Kara Elam,  —

Kara Elam is currently working on her Doctorate in Health Policy. She holds Master Degrees in both epidemiology and microbiology. Her research interests include emerging viral diseases, the intersection of human rights and intellectual property rights, and ending violence against women.

Articles by Kara Elam

Virtual Reality System Being Tested That Might Detect Parkinson’s Disease

A collaborative effort between two Russian technology institutes may result in a virtual reality system that is able to detect and diagnose such neurodegenerative diseases as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. According to the Virtual Reality Society, virtual reality systems would allow a healthcare provider to conduct diagnostic assessments without the need for more invasive,…

Parkinson’s Disease Risk Seen to Rise in People with Hepatitis C

Evidence has shown a potential connection between chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and neurological and psychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). In a recent study, investigators sought to determine if the disease was, in fact, a significant risk factor for Parkinson’s development. Their findings, in a study…

Innovative Nano-Technology Teaches Parkinson’s Damaged Neurons To Heal Themselves

Researchers from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are using patients’ own immune cells to enhance the brain’s ability to heal damaged nerve fibers caused by degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. This innovative research is being conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Elena V Batrakova, PhD, Associate Professor at the UNC Eshelman…

Crystalized Images Uncover Secrets of Hormone Receptors

Recently, researchers from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) released results from X-ray crystalography analysis of the the neuropeptide hormone neurotensin, which has been shown to be involved in Parkinson’s Disease (PD).  Their research resulted in the first images showing how…

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