Study predicts future burden of Parkinson's disease in New Zealand
Jul 07, 2017
Numbers of people with Parkinson's disease will double over the next 25 years, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Christchurch's specialist brain research group.
New tool could lead to earlier diagnosis, better treatment of Parkinson's disease
Jul 06, 2017
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in humans, after Alzheimer's disease. It is typically characterized by changes in motor control such as tremors and shaking, but can also include non-motor ...
People with Parkinson's should be monitored for melanoma, study finds
Jul 05, 2017
People with the movement disorder Parkinson's disease have a much higher risk of the skin cancer melanoma, and vice versa, a Mayo Clinic study finds. While further research is needed into the connection, physicians treating ...
Transcranial stimulation and/or physical therapy improves walking speed in Parkinson's disease
Jun 27, 2017
Noninvasive brain stimulation and physical therapy—alone or in combination—improve some measures of walking ability in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), concludes a clinical trial in the American Journal of Physical ...
Parkinson's is partly an autoimmune disease, study finds
Jun 21, 2017
Researchers have found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity—in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues—plays a role in Parkinson's disease, the neurodegenerative movement disorder. The findings raise ...
Predicting cognitive deficits in people with Parkinson's disease
Jun 20, 2017
Parkinson's disease (PD) is commonly thought of as a movement disorder, but after years of living with PD approximately twenty five percent of patients also experience deficits in cognition that impair function. A newly developed ...
Hi-res view of protein complex shows how it breaks up protein tangles
Jun 15, 2017
Misfolded proteins are the culprits behind amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other neurodegenerative brain disorders. These distorted proteins are unable to perform their normal ...
Pre-clinical study suggests Parkinson's could start in gut endocrine cells
Jun 15, 2017
Recent research on Parkinson's disease has focused on the gut-brain connection, examining patients' gut bacteria, and even how severing the vagus nerve connecting the stomach and brain might protect some people from the debilitating ...
Genetic variants linked to higher BMI may be protective against Parkinson disease
Jun 13, 2017
Genetic variants linked to higher body mass index (BMI) are associated with lower risk of Parkinson disease, according to a study published by Nicholas Wood and colleagues from the University College London, UK, in PLOS Medicine.
Balance and movement improved in animal model of Parkinson's disease
Jun 12, 2017
Researchers at UCLA have developed a molecular compound that improves balance and coordination in mice with early stage Parkinson's disease. Further, the drug, called CLR01, reduced the amount of a toxic protein in the brain ...