Forest Ray PhD,  —

Forest Ray received his PhD in systems biology from Columbia University, where he developed tools to match drug side effects to other diseases. He has since worked as a journalist and science writer, covering topics from rare diseases to the intersection between environmental science and social justice. He currently lives in Long Beach, California.

Articles by Forest Ray

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk of Parkinson’s

People with type 2 diabetes may have an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and for experiencing faster Parkinson’s progression, according to a large-scale analysis of past research. The study, “Type 2 Diabetes as a Determinant of Parkinson’s Disease Risk and Progression,” was published in the…

Compound Used to Stop Smoking Can Protect Neurons in Female Mice

A plant-derived medicine used to help people stop smoking, known as cytisine, might be neuroprotective and a potential Parkinson’s disease treatment, an animal model study reports. In female mice, the compound appeared to work with estrogen to limit the loss of the dopamine-producing neurons, nerve cells whose death characterizes…

Stem Cell Therapies Show Promise, But Challenges and Risks Remain

Cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease — especially that based on stem cells — holds great potential but come with significant challenges yet to be overcome. The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) recently commissioned a report on the state of stem cell therapies in Parkinson’s, to both…

Air Pollution Tightly Linked to Parkinson’s Clusters in Swiss Study

Clusters of Parkinson’s disease correlated significantly with air quality in urban versus more rural areas, a study spanning the Geneva canton of Switzerland reports, lending support to the idea that air pollution contributes to the disorder. The study, “Geospatial analysis of individual-based Parkinson’s disease data supports…

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