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September 30, 2016

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September 30, 2016

Spotting the Disease Before It Reveals Its Presence

Sep. 20, 2016 — A vast class of incurable neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by the aggregation and deposition of aberrant proteins like the amyloid bpeptide or the a-synuclein, considered to be a factor ... read more

Rare Genetic Condition May Provide Insights on Parkinson’s and Other Late-Onset Diseases

Sep. 19, 2016 — A new article suggests that an enzyme deficiency seen in the lysosomal storage disorder Krabbe’s disease may point to new mechanisms underlying certain late-onset neurodegenerative diseases such as ... read more

Sep. 2, 2016 — Scientists are developing an early diagnosis system for neurodegenerative disorders. The system is intended to such diseases as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and others. The diagnosis ... read more

Dopamine: Far More Than Just the 'Happy Hormone'

Aug. 31, 2016 — Dopamine is a so-called messenger substance or neurotransmitter that conveys signals between neurons. It not only controls mental and emotional responses but also motor reactions. Dopamine is ... read more

Parkinson's Study Could Pave Way for Early Detection Test

Aug. 29, 2016 — A test that can detect Parkinson's disease in the early stages of the illness has moved a step ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists are testing a drug that could boost levels of critical protective protein in brain. In the study, the team conducted tests in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease by raising the ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated the role of lysosomal vesicles in transporting alpha-synuclein aggregates, responsible for Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases, between neurons. These ... read more

Aug. 16, 2016 — Scientists have rediscovered the utility of disordered regions of proteins as drug targets. These results pave the way towards identifying new therapeutic targets for many diseases, they ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — A new, non-invasive way to track the progression of Parkinson’s disease could help evaluate experimental treatments to slow or stop the disease’s progression, say ... read more

Human Brain Recordings Provide Highly Sought Insights Into Cause of Parkinson's Disease

Aug. 8, 2016 — A team of researchers is the first to systematically record neural activity in the human striatum, a deep brain structure that plays a major role in cognitive and motor function. These two functions ... read more

New Model Recreates Early Spread of Parkinson's Disease in the Brain

Aug. 8, 2016 — They're two of the biggest mysteries in Parkinson's disease research -- where does the disease start? And how can it be stopped early in the ... read more

Antioxidant Therapies May Help in the Fight Against Neurodegenerative Diseases

Aug. 1, 2016 — A new review examines the potential of antioxidant approaches for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral ... read more

July 30, 2016 — Mini midbrains provide next generation platforms to investigate human brain biology, diseases and therapeutics, report ... read more

Lab Method Sheds Light on How Genetic Mutations Cause Inherited Parkinson's Disease

July 29, 2016 — 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 ... read more

Why Brain Neurons in Parkinson's Disease Stop Benefiting from Levodopa

July 28, 2016 — Though the drug levodopa can dramatically improve Parkinson's disease symptoms, within five years one-half of the patients using L-DOPA develop an irreversible condition -- involuntary ... read more

Indicators of Parkinson's Disease Risk Found in Unexpected Places

July 27, 2016 — Clues that point toward new risk mechanisms for developing Parkinson's disease are hiding in some unusual spots, according to a new ... read more

Scientists Apply New Imaging Tool to Common Brain Disorders

July 20, 2016 — A new approach has been developed to scanning the brain for changes in synapses that are associated with common brain disorders. The technique may provide insights into the diagnosis and treatment of ... read more

Diseases That Run in Families Not All Down to Genes, Study Shows

July 20, 2016 — Family history of disease may be as much the result of shared lifestyle and surroundings as inherited genes, research has shown. Factors that are common to the family environment -- such as shared ... read more

July 19, 2016 — Scientists have shown that the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease -- a mutant LRRK2 kinase enzyme -- contributes to the formation of inclusions in neurons, resembling one of the ... read more

Patient-Specific Approach May Improve Deep Brain Stimulation Used to Treat Parkinson's

July 14, 2016 — 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 ... read more

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