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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 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

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

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

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

Breakthrough in Production of Dopamine Neurons for Parkinson's Disease

Oct. 28, 2016 — The first transplantation of stem cells in patients with Parkinson's disease is almost within reach, say investigators. However, it remains a challenge for researchers to control stem cells ... read more

Understanding Essential Tremor

Oct. 26, 2016 — Essential tremor affects nearly one per cent of the world’s population, increasing to four per cent of those over 40. The involuntary shaking of hands is the most common symptom, but symptoms can ... read more

How Protein Fragments Associated With Alzheimer's Could Trigger Parkinson's

Oct. 12, 2016 — 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 ... read more

Research Uncovers a New Disruption at the Root of Parkinson's Disease

Oct. 7, 2016 — Leading-edge research has shown for the first time that a malfunctioning stress-coping mechanism in the brain is at the root of Parkinson’s disease. Genetic mutations that cause Parkinson’s ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — Your gut may play a pivotal role in preventing the onset of Parkinson's disease. And the reason may be its knack for ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — A protein that may safeguard neurons from the ravages of Parkinson’s disease has been identified by a team of scientists. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that takes years to ... read more

Caffeine-Based Compounds Show Promise Against Parkinson's Disease

Sep. 30, 2016 — Two caffeine-based chemical compounds have been developed that show promise in preventing the ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease attacks the nervous system, causing uncontrolled ... read more

Sep. 29, 2016 — Researchers report they have identified a protein that enables a toxic natural aggregate to spread from cell to cell in a mammal's brain -- and a way to block that protein's action. Their ... read more

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