounds that can reduce levels of the alpha-synuclein gene, which has been implicated in increased risk...



Monkeys with Parkinson's disease benefit from human stem cells

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

One of the last steps before treating patients with an experimental cell therapy for the brain is confirmation that the therapy works in monkeys.



Parkinson's: Asthma drugs may cut risk by a third

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PST

A study including cell cultures, experiments in mice, and an overview of more than 100 million prescriptions shows asthma drugs lower Parkinson's risk.



Altered bacterial communities in the gut could be an indicator for Parkinson's disease

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PST

Parkinson's disease is an insidious disease: by the time it manifests as the typical motor dysfunctions such as tremors or muscle rigidity, portions of the brain have already been irreversibly...



Parkinson's: Stem cells restore nerve function in monkeys

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have created dopaminergic neurons from human stem cells and implanted them in monkeys with Parkinson's, restoring their nerve function.



Why a diabetes drug could help in Parkinson's disease

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

Using cell cultures, German researchers show how the drug may regulate the energy balance in damaged body cells.



Telemedicine as effective as in-person care for Parkinson's disease

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

New findings from a nationwide program that links neurologists with patients with Parkinson's disease in their homes via video conferencing shows that telemedicine can successfully deliver quality...



Early life physical activity may prevent cognitive decline

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study in rodents shows how physical exercise in early life creates a cognitive reserve that improves cognition and neuronal activity in later years.



Life-extending protein could treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PST

A new study successfully used the protein hormone klotho to improve cognition in mice with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's-like brain toxicity.



Diabetes shot boosts motor function for patients with Parkinson's

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PST

A placebo trial shows that the diabetes drug exenatide improved motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease and may have disease-altering potential.



Waterlogged brain region helps scientists gauge damage caused by Parkinson's disease

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists at the University of Florida have discovered a new method of observing the brain changes caused by Parkinson's disease, which destroys neurons important for movement.



Hyposmia: Causes, treatment, and related conditions

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PST

Hyposmia is a term describing partial or complete loss of the sense of smell. Learn about the causes, how it is treated, and related conditions.



Researchers identify visual system changes that may signal Parkinson's disease

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

Changes in the visual systems of newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease patients may provide important biomarkers for the early detection and monitoring of the disease, according to a new study...



TBI and dementia: Link or no link?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

Research linking traumatic brain injury and dementia later in life is contradictory. Learn about the latest findings and what they mean for TBI patients.



New technology to manipulate cells could help treat Parkinson's, arthritis, other diseases

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

DNA strands in materials act like traffic signals to start, stop cell activity or regenerate tissue.



Link between Parkinson's and melanoma runs both ways

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PST

Breaking research demonstrates that individuals with Parkinson's are four times more likely to develop melanoma. This relationship also goes the other way.