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February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Neurotrophic Factor GDNF Is an Important Regulator of Dopamine Neurons in the Brain

Feb. 15, 2017 — New research results are expanding our understanding of the physiological role of the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor GDNF in the function of the brain's dopamine systems. In a new ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — The older we get, the more our brain ages. Cognitive abilities decline and the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease or having a stroke ... read more

Altmetric Data Analysis Reveals How Parkinson's Disease Research Affects the World

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have published an analysis of Parkinson's disease research papers with the highest Altmetric Attention Scores. The publication is the first in a series aimed at utilizing Altmetric ... read more

Mitochondrial Lipids as Potential Targets in Early Onset Parkinson's Disease

Feb. 10, 2017 — A team of researchers has identified an underlying mechanism in early onset Parkinson’s. Using flies, mice and patient cells, the team focused on cardiolipin, a fat unique to cells’ mitochondria, ... read more

Cell Disposal Faults Could Contribute to Parkinson's, Study Finds

Jan. 24, 2017 — A fault with the natural waste disposal system that helps to keep our brain cell 'batteries' healthy may contribute to neurodegenerative disease, a new study has ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — A study shows new mechanisms behind Parkinson's disease, which can be key mechanisms for future treatment. More than 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson´s ... read more

Jan. 16, 2017 — A synthesized steroid mirroring one naturally made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein implicated in some neurodegenerative diseases, reports an international research team ... read more

A Natural Compound Can Block the Formation of Toxins Associated With Parkinson's Disease

Jan. 16, 2017 — A naturally-occurring compound called squalamine has been found to block the molecular process underlying Parkinson's disease and suppress its toxic effects. Although the findings are only ... read more

People With Forms of Early-Onset Parkinson's Disease May Benefit from Boosting Niacin in Diet, Research Suggests

Jan. 10, 2017 — A new study is strengthening the therapeutic potential for dietary interventions in Parkinson's disease, suggesting that these patients may benefit from a boost in niacin, which is found in some ... read more

Jan. 9, 2017 — Chemicals extracted from the prickly pear and brown seaweed, two ubiquitous Mediterranean plants, eased symptoms in organisms suffering from neurodegenerative disease, according to new research. ... read more

Protein Associated With Parkinson's Travels from Brain to Gut

Jan. 5, 2017 — 'Alpha-synuclein,' a protein involved in a series of neurological disorders including Parkinson's disease, is capable of traveling from brain to stomach and does so following a ... read more

Low Levels of Manganese in Welding Fumes Cause Neurological Problems

Dec. 28, 2016 — Welders exposed to airborne manganese at estimated levels well under federal safety standards develop neurological problems, according to a new study. Current safety standards may not adequately ... read more

Single Protein May Hold Secret to Treating Parkinson's Disease and More

Dec. 26, 2016 — New details about a key cellular protein could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's, Huntington's, Alzheimer's, and ALS. At their root, these ... read more

Timing May Be Key to Understanding Cognitive Problems in Parkinson's Disease

Dec. 15, 2016 — People with Parkinson's disease (PD) and mice that lack dopamine both are missing a critical brain wave needed for timing actions -- a cognitive process that's consistently impaired in ... read more

Re­search­ers Cor­rect Par­kin­son's Mo­tor Symp­toms in Mice

Dec. 15, 2016 — A research group has succeeded in correcting the motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease in mice. These results are promising in terms of treatment, since Parkinson's disease is ... read more

Dec. 13, 2016 — A new study is the first to show that the Parkin gene is turned on when cells are exposed to environmental insults that cause free radical formation and cataract formation. Researchers have ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — During REM sleep, the brain inhibits the motor system, which makes the sleeper completely immobile. Researchers have identified a population of neurons that is responsible for this transient muscle ... read more

New Intracellular Dopamine Receptor Function May Offer Hope to Schizophrenia Patients

Dec. 9, 2016 — Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that plays an important role in controlling movement, emotion and cognition. Dopamine dysfunction is believed to be one of the causes of disorders like ... read more

Standing Up May Unmask Cognitive Deficits in Patients With Parkinson's

Dec. 1, 2016 — This study shows that when patients with PD experience a drop in blood pressure upon standing up – a condition known as orthostatic hypotension (OH) – they exhibit significant cognitive deficits. ... read more

Gene Mutation Linked to Early Onset of Parkinson's Disease in Caucasians

Nov. 28, 2016 — A defect in a gene that produces dopamine in the brain appears to accelerate the onset of Parkinson’s disease, according to new research. The effect is particularly dramatic for young-to-middle-age ... read more

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