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Parkinson's patients identify balance and anxiety treatments among top ten research priorities

12/20/14 - Patients with Parkinson's, medics and carers have identified the top ten priorities for research into the management of the condition in a study by the University of East Anglia and Parkinson's UK.

Researchers uncover a mechanism regulating dopamine levels in the brain

12/18/14 - Researchers in Montreal led by Jacques Drouin, D.Sc., uncovered a mechanism regulating dopamine levels in the brain by working on a mouse model of late onset Parkinson's disease.

Meth users 'three times more likely' to develop Parkinson's

12/17/14 - A new study supports findings from previous research that meth users are at increased risk for Parkinson's, but it also finds that female users are at particularly high risk.

Hard-to-reach cancers targeted with 'Trojan horse' proteins

12/17/14 - Scientists at Brunel University London have found a way of targeting hard-to-reach cancers and degenerative diseases using nanoparticles, but without causing the damaging side effects the treatment...

Identifying early signs of cognitive decline which are already present in some individuals during midlife

12/16/14 - Signs of cognitive decline related to aging populations, and even the severe cognitive losses seen in Alzheimer's disease and neurodegenerative disorders, may emerge many years earlier, according to...

Yeast are first cells known to cure themselves of prions

12/14/14 - Yeast cells can sometimes reverse the protein misfolding and clumping associated with diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to new research from the University of Arizona.

Study links Parkinson's disease to gut bacteria

12/12/14 - A new study finds that people with Parkinson's disease have a different mix of gut bacteria to healthy counterparts, suggesting this might be useful for diagnosis or treatment.

A dopamine precursor in the toxic fruits of the morinda tree increases fertility in female Drosophila sechellia flies

12/12/14 - In the course of evolution, animals have become adapted to certain food sources, sometimes even to plants or to fruits that are actually toxic.

Parkinson's vaccine tested on first patients

12/10/14 - A novel Parkinson's vaccine will now be tested in a clinical Phase I trial in Austria by an EU-funded consortium.

Parkinson's drugs likely safe for the heart, larger studies needed

12/8/14 - Non-ergot derived dopamine agonists used to treat Parkinson's disease may be safe for the heart, according to preliminary research presented at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014 by Dr Hilal Erken Pamukcu...

Preliminary study suggests Parkinson's drugs safe for the heart

12/4/14 - Non-ergot derived dopamine agonists used to treat Parkinson's disease may be safe for the heart, according to preliminary research presented at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014 by Dr Hilal Erken Pamukcu...

Proper copper levels essential to spontaneous neural activity

12/2/14 - In recent years it has been established that copper plays an essential role in the health of the human brain.

Playing computer games can aid Parkinson's sufferers, new research shows

11/27/14 - New research shows that home computer games could be used as physiotherapy to help improve the lives of people with Parkinson's disease.

Placebo boosts brain activity in Parkinson's patients

11/26/14 - New study finds placebo is as good for boosting learning-related brain activity in Parkinson's patients as a dopamine-enhancing drug - demonstrating the power of expectation.

Parkinson's disease-related weight and eating habits

11/25/14 - Patients affected by Parkinson's disease often show marked changes in body weight: they may gain or lose a lot of weight depending on the stage of the disease, or they may put on up to ten kilos...

Weight and eating habits in Parkinson's disease

11/24/14 - A review of the scientific literature on Parkinson's disease, conducted by SISSA research scientists, shows that even the non-motor symptoms associated with the disease can contribute to the...

Differentiating Parkinson's disease from atypical parkinsonism - simple clinical tests

11/20/14 - Two simple tests conducted during the neurological exam can help clinicians differentiate between early-stage Parkinson's disease (PD) and atypical parkinsonism.

'Medium' daily exercise tied to lower risk of Parkinson's disease

11/19/14 - A new study finds medium amounts of daily physical exercise from doing chores, commuting and leisure pursuits is associated with a reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Computer model of nerve cells provides insights into communication problems in diseases of the brain

11/18/14 - Study shows the interdependency between the structure and function of neuronsNerve cells communicate with each other via intricate projections.

Breakthrough in understanding of Parkinson's disease

11/17/14 - Trinity scientists make breakthrough in understanding how parkin, a gene implicated in Parkinson's disease, controls the repair and replacement of nerve cells.

Single molecular switch may contribute to major aging-related diseases

11/15/14 - Blocking effects of nitric oxide on SIRT1 protein could disrupt inflammation associated with diabetes, atherosclerosis, Parkinson's diseaseA study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)...

Parkinson's disease in a dish

11/10/14 - A team of scientists led by The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute successfully created a human stem cell disease model of Parkinson's disease in a dish.

The inhibition of a mitochondrial fission protein shows promise as a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease

11/8/14 - A study led by a researcher from Plymouth University in the UK, has discovered that the inhibition of a particular mitochondrial fission protein could hold the key to potential treatment for...

Breakthrough in stem cell treatment for Parkinson's

11/7/14 - In a new study, researchers say it is possible to make dopamine cells from embryonic stem cells and transplant them into the brain, paving the way for a new Parkinson's treatment.

Could a high-fat diet help slow brain aging?

11/7/14 - In a mouse model of Cockayne syndrome, scientists claim to have found evidence that brain aging can be postponed if the mice are fed a high-fat diet.