Author Archives: Joana Carvalho

Chinese Herbal Medicine Can Ease Brain Inflammation and Protect Neurons, Mice Study Reports

A concoction made from several Chinese herbal medicines helped reduce brain inflammation and promoted nerve cell survival in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease, a study finds. The study, “Curative Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Chinese Optimized Yinxieling Formula in Models of Parkinson’s Disease,” was published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Treatment With AZD0328, Nicotine Loses Effectiveness as Parkinson’s Progresses, Study Shows

  AZD0328 and nicotine, two nicotinic receptor agonists, lose their effectiveness in treating involuntary muscle movements as a consequence of long-term levodopa treatment throughout the course of Parkinson’s disease, a mouse study finds. The study, “Dyskinesia and brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels after long-term levodopa and nicotinic receptor agonist treatments in female mice…

Deterioration of Nerve Cell Structure Not the Main Cause of Early Parkinson’s Symptoms, Mouse Study Suggests

Although the structure of dopaminergic neurons gradually deteriorates before cell death, these alterations do not seem to account for the subtle impairments seen during the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, a mouse study has found. The study, “Progressively Disrupted Somatodendritic Morphology in Dopamine Neurons in a Mouse Parkinson’s…

Facial Expressions in Parkinson’s Patients Mirror Asymmetry Seen in Motor Symptoms, Study Says

Although no marked differences in the asymmetry of facial expressions distinguished Parkinson’s disease patients and healthy individuals in a study, patients most clearly expressed an emotional reaction on the side of the face corresponding to the side of the body less affected by Parkinson’s motor symptoms, a study found. Its researchers concluded patients’…

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