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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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Gut microbiome contributes to Parkinson's, study suggests

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

For the first time, researchers have discovered an association between the population of the microbes in the gut and Parkinson's disease.



Standing up may unmask cognitive deficits in patients with Parkinson's

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

In a new study published online in the journal Neurology, a research team led by neurologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and neuropsychologists at Boston University has shown...



Scripps Florida scientists pinpoint regulator of amphetamine induced motor activity

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

In new findings that could have an impact on the development of therapies for a number of currently untreatable brain disorders such as Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, scientists from the...



Study suggests probable scientific misconduct in bone health studies

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A new study suggests probable scientific misconduct in at least some of 33 bone health trials published in various medical journals.



Single mutation in recessive gene increases risk of earlier onset Parkinson's disease

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

A collaboration of 32 researchers in seven countries, led by scientists at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, has found a genetic mutation they say confers a risk for development of Parkinson's...



Parkinson's disease: Production of dopamine neurons from stem cells steps closer

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PST

Use of stem cells to make dopamine cells for Parkinson's disease steps closer as scientists identify predictive markers of successful clinical production.



ONGENTYS® (opicapone) a novel treatment for Parkinson´s disease patients with motor fluctuations launched in the UK

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

ONGENTYS® (opicapone) has now been launched in the UK for the treatment of adult Parkinson´s disease patients with motor fluctuations.



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

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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.