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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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How protein fragments associated with Alzheimer's could trigger Parkinson's

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases are different neurodegenerative conditions that can sometimes affect the same person, which has led scientists to investigate possible links between the two.

Cell protein offers new hope in fighting the effects of aging

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A protein found within the powerhouse of a cell could be the key to holding back the march of time, research by scientists at The University of Nottingham has shown.

Research uncovers a new disruption at the root of Parkinson's disease

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Leading-edge research by the team of professor Patrik Verstreken (VIB-KU Leuven) has shown for the first time that a malfunctioning stress-coping mechanism in the brain is at the root of...

Brain cell death mechanism for stroke, Alzheimer's identified

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have pinpointed the protein that is responsible for brain cell death in stroke, injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases.

How caffeine could help slow Parkinson's disease

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers have created two caffeine-based compounds that they say could halt the development of protein clumps associated with Parkinson's disease.

Researchers find a gap in the brain's firewall against Parkinson's disease

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

In a study in mice, researchers found that they could reduce the progression of the toxic aggregates of a protein known as α-synuclein that are found in the brains of Parkinson's disease patients.

Parkinson's Disease protein plays vital "marshalling" role in healthy brains

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:00:00 PDT

Researchers have established how a protein called alpha-synuclein, which is closely associated with Parkinson's Disease, functions in healthy human brains.

Tracking parkinsonian disease progression

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Parkinson's disease destroys neurons in the brain that are essential for controlling movement.

Scientists discover link between bacteria and supposedly non-infectious diseases

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A group of scientists have found that a single molecule from a bacterial cell wall component can lead to the unusual behaviour of 100 million clotting molecules in blood, which may be a major...

Virtually reality simplifies early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and Siberian State Medical University are developing an early diagnosis system for neurodegenerative disorders.

Early Parkinson's diagnosis moves closer with new protein test

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PDT

A novel test that detects abnormal alpha-synuclein protein was found to identify Parkinson's patients with 95 percent accuracy, researchers report.

Tiny changes in Parkinson's protein can have "dramatic" impact on processes that lead to the disease

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Specific mutations in the protein associated with Parkinson's Disease, in which just one of its 140 building blocks is altered, can make a dramatic difference to processes which may lead to the...

Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Linköping University have developed in collaboration with French colleagues a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that...

Tunneling nanotubes between neurons enable the spread of Parkinson's disease via lysosomes

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists from the Institut Pasteur have demonstrated the role of lysosomal vesicles in transporting α-synuclein aggregates, responsible for Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases...

Eye test may detect Parkinson's before symptoms appear

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A new low-cost and non-invasive eye test could detect Parkinson's disease before symptoms including tremors and muscle stiffness develop, according to new research in rats led by scientists at UCL.

Virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Combining virtual reality and treadmill training helps prevent falls in older adults better than treadmill training alone, according to a new randomised controlled trial published in The Lancet.

Researchers identify how a single gene can protect against causes of neurodegenerative diseases

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PDT

New research has identified how cells protect themselves against 'protein clumps' known to be the cause of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease.

Lab method sheds light on how genetic mutations cause inherited Parkinson's disease

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Scientists have developed a new method of measuring the activity of disease-causing mutations in the LRRK2 gene, a major cause of inherited Parkinson's disease.

Indicators of Parkinson's disease risk found in unexpected places

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Clues that point toward new risk mechanisms for developing Parkinson's disease are hiding in some unusual spots, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.

Researchers discover area of brain that controls breathing

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Neuroscientists at Seattle Children's Research Institute have discovered an area of the brain that plays a key role in breathing.

Parkinson's: Mutant gene interaction may pave the way for new treatments

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Research that has discovered an interaction between mutant LRRK2 gene and alpha-synuclein may lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, study says.

Patient specific approach may improve deep brain stimulation used to treat Parkinson's

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Researchers have developed a method to measure how the brain responds to electrical stimulation and use the response to maximize efficacy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) - a therapy that has been...

Leukemia drug shows early promise for treating Parkinson's disease and dementia

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 02:00:00 PDT

Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder that causes a range of motor and non-motor symptoms.

Researchers make advance in possible treatments for Gaucher, Parkinson's diseases

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

NIH scientists identify molecule that may impact serious neurological diseases.

Scientists identify neurochemical signal likely missing in Parkinson's

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers are first to discover two distinct populations of dopamine neurons.