Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

Turning Words Into Actions May Improve Memory

Acting out a word or phrase may help people keep memory of it — a phenomenon called the enactment effect — and this also may hold true for those with poor motor control due to Parkinson’s disease, according to a review study. “Our meta-analysis found that even Parkinson’s disease…

Genetic Mutations May Affect Parkinson’s Progression

Certain genetic mutations may help determine the length of survival in Parkinson’s disease patients, according to findings by a team of researchers from four institutes in Paris. Patients with Parkinson’s who carried a mutation in either the LRRK2 or the PRKN genes were found to live longer than those…

High RAS Antibody Levels May Drive Disease, But Medicines Exist

Antibodies against certain components of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), which helps to control blood pressure, are present at higher levels in people with Parkinson’s than in those without the disease and may drive progression, a study found. These elevated levels of autoantibodies — which make nerve cells more vulnerable…

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