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Peptide developed that may slow Parkinson's disease

2/26/15 - Parkinson's disease arises when misshapen proteins form fibrils that kill brain cells. Now, researchers have made a sticky peptide that stops fibrils forming so cells do not die.


The first portable system for monitoring patients with Parkinson's disease is being tested on 50 people from different countries

2/26/15 - Parkinson's disease is the second neurodegenerative disease in number of patients after Alzheimer's disease.


Skin test may shed new light on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

2/24/15 - Scientists have discovered a skin test that may shed new light on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in...


Tau-associated MAPT gene increases risk for Alzheimer's disease

2/23/15 - Finding could improve dementia diagnosis and treatmentThis is a microscopic image depicting plaques and tangles characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.


Statins may not protect against Parkinson's after all, study finds

2/20/15 - Some previous studies have suggested that statins offer protective benefits against Parkinson's. However, a new study suggests statins may actually increase Parkinson's risk.


Parkinson's trial suggests growth factor has regenerative effects in brain

2/19/15 - Small trial to test safety and tolerability of the growth factor PDGF in Parkinson's patients finds it not only stops deterioration of dopamine signaling, but may even increase it.


New growth factor indicates possible regenerative effects in Parkinson's disease

2/19/15 - Researchers have long sought treatments that can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.


Twitter the right prescription for sharing health research: UBC study

2/18/15 - Using Twitter can help physicians be better prepared to answer questions from their patients, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia.


Finding points to possible mechanism underpinning Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

2/17/15 - Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have for the first time discovered a killing mechanism that could underpin a range of the most intractable...


Scripps Florida scientists' 'mad cow' discovery points to possible neuron killing mechanism behind Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

2/16/15 - Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have for the first time discovered a killing mechanism that could underpin a range of the most intractable...


Transcriptomics identifies genes & signaling pathways that may regulate Neurodegeneration

2/16/15 - Massive elimination of neurons is a critical aspect of normal nervous system development but also represents a defining feature of neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Alzheimer's disease...


Creatine does not slow rate of Parkinson disease progression

2/11/15 - Treatment with creatine monohydrate for at least 5 years for patients with early and treated Parkinson disease failed to slow clinical progression of the disease, compared with placebo, according...


Breath test could detect Parkinson's

2/11/15 - A new study starting soon will determine if a simple breath test could help detect Parkinson's.


New therapeutic principle for Parkinsonian dyskinesia shows clinical effect

2/11/15 - Involuntary dyskinetic movements induced by treatment with levodopa (L-dopa) are a common problem for people with Parkinson's disease.


Scientists discover a key pathway that protects cells against death by stress

2/9/15 - When it comes to protecting cells from death brought on by the calamities of environmental stress, the human body is particularly ingenious.


Neurologists find movement tracking device helps assess severity of Parkinson's disease

2/6/15 - A device that measures movement and balance can effectively help assess and track the progression of Parkinson's disease, even when medications are used to reduce Parkinson's symptoms, UT...


Protein threshold linked to Parkinson's disease

2/4/15 - The circumstances in which a protein closely associated with Parkinson's Disease begins to malfunction and aggregate in the brain have been pinpointed in a quantitative manner for the first time in a...


Parkinson's gene linked to lung cancer

2/3/15 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with other colleagues of the Genetic Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Consortium (GELCC), have identified a gene that is associated...


Study on dopamine neurons could instruct research into mobility and neurological disorders

2/2/15 - University of Leicester team find for the first time when and why dopamine releasing cells in the forebrain are activated Dopamine releasing cells in the forebrain are difficult to access in...


Why upper motor neurons degenerate in ALS

2/1/15 - For first time scientists reveal mechanism underlying critical cell degenerationFor the first time, scientists have revealed a mechanism underlying the cellular degeneration of upper motor...


Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

1/30/15 - The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows.


Scripps Florida scientists establish that drug candidates can block pathway associated with cell death in Parkinson's disease

1/29/15 - In a pair of related studies, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown their drug candidates can target biological pathways involved in the destruction...


Scientists find drug candidates can block cell-death pathway associated with Parkinson's

1/29/15 - In a pair of related studies, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown their drug candidates can target biological pathways involved in the destruction...


Respiratory chain: Protein complex structure revealed

1/29/15 - Biochemists unlocked the structure of mitochondrial complex 1, a large protein complex in the respiratory chain, and at the same time learned new aspects of its functionMitochondria produce ATP...


Expensive Parkinson's drugs may produce 'bigger placebo effect'

1/29/15 - A placebo effect from higher expectations for a drug's efficacy is greater if people with Parkinson's disease are told the injection is more expensive, a controlled study suggests.