Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

Are we facing a Parkinson’s pandemic?

According to one new study paper, evidence is emerging that Parkinson’s disease is becoming a pandemic. The authors discuss their concerns and the challenges ahead. Parkinson’s is on the rise, but can we slow its march? Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition. Primarily affecting the motor regions of the central nervous system, symptoms tend to […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

13 early signs of Parkinson’s disease

The hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremors and slow, rigid movements. Small changes in a person’s movements and behavior can signal the onset of Parkinson’s disease before diagnosis. Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system disorder that affects around 1 percent of people aged 65 years and older. Symptoms usually develop slowly over several years. […]

Epilepsy Parkinson's Disease

Innovative brain implant could improve Parkinson’s treatment

A new, smart implant that “listens” to brain signals could help treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease. Could an innovative brain-stimulating device make a difference to the treatment of neurological conditions? Doctors use neurostimulation to treat various conditions, including epilepsy, the effects of stroke, and even depression. This treatment involves using […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

How coffee might protect against Parkinson’s

Coffee is thought to protect the brain against Parkinson’s disease. A recent study investigates which compounds might give coffee its neuroprotective powers. The findings may eventually lead to innovative new treatments. Understanding how coffee protects the brain could give Parkinson’s drug discovery a boost. More than 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s: Dietary compound moves toxic protein from gut to brain

A recent study in rats reveals that a now-banned herbicide and a common food-derived chemical can work together to produce symptoms similar to those present in Parkinson’s disease. A recent study deepens our understanding of how Parkinson’s disease begins in the gut. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition. Brain cells in the substantia nigra — […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

What role do brain lipids play in Parkinson’s disease?

New research looks to brain lipids to identify a new therapeutic target for Parkinson’s disease. Researchers have identified a new therapeutic target to disrupt the formation of toxic plaques in the brain. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that affects about half a million people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

New brain region ‘could be what makes humans unique’

A neuroscientist has just found a previously unknown brain area. The newly identified brain region could inform scientists’ efforts into curing neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or motor neuron disease. New research uncovers a previously unknown brain area that may control our fine motor skills. Due to technological advancements in recent years, medical science has […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

This is how your brain predicts future events

Brains learn how to anticipate future occurrences from patterns. This process is called “anticipatory timing,” and it allows us to successfully interact with the world around us. How does it work? A new study explores how the brain can anticipate events, and what happens to this mechanism in some neurodegenerative conditions. Anticipatory timing is, in […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease: Scientists find new target to destroy protein clumps

Blocking an enzyme could put a stop to the buildup of toxic protein clumps that occurs in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease. New research reveals that blocking a certain protein clears Lewy bodies — toxic structures that are a hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. This was the conclusion that scientists at Georgetown University Medical […]

Genetics Parkinson's Disease

Scientists confirm the role of ‘molecular switch’ in Parkinson’s disease

Scientists have confirmed that a protective cell mechanism can be disrupted in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease. The mechanism protects cells against damage caused by faulty mitochondria, the small power units that produce cells’ energy. Researchers confirm that in Parkinson’s, a faulty molecular switch triggers the degeneration of neurons. In the past week, […]