Parkinson's disease may start in the gut
April 27, 2020
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of North Carolina in the USA have mapped out the cell types behind various brain disorders. The findings are published in and offer a roadmap for the development of new therapies to target neurological and psychiatric disorders. O...
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Autoimmunity plays a role in Parkinson's disease, study suggests
April 20, 2020
A new study co-led by scientists at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) adds increasing evidence that Parkinson's disease is partly an autoimmune disease. In fact, the researchers report that signs of autoimmunity can appear in Parkinson's disease patients years before their official diag...
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Researchers find brain cell that triggers tremor and how to control it
March 19, 2020
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital have improved our understanding of how tremor -- the most common movement disorder -- happens, opening the possibility of novel therapies for this condition.
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Parkinson's disease linked to gene targeted by blue-green algae toxin
March 16, 2020
Scientists have discovered a possible link between Parkinson's disease and a gene impacted by a neurotoxin found in blue-green algae.
University of Queensland scientist Dr Jacob Gratten said the findings increased the understanding of the environmental risk factors of Parkinson's dise...
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Cells carrying Parkinson's mutation could lead to new model for studying disease
February 27, 2020
Parkinson's disease researchers have used gene-editing tools to introduce the disorder's most common genetic mutation into marmoset monkey stem cells and to successfully tamp down cellular chemistry that often goes awry in Parkinson's patients.
The edited cells are a step toward study...
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Picking up a pingpong paddle may benefit people with Parkinson's
February 25, 2020
Pingpong may hold promise as a possible form of physical therapy for Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's who participated in a pingpong exercise program once a week for six months showed improvement in their Parkinson's symptoms, according to a preliminary study released today that will ...
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Iron in brain shows cognitive decline in people with Parkinson's
February 20, 2020
A cutting-edge MRI technique to detect iron deposits in different brain regions can track declines in thinking, memory and movement in people with Parkinson's disease, finds a new UCL-led study.
The findings, published in the , suggest that measures of brain iron might eventually help...
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Molecule offers hope for halting Parkinson's
February 14, 2020
A promising molecule has offered hope for a new treatment that could stop or slow Parkinson's, something no treatment can currently do.
Researchers from the University of Helsinki found that molecule BT13 has the potential to both boost levels of dopamine, the chemical that is lost in...
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Gene ID'd as potential therapeutic target for dementia in Parkinson's
February 6, 2020
Dementia is one of the most debilitating consequences of Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological condition characterized by tremors, stiffness, slow movement and impaired balance. Eighty percent of people with Parkinson's develop dementia within 20 years of the diagnosis, and patients who...
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Researchers discover new piece of the puzzle for Parkinson's disease
January 30, 2020
Biomedical scientists at KU Leuven have discovered that a defect in the ATP13A2 gene causes cell death by disrupting the cellular transport of polyamines. When this happens in the part of the brain that controls body movement, it can lead to Parkinson's disease.
With more than six mil...
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