Author Archives: Joana Carvalho

Evidence Found That Proteins BMP5/7 May Help Slow Parkinson’s

Scientists have found evidence that BMP5 and BMP7, two bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) that have been found to play a role in the development of dopamine-producing neurons, may help slow or even stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease. They discovered in a mouse model of Parkinson’s that the two…

Alpha-Synuclein RNA Molecule May Help Tell Apart Parkinson’s, DLB

The levels of a specific RNA molecule that provides instructions to make the alpha-synuclein protein may help, at an early stage, to distinguish patients with Parkinson’s disease from those with dementia with Lewy bodies, a study has found. Researchers said these results highlight the importance of exploring the potential…

Risk of Cognitive Problems Tied to Weight, Depression, Sleep

People with early Parkinson’s disease are at a higher risk of developing later cognitive problems if they are overweight, have symptoms of depression or anxiety, or have sleep issues or often feel sleepy during the day, a study has found. Recognizing these signs early on, and identifying those at…

Sex, Age and Family History Seen to Raise Parkinson’s Risk

Older age, male sex, and a family history of Parkinson’s disease appear to associate with a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s later in life, according to an Italian study. The research also suggested that dietary choices and work history influenced the disease’s development, with those who consumed meat on…

Top 10 Parkinson’s Stories of 2020

Throughout 2020, Parkinson’s News Today brought you daily coverage of important discoveries, treatment advancements, preclinical and clinical studies, and other relevant events related to Parkinson’s disease. We are looking forward to bringing more news this year to those with Parkinson’s, their caregivers, and loved ones. Here we present our 10…

Parkinson’s Patients Twice as Likely to Commit Suicide, Study Finds

Patients with Parkinson’s disease are two times more likely to commit suicide than people from the general population, according to data from a Taiwanese population-based study. Importantly, this increased risk of self-inflicted death was found to be independent of socioeconomic status, dementia, and the presence of other mental disorders,…

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