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Parkinson’s Might Be Treatable via Stem Cell Therapy

Interest in the potential of stem cell therapy to treat a variety of neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), has been growing for several years, but the question remains: how close are these treatments to clinical use? A new article in the journal Acta Neurologica Scandinavica explored whether stem cell…

Exercise in Older Parkinson’s Patients May Lower Risk of Falling

Exercise can be a powerful prescription for improving movement in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients. Researchers, trying to pinpoint those exercises that might best quell PD symptoms, recently reported that both power training and yoga were helpful to older people with PD. Their study, titled “Comparative Impact of Power Training…

Plant-Based Flavonoids May Protect Neurons in Parkinson’s Disease

Plant-produced flavonoids may help ward off Parkinson’s disease according to a new article from researchers in Malaysia and Australia. The report, titled “Protective Mechanisms of Flavonoids in Parkinson’s Disease,” appeared in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder in which dopamine cells…

In Parkinson’s, There’s Growing Recognition of Cognitive Problems

When most people think about Parkinson’s disease (PD), they focus on movement problems almost exclusively. But mild cognitive impairment is among other potential disease symptoms, although medical professionals and researchers currently disagree on the extent and exact nature of this problem in Parkinson’s patients. Progressive tremors and rigidity occur in PD largely due to the…

Study Finds Protective Effects of Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease

Over time, levodopa and dopamine agonists’ treatment in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients can become ineffective to control involuntary movements. Laboratory studies on PD animal models suggest that physical training may help to alleviate these symptoms offering an alternative form of therapy. Now, a research team at Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense in Brazil…

New Study Tracks Parkinson’s Disease Within the Brain

Researchers led by Alain Dagher and collaborators at McGill University recently published a study entitled “Network Structure of Brain Atrophy in de novo Parkinson’s Disease” in the journal eLife where they reveal new insights into Parkinson’s disease (PD) progression. PD is the second most common…

Study Finds High Frequency of Parkinsonism in Adults With Autism

A study entitled “High rates of parkinsonism in adults with autism”, published 30 August, 2015 in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, has established a correlation between autism and parkinsonian motor signs. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed in approximately 1.5% of children in the…

Study Identified Specific Neurons Responsible for Daily Life Memories

A collaboration between researchers from the University of Leicester, the University of California Los Angeles and Tel-Aviv University identified neurons responsible for the creation of memories on everyday episodes. The study entitled “Rapid Encoding of New Memories by Individual Neurons in the Human Brain” appeared  July 1, 2015…

Researchers Identify New Mutation Link In Parkinson’s Disease

A collaboration between the University College London Institute of Neurology, the University of Cambridge and the University of Sheffield found a new link between genetic mutations associated to Parkinson’s disease (PD). The study entitled “The Parkinson’s disease–linked proteins Fbxo7 and Parkin interact to mediate mitophagy” was published…

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