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Scientists Identify Brain Circuitry Associated with Addictive, Depressive Behaviors

Monday April 30, 2012

Scientists at the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institutes have determined how specific circuitry in the brain controls not only body movement, but also motivation and learning, providing new insight into neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease — and psychiatric disorders such as addiction and depression.

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Parkinson's Personality: Disease More Likely to Strike Cautious People

Monday April 30, 2012

Some personality traits appear to be linked with the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

The results show patients with Parkinson's disease are more likely to be cautious and avoid taking risks compared with people who don't have Parkinson's.

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Rocket Man: Astronaut Rich Clifford's journey with Parkinson's disease

Friday April 27, 2012

It's not surprising that Michael “Rich” Clifford is the recipient of this year's Public Leadership in Neurology Award from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and its Foundation—because he practices what he preaches. The former astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lives his advice that people with Parkinson's disease (PD) shouldn't let it “drive what [they] do.”

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Former NHLer opens up about battle with Parkinson's

Friday April 27, 2012

It started 12 years ago.

Steve Ludzik was enjoying a warm summer evening with his wife, Mary Ann, on the porch of their Niagara Falls home. Ludzik was unwinding after his first season as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Then it happened.

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Parkinson's treated with Victorian era device

Tuesday April 24, 2012

A 19th century "vibration chair" has been found by Rush University researchers to significantly improve some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The chair was designed by French anatomist Jean-Martin Charcot (pictured), who is often referred to as the father of modern day neurology. At the time, Charcot reported improvements in his patients, but he died before more complete evaluations could be completed. The Rush researchers set out to replicate his work to see if his claims hold true against modern scientific testing.

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Pausing Parkinson's: Movement may help slow disease

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Joe Jackson, brother of famed basketball coach Phil Jackson, grew up in an active family. He remains active even now, as he lives with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder.

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Roundup herbicide linked to Parkinson’s-related brain damage

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Monsanto's controversial herbicide, Roundup, has now been linked to Parkinsonism related disorders according to research reported in the Neurotoxicology & Teratology journal.

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Michael J. Fox Foundation: New treatment for Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday April 24, 2012

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which was set up in the name of the actor to study Parkinson's Disease, has announced that it is to work with the ‘big pharma’ company Sanofi to look at a potential new treatment for the disease.

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Medications for Parkinson's control symptoms but don't slow progression

Tuesday April 24, 2012

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are the latest findings on Parkinson's disease? Are there any new medications? I've heard a lot about CoQ10 as a promising alternative for those with Parkinson's. Is there any truth to this?

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Parkinson's protein causes disease spread in animal model, suggesting way disorder progresses over time in humans

Wednesday April 18, 2012

Last year, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that small amounts of a misfolded brain protein can be taken up by healthy neurons, replicating within them to cause neurodegeneration. The protein, alpha-synuclein (a-syn), is commonly found in the brain, but forms characteristic clumps called Lewy bodies, in neurons of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. They found that abnormal forms of a-syn called fibrils acted as "seeds" that induced normal a-syn to misfold and form aggregates.

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