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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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ALS: How 'toxic' proteins could protect neurons

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that large, fibrous aggregates thought to drive Lou Gehrig's disease might actually help to protect motor neurons.

What causes your lip to twitch?

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

A look at lip twitching, a complaint causing involuntary movement. Included is detail on the role caffeine intoxication plays and when to see a doctor.

Parkinson's disease: Why do brain cells die?

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A new study has shown that a mitochondrial molecule called cardiolipin helps to correctly fold alpha-synuclein protein, whose incorrectly folded forms are found in Lewy bodies.

Could your tears help to diagnose Parkinson's?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that checking alpha-synuclein levels in tear samples may serve as a noninvasive test for Parkinson's disease before symptoms appear.

'Too much' brain calcium may cause Parkinson's

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Calcium may affect how alpha-synuclein — a protein linked to Parkinson's — interacts with structures important for chemical signaling between brain cells.

Could an existing drug halt Parkinson's disease?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A new Parkinson's study suggests that drugs for treating a rare genetic disorder may be effective in targeting toxic alpha-synuclein clusters in neurons.

Parkinson's disease: Boosting dopamine promotes movement

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A study with insights for Parkinson's finds that the brain uses a burst of dopamine, not a steady level, to initiate movement and maintain its vigor.

Dopamine deficiency: What you need to know

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:00 PDT

A dopamine deficiency is linked to several health conditions, including Parkinson's disease and depression. Learn more about the symptoms.

Parkinson's: How a 'bad' enzyme might protect the brain

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Reduced levels of a mitochondrial enzyme were previously thought to destroy neurons in Parkinson's disease. The opposite may, in fact, be the case.

What is Parkinsonism?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Parkinsonism is a condition that causes some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease alongside those of another disorder. We also look at diagnosis and treatment.

Is Parkinson's disease passed on through genetics?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Learn about how genetics affects the development of Parkinson's disease, and when to talk to a doctor about family history and genetic testing.

What is atypical Parkisonism?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PDT

In this article, learn all about the symptoms, causes, and types of atypical Parkinsonism, as well as what treatments are available.

What is early-onset Parkinson's disease?

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Learn all about early-onset Parkinson’s disease, when the disease occurs before the age of 50. We examine the symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

Could measuring blood caffeine catch Parkinson's early?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers investigate the potential of a new test in providing an early Parkinson's diagnosis. Could blood caffeine levels be a marker of the disease?

What you should know about bradykinesia

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Bradykinesia is a condition where a person finds it difficult to move their body quickly on demand. It is most often a symptom of Parkinson's disease but can have other causes. It may be related to a weakness or rigidity in the muscles. In this article, we look at symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of bradykinesia.

Parkinson's stages: Signs and symptoms

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

While everyone with Parkinson's experiences the disease differently, it is broken down into several stages, depending on the symptoms. Learn more here.

What exercises are good for Parkinson's disease?

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Learn about the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson's disease, including the types of exercise that may be most useful, tips, and considerations

Parkinson's disease: How toxic proteins damage healthy brain cells

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Scientists have gained insights into how toxic proteins disrupt healthy cell membranes in a process that leads to brain cell death in Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's: Could this existing drug halt disease progression?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A 50-year-old drug that is commonly used to treat tapeworm infections is found to contain a molecule that can protect against Parkinson's disease.

Regular high-intensity exercise may stall Parkinson's symptoms

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Results of a phase II clinical trial suggest that high-intensity exercise may help to delay the progression of motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease.

What is the definition of akinesia?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A look at akinesia, a condition where a person cannot move their muscles as they wish. Included is detail on the difference between akinesia and dyskinesia

Why does restless sleep predict Parkinson's disease?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

REM sleep behavior disorder significantly increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. A recent study demonstrates that inflammation may be key.

Parkinson's: Could a high-calorie diet increase lifespan?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Weight loss within a year of a Parkinson's diagnosis may raise the risk of dementia and shorten lifespan, say researchers. Could a high-calorie diet help?

Neurodegeneration: New cell death mechanism revealed

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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