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Attack by own immune system may kill neurons in Parkinson's disease

4/23/14 - The cause of neuronal death in Parkinson's disease is still unknown, but a new study proposes that neurons may be mistaken for foreign invaders and killed by the person's own immune system, similar...

Study of depression in Parkinson's disease patients

4/23/14 - A group of scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has found interesting new information in a study on depression and neuropsychological...

Fragile X-associated disorders linked to R-loop formation

4/22/14 - Researchers at UC Davis have identified a new feature of the genetic mutation responsible for the progressive neurodegenerative disorder, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) - the...

Research represents novel approach to lessening impact of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

4/21/14 - A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and cancer - including one currently in clinical trials for glioblastoma and other tumors - eliminates neural inflammation associated...

Neuroscientists explain how memories stick together

4/20/14 - Scientists at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains how neurons retain select memories a few hours after an event.

Nature Bank opens the door to unlimited opportunities, starting with Parkinson's disease

4/20/14 - Researchers at Griffith University's Eskitis Institute have developed a new technique for discovering natural compounds which could form the basis of novel therapeutic drugs.

Researchers target a trigger for a particular form of Parkinson's disease

4/14/14 - Working with human neurons and fruit flies, researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified and then shut down a biological process that appears to trigger a particular form of Parkinson's disease...

Possible new target for monitoring Parkinson's disease

4/14/14 - Scientists may have discovered how the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease destroys brain cells and devastates many patients worldwide.

Could blueberries help treat Parkinson's disease?

4/14/14 - Blueberries are deemed one of the healthiest foods because of their richness in antioxidants. Now, researchers say the fruit may help to treat patients with Parkinson's disease.

Research targets Parkinson's, Huntington's, other proteasomal diseases

4/11/14 - Synthetic genetic circuitry created by researchers at Rice University is helping them see, for the first time, how to regulate cell mechanisms that degrade the misfolded proteins implicated in...

Helping you get your Parkinson's medicines on time, every time - new Parkinson's Passport

4/10/14 - This World Parkinson's Day (11 April 2014) Parkinson's Australia and NPS MedicineWise are encouraging anyone with Parkinson's - or people caring for someone with the condition - to order a new...

Research shows that a human protein may trigger Parkinson's disease

4/10/14 - A research led by the Research Institute Vall d'Hebron (VHIR), in which the University of Valencia participated, has shown that pathological forms of the α-synuclein protein present in deceased...

Discovery of an important role of the basal ganglia in vocal learning across species

4/10/14 - When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your basal ganglia made you do it. This area in the middle of the brain is involved in motor control and learning.

Google Glass puts the focus on Parkinson's

4/9/14 - The next generation of wearable computing is being trialled for the first time to evaluate its potential to support people with Parkinson's.

Complex relationship between slow-wave sleep and odor memory revealed

4/9/14 - A failing sense of smell can predict neurodegenerative disorders. Now, researchers investigate how the accuracy of different odor memories can be amplified in slow-wave sleep.

UK research: Hospital 'one of the scariest places to be' for people with Parkinson's

4/7/14 - People with Parkinson's are being subjected to 'frustrating and scandalous' standards of care in hospital new research from Parkinson's UK reveals.

Novel optogenetic tool could be used in neuroscience to study the switching of neural networks

4/4/14 - In the journal Science, scientists now present a protein that facilitates the control of nerve cells by light. It might be used as a basis of studies of diseases of the nervous system.

'Sewing machine' idea gives insight into origins of Alzheimer's

4/3/14 - Researchers at Lancaster University have invented a new imaging tool inspired by the humble sewing machine which is providing fresh insight into the origins of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Identifying during early adulthood fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, a Parkinson's-like disorder of middle age

4/3/14 - The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years...

Baker's yeast analyzed to discover potential for combating neurological conditions like Parkinson's, cancer

4/2/14 - A humble ingredient of bread - baker's yeast - has provided scientists with remarkable new insights into understanding basic processes likely involved in diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.

International study on genome expression

3/31/14 - Genes are the "code" for building the biological elements that form an organism.

Potential target identified for treating mitochondrial disorders

3/31/14 - Mitochondria, long known as "cellular power plants" for their generation of the key energy source adenosine triphosphate (ATP), are essential for proper cellular functions.

New Parkinson's disease chemical messenger discovered

3/28/14 - A new chemical messenger that is critical in protecting the brain against Parkinson's disease has been identified by scientists at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Protein Phosphorylation and...

Potential for future prevention of prion conversion and disease using heparin

3/26/14 - Prions are infectious agents responsible for neurodegenerative diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalitis (commonly known as "mad cow disease") and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

New discoveries place lack of energy at the basis of Parkinson's Disease

3/24/14 - Neuroscientists Vanessa Moraïs and Bart De Strooper from VIB and KU Leuven have demonstrated how a defect in the gene Pink1 results in Parkinson's disease.