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  • Scientists discover intricacies of serotonin receptor crucial for better therapeutics
    (University of North Carolina Health Care) For the first time, scientists have figured out why drugs that aim to treat Parkinson's disease, migraines, pituitary tumors, and obesity activate the serotonin receptor 5-HT2B to cause life-threatening heart problems. Published in Nature Structure & Molecular Biology, this research provides drug developers with ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2018-08-20
  • DBS 3.0: Magnetise me?
      Today’s post discusses some interesting new research that could potentially have ‘blue sky’ implications for the treatment of Parkinson’s (‘blue sky‘ meaning somewhere in the longer-term framework).   The research deals with the amazing activity of a newly discovered protein, isolated from tiny little fish. The protein responds to ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2018-08-19By Simon
  • The Science of Constipation
      It is one of the most frequent non-motor features of Parkinson’s and yet it is one of the least publicly discussed. The word ‘constipation’ is generally used to describe bowel movements that are infrequent or difficult to pass. The stool is often dry, lumpy and hard, and problematic to ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2018-08-18By Simon
  • The eyes may have it, an early sign of Parkinson’s disease
    The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson's disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining of nerve cells in ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2018-08-16
  • Study: The eyes may have it, an early sign of Parkinson’s disease
    (American Academy of Neurology) The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson's disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2018-08-16
  • First-of-its-kind Parkinson’s biomarker guidelines invigorates drive for treatments
    A slate of guidelines to shape the future of Parkinson's biomarker research have been published. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2018-08-15
  • Brain Networks Responsible for Naming Objects Identified
    Researchers have identified specific brain networks that helps us associate objects with their names. The study sheds light on how the brain connects meaning to words and could help explain why people with neurodegenerative diseases often have problems naming every day objects. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2018-08-15By Neuroscience News
  • Magnetic gene in fish may someday help those with epilepsy, Parkinson’s
    An aquarium fish that senses the Earth's magnetic field as it swims could help unlock how the human brain works and how diseases such as Parkinson's and other neurological disorders function. Scientists have discovered a navigational gene in glass catfish called the electromagnetic-perceptive gene, or EPG, that responds to certain ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2018-08-14
  • New Genes that May Contribute to Alzheimer’s Identified
    Studying the exomes of 6,000 Alzheimer's patients and 5,000 without the disease, researchers have identified new rare variations in genes that may contribute to dementia. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2018-08-14By Neuroscience News
  • Magnetic gene in fish may someday help those with epilepsy, Parkinson’s
    (Michigan State University) An aquarium fish that senses the Earth's magnetic field as it swims could help unlock how the human brain works and how diseases such as Parkinson's and other neurological disorders function. Michigan State University scientists are the first to discover a navigational gene in glass catfish called ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2018-08-14
  • The genetics of Parkinson’s: New mutants
      The Parkinson’s research community is currently drowning in data related to genetics. It feels like every time one comes up for air, there is a new study highlighting not one, but half a dozen novel genetic variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition. This week alone, ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2018-08-13By Simon
  • ACT UP: Advocacy is Critical To Undoing Parkinson’s
      In March of 2017, activists all over the world celebrated the 30th anniversary of ACT UP. ACT UP was an international direct action advocacy group that was set up to help people with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and more importantly to encourage legislation/policy, ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2018-08-11By Simon
  • Elderly Dialysis Patients Have a Higher Risk of Dementia
    A new study reports older adults who receive dialysis treatment for kidney disease have an increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2018-08-10By Neuroscience News
  • Biomarkers link fatigue in cancer, Parkinson’s
    Biological markers responsible for extreme exhaustion in patients with cancer have now been linked to fatigue in those with Parkinson's disease, according to new research. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2018-08-09
  • Biomarkers link fatigue in cancer, Parkinson’s
    (Rice University) Biological markers responsible for extreme exhaustion in patients with cancer have now been linked to fatigue in those with Parkinson's disease, according to new research from Rice University. ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2018-08-09
  • New Insight on Alzheimer’s: Link Between Dementia and Eye Diseases Discovered
    A new study reveals a considerable link between three common eye diseases and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers believe their findings could help physicians better detect those at risk of developing dementia. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2018-08-08By Neuroscience News
  • Study of Retired NFL and NHL Players Doesn’t Find Evidence of Early Onset Dementia
    A new study, which involved a small sample of former professional athletes, found no evidence of early onset dementia. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2018-08-07By Neuroscience News
  • Back to back stimulation
    Many members of the Parkinson’s community will have heard of deep brain stimulation – a surgical procedure that is offered to individuals with particularly bad tremor or dyskinesias – but there is now another form of stimulation that is now being tested in people with PD. Spinal cord ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2018-08-03By Simon
  • Researchers study how cues drive our behavior
    Neuroscientists have uses a Pavlovian model of conditioning to see if turning on a light -- a simple cue -- just before dopamine neurons were activated could motivate action. ... read more
    Source: Science DailyPublished on 2018-08-02
  • Insulin resistance under-diagnosed in non-diabetics with Parkinson’s disease
    (IOS Press) Almost two-thirds of non-diabetic patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) may be insulin resistant, despite having normal blood sugar, report scientists in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. Their findings suggest that insulin resistance in PD is a common and largely undetected problem, especially in patients who are overweight. ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2018-08-02
  • Green light in Kyoto
    Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative condition. This means that cells in the brain are being lost over time. Any ‘cure’ for Parkinson’s is going to require some form of cell replacement therapy – introducing new cells that can replace those that were lost. Cell transplantation represents one approach to ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2018-08-01By Simon
  • Exenatide treatment alleviated symptoms of depression in patients
    (IOS Press) Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD), such as depression, apathy, cognitive impairment, sleep disorders, and sensory symptoms, can have a greater impact on health-related quality of life than motor deficits. In a post hoc analysis of the exenatide-PD trial results, investigators found that patients on exenatide treatment experienced ... read more
    Source: Eureka AlertPublished on 2018-08-01
  • Monthly Research Review – July 2018
    At the end of each month the SoPD writes a post which provides an overview of some of the major pieces of Parkinson’s-related research that were made available during July 2018. The post is divided into five parts based on the type of research (Basic biology, disease mechanism, ... read more
    Source: The Science of Parkinson’s diseasePublished on 2018-07-31By Simon
  • Parkinson’s disease: Breath test for early diagnosis steps closer
    A sensor array that detects volatile molecules in exhaled breath has potential as a tool for detecting early-stage Parkinson's disease. ... read more
    Source: Medical News DailyPublished on 2018-07-31
  • Feel Light Headed When Standing Up? You May Have a Greater Risk of Dementia
    A new study reveals middle aged people who experience lightheadedness or dizziness upon standing, as a result of a sudden drop of blood pressure, may face a higher risk of developing dementia as they age. ... read more
    Source: Neuro Science NewsPublished on 2018-07-30By Neuroscience News
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