Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

Scientists propose new theory of Parkinson’s disease

As scientists delve deeper into the nature of Parkinson’s, the more it appears that it is highly varied, suggesting numerous subtypes. A new review proposes that Parkinson’s falls into one of two main categories, depending on whether it originates in the central nervous system (CNS) or the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Share on PinterestNew research […]

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Parkinson’s: New treatment approach shows promise in brain cells

New research shows that an innovative strategy for treating Parkinson’s disease has proven successful in neurons derived from people living with the condition. Share on PinterestParkinson’s disease affects dopamine producing neurons, illustrated here. Dr. Dimitri Krainc, chair of neurology and director of the Center for Neurogenetics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease: Scientists review male and female differences

The risk of developing Parkinson’s disease is twice as high in males. However, the neurodegenerative condition progresses more quickly in females, who are also more likely to die prematurely because of it. Researchers have reviewed sex-based differences in Parkinson’s disease. These are some examples of the roles that biological sex plays in Parkinson’s disease and […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

How ‘exergaming’ can help people with Parkinson’s

Exercise is important for helping people with Parkinson’s disease achieve better balance and mobility, but it can be hard to keep it up. A Dutch study has yielded positive results with a novel home exercise computer gaming program. New research showcases the benefits of ‘exergaming’ for people living with Parkinson’s. For people with Parkinson’s disease, […]

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Could estrogen help treat Parkinson’s?

Researchers already knew that men and postmenopausal women have a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than premenopausal women. Now, a recent study in mice concludes that estrogen may be responsible. The authors also hope that estrogen might form the basis of future treatments. Why does Parkinson’s affect more men than women? The answer may […]

Immune System / Vaccines Parkinson's Disease

How a gut infection might spark Parkinson’s

Over recent years, researchers have become increasingly interested in the link between the immune system and Parkinson’s disease. Using a mouse model, scientists recently explored the potential role of a bacterial gut infection. A recent study examines how a gut infection might trigger Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease develops due to the slow depletion of dopamine-producing […]

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How ultrasound could help curb Parkinson’s

There are two major stumbling blocks to developing effective drugs for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other diseases that destroy the brain. The first is overcoming the blood-brain barrier, and the second is delivering the drug to a precise location and ensuring that it does not spread to the rest of the brain. New research finds a […]