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Light-sensitive protein to study Parkinson's disease

Tuesday October 30, 2012

Introducing a light-sensitive protein in transgenic nerve cells... transplanting nerve cells into the brains of laboratory animals... inserting an optic fibre in the brain and using it to light up the nerve cells and stimulate them into releasing more dopamine to combat Parkinson's disease...

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Andrew Brierley was wide awake and watching his own deep-brain surgery on a screen

Tuesday October 30, 2012

ANDREW Brierley wants to eat spaghetti. Matt McDonald and Rob Wilcox think it is a good idea, so they take a journey to the centre of Andrew's brain.

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Harvard Mouse Study May Help Explain Parkinson’s Puzzle

Tuesday October 30, 2012

Researchers at Harvard Medical School may have solved the mystery of why the standard treatment for Parkinson’s disease is often effective for only a limited period of time.

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Parkinson's Disease: Tips for Caregivers

Tuesday October 30, 2012

With more than one million people affected with Parkinson’s disease in the United States today, there are many issues that caregivers are either facing now or will face in the future. Parkinson’s disease is a slow, degenerative disease manifesting itself in stiff muscles, difficulty walking, and other movement-related issues over time.

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Proposal to settle class-action suit may benefit many Medicare patients

Wednesday October 24, 2012

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Medicare patients with severe chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's would get continuing access to rehab and other services under a change agreed to by the Obama administration, advocates said Tuesday.

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With Sequestration, Parkinson's Research Funding at Risk for Deep Cuts

Wednesday October 24, 2012

The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) is an active voice in the fight for strong federal biomedical research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Despite the advocacy community’s best efforts, for the past nine years NIH funding has not kept pace with inflation and the deep, ripple effect of this lack of growth has long-term consequences for the discovery of better treatments and cures.

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Key player in Parkinson’s disease triggered neuron loss pinpointed

Wednesday October 24, 2012

London: By reprogramming skin cells from Parkinson’s patients with a known genetic mutation, researchers have identified the damage to neural stem cells as a powerful player in the disease.

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David Levanthal: “Dance for PD” founder and leader

Wednesday October 24, 2012

Due to commitments at the Ringling International Arts Festival, I was sorry to have to miss the symposium offered last weekend by Sarasota’s Neuro Challenge Foundationwith David Levanthal, a former dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group (here for the festival) and founder of “Dance for PD” and Dr. Cheryl Waters, a professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University and expert on Parkinson’s disease, as part of their Distinguished Parkinsons’ Speakers series.

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Backyard Brains: On neuroscience and cockroach legs

Wednesday October 24, 2012

(CNN) -- Neuroscience may not be for everyone. But Backyard Brains co-founder Greg Gage hopes to make it a little less intimidating and a lot more accessible.

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Carnett: Sharing our fight with Parkinson's makes us brothers

Wednesday October 17, 2012

My friend and I are more than pals.

We've become, well, brothers.

It's no different than what I experienced decades ago when I served in the U.S. military and had a number of Army "brothers." They were my closest buddies. I would have willingly given my life for them, and they — astonishingly —would have done the same for me.

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