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March 26, 2017

Scientific Discovery May Change Treatment of Parkinson

Mar. 22, 2017 — When monitoring Parkinson's disease, SPECT imaging of the brain is used for acquiring information on the dopamine activity. A new study shows that the dopamine activity observed in SPECT imaging ... read more

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

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

Feb. 1, 2017 — Researchers report they have discovered how two problem proteins known to cause Parkinson's disease are chemically linked, suggesting that someday, both could be neutralized by a single drug ... read more

Hand-Grip Test Can Indicate Decline in Physical Function of Parkinson's Patients

Feb. 1, 2017 — A basic hand-grip test has proven to be a reliable tool to monitor the decline of patients with Parkinson's diseases, say ... read more

Both Accelerator and Brake Are Required for Normal Movement

Jan. 27, 2017 — In order to drive a car, you need a good balance between accelerator and brake. The same applies to a part of the brain -- the striatum - that controls our movements. Research has led to new findings ... read more

New Clues on the Base of Parkinson's Disease, Other 'Synucleinopathies'

Jan. 25, 2017 — New techniques map alpha-syuclein toxicity, spatial location, and links to Parkinson's genes, report investigators in a new ... 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

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

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. 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

Single Mutation in Recessive Gene Increases Risk of Earlier Onset Parkinson's Disease

Nov. 2, 2016 — A genetic mutation confers a risk for development of Parkinson’s disease earlier than usual, an international team of researchers has ... read more

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