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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Could a Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Be a Potential Treatment for Parkinson's?

Jan. 11, 2016 — A clinical trial using cholesterol-lowering treatment Simvastatin in people living with Parkinson's is getting underway in centers across England -- with the hope that it could become one of a ... read more

Parkinson's Disease: New Insights Into a Traveling Protein

Jan. 5, 2016 — In Parkinson's disease, the protein 'alpha-synuclein' aggregates within neurons of patients and appears to propagate across interconnected areas of the brain. How this happens remains ... read more

Hepatitis C Tied to Increased Risk of Parkinson's

Dec. 23, 2015 — The hepatitis C virus may be associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study. Parkinson's disease is considered the second most common degenerative ... read more

New Clues to Halting Nerve Degeneration

Dec. 10, 2015 — A discovery into the mechanisms which lead to degeneration and loss of communication among neuron cells -- the cells controlling function in the brain and nervous system -- could potentially lead to ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — Parkinson's disease researchers have developed a way to ramp up the conversion of skin cells into dopamine neurons. They have identified -- and found a way to overcome -- a key obstacle to such ... read more

Protecting the Brain from Parkinson's Disease

Dec. 2, 2015 — Researchers help the brain make GM1 ganglioside, a protective substance that is diminished in the brains of Parkinson's ... read more

Enhanced Detection of Parkinson's

Nov. 25, 2015 — New research by biologists could lead to improved methods of detection for early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. By mapping the visual responses of fruit flies with different Parkinson's genes, the ... read more

New Strategy Reduces Side Effects in Parkinson's Treatment

Nov. 18, 2015 — A novel strategy and a drug lead has been discovered for reducing the side effects of uncontrolled movement caused by the drug levodopa, commonly used to treat the stiffness, tremors and poor muscle ... read more

Male Hormone Testosterone Cause of Sex Differences in Parkinson's Disease Risk, Study Suggests

Nov. 18, 2015 — Men are twice as likely as women to develop Parkinson’s disease. New research suggests that testosterone enhances the susceptibility of brain cells that control movement to damage from chemical ... read more

Parkinson's Disease: A New Tool for Healthcare Professionals Aims to Improve Diagnosis and Advance Treatment

Nov. 13, 2015 — A group of experts has developed a new tool for healthcare professionals that they hope will mark a significant advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease, especially in ... read more

Formation of New Blood Vessels May Explain Intractable Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Nov. 4, 2015 — Unwanted formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) in the brain is likely to be the cause of intractable walking and balance difficulties for people who suffer from Parkinson's disease. This ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — A blood test that can accurately detect early-stage Parkinson's disease and differentiate it from later stages of the disease has been developed by a group of ressearchers. The test can also ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Researchers have identified a new gene linked to nerve function, which could provide a treatment target for 'switching off' the gene in people with neurodegenerative diseases such as ... read more

Cancer Drug Improved Cognition, Motor Skills in Small Parkinson's Clinical Trial

Oct. 17, 2015 — An FDA-approved drug for leukemia improved cognition, motor skills and non-motor function in patients with Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia in a small phase I clinical trial, report ... read more

Scientists Make Advancements That May Lead to New Treatments for Parkinson's

Oct. 16, 2015 — A research team has made breakthrough advancements on a new molecular mechanism that may provide a means to “melt” pathological clumps known as Lewy clumps. These clumps are a hallmark sign of ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — SOCE (Store Operated Calcium Entry) is a process by which Calcium ions slowly enter cells to refill depleted calcium stores. This process in nerve cells is now thought to play a role in maintaining ... read more

Antipsychotics Increase Risk of Death in People With Parkinson's Disease Psychosis

Sep. 30, 2015 — Antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of death in people with Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP), according to a new study. PDP affects more than 50 per cent of people with Parkinson's ... read more

New Technique Negotiates Neuron Jungle to Target Source of Parkinson's Disease

Sep. 22, 2015 — Researchers believe they have found a potential new way to target cells of the brain affected by Parkinson's disease. The new technique is relatively non-invasive and has worked to improve ... read more

New Study Maps the Progression of Parkinson's Disease Within the Brain

Sep. 22, 2015 — Scientists have made advances in understanding the process involved in the progression and spread of Parkinson's disease within the brain. The study focused on understanding the process that ... read more

Parkinson's Disease: Everyday Activity More Beneficial Than Occasional Strenuous Exercise

Sep. 17, 2015 — Parkinson’s patients often become sedentary because of motor symptoms such as gait, balance problems or falls. However, new research finds that non-exercise physical activity, more than occasional ... read more

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