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PD protein plays vital 'marshalling' role in healthy brains

Monday September 19, 2016

While malfunctioning alpha-synuclein has long been recognised as a hallmark of Parkinson's Disease, its role in healthy brains was not properly understood until now. The new study, carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, shows that the protein regulates the flow of cellular transporters known as synaptic vesicles -- a process fundamental to effective signalling in the brain.

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Is it Alzheimer's or another type of dementia?

Wednesday September 14, 2016

With more than 100 dementia causes, Alzheimer's shouldn't be assumed. Along with Alzheimer's, Lewy body and vascular dementia – the kind related to stroke – make up the top three types of dementia affecting older adults.

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Stem cells injected into brain of patient

Tuesday September 13, 2016

Stem cells have been injected into the brain of a Victorian patient as part of a world-first trial to treat Parkinson’s disease.

In experimental surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital neuroscientists transplanted millions of cells at 14 injection sites via just two 1.5cm holes in the skull.

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Can yoga help Parkinson's patients?

Sunday September 11, 2016

The focus on yoga as a possible therapy for Parkinson's stems from its gentleness and its emphasis on breathing, strength and flexibility.

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Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease?

Thursday September 08, 2016

Having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing diseases caused by toxic protein aggregation, such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Scientists have discovered a new communication process between organelles inside the cell, including mitochondria, and shown how fat metabolism plays a central role in linking mitochondrial health to cytosolic protein homeostasis. Another study uncovers a new signaling pathway that may explain the peripheral wasting seen in Huntington's.

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Common molecular mechanism of Parkinson's pathology discovered

Thursday September 08, 2016

Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have located an intracellular defect that they believe is probably common to all forms of Parkinson's disease.

This defect, which precedes the death of a group of nerve cells whose loss is the hallmark of the condition, play a critical role in triggering that die-off.

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Virtual Reality Test Could Make It Easier To Diagnose MS And Parkinson’s

Tuesday September 06, 2016

Scientists are developing an affordable virtual reality test to help doctors make early diagnoses of neurodegenerative disorders such as MS and Parkinson’s.

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Seattle hospital offers new treatment to stop shaking

Monday September 05, 2016

The Swedish Neuroscience Institute is the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to offer focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor. Recently the Food and Drug Administration approved this type of non-invasive treatment for patients who have not responded to medication.

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The Decline of Tube Feeding for Dementia Patients

Monday August 29, 2016

The proportion of nursing home residents with advanced dementia who receive a feeding tube has dropped more than 50 percent, a new national study has found.

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New test may help detect Parkinson's disease in early stages of illness

Sunday August 28, 2016

A test that can detect Parkinson's disease in the early stages of the illness has moved a step closer.

Scientists have developed a way of detecting a molecule linked to the condition in samples of spinal fluid from patients.

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Sep 19 - PD protein plays vital 'marshalling' role in healthy brains
Sep 14 - Is it Alzheimer's or another type of dementia?
Sep 13 - Stem cells injected into brain of patient
Sep 11 - Can yoga help Parkinson's patients?
Sep 8 - Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease?
Sep 8 - Common molecular mechanism of Parkinson's pathology discovered
Sep 6 - Virtual Reality Test Could Make It Easier To Diagnose MS And Parkinson’s
Sep 5 - Seattle hospital offers new treatment to stop shaking
Aug 29 - The Decline of Tube Feeding for Dementia Patients
Aug 28 - New test may help detect Parkinson's disease in early stages of illness
Aug 25 - Stealthy Biotech Revives Stalled Parkinson's Drug, Reveals Plans In Alzheimer's and ALS
Aug 22 - Parkinson's Disease Could Be Diagnosed Through Eye Check, Mice Help Researchers In Further Study
Aug 22 - Machine learning to unlock Parkinson's disease mystery
Aug 22 - Manufacturing Dopamine in the Brain with Gene Therapy
Aug 21 - Cognitive control plays major role in Parkinson’s Gait
Aug 15 - 'I've Never Felt Constrained': After Parkinson's Diagnosis, Chestnut Hill Man Turns To Drumming
Aug 11 - Virtual reality and treadmill training could help prevent falls in older adults
Aug 9 - New laboratory model replicates early phase of Parkinson's before onset of motor symptoms
Aug 8 - Marshall University Scientists Develop A New Approach For Parkinson’s Disease Therapy
Aug 5 - Cambuslang woman diagnosed with Parkinson's at 42 is set to trek through Alps