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2012-01-17 16:55:55

Imagine if doctors could spot Parkinson´s disease at its inception and treat the protein that triggers it before the disease can sicken the patient.   A team of researchers led by Basir Ahmad, a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University, has demonstrated that slow-wriggling alpha-synuclein proteins are the cause of aggregation, or clumping together, which is the first step of Parkinson´s. The results are published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the...

2012-01-17 13:24:51

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step forward in isolating the cause of Parkinson's disease in younger adults. Research by a team in the University´s Department of Biology found evidence that movement disorders, including tremor and slowness of movement (bradykinesia), associated with Parkinson´s disease (PD) may be due to a defect in energy production in the nervous system. The advance may help to identify young adults who may be susceptible to the...

2011-12-28 06:00:00

"Take Charge of Parkinson's Disease: Dynamic Lifestyle Changes to Put You in the Driver's Seat," an unusual how-to book for anyone on the journey of living with PD, offers new perspectives and evidence based support for boosting physical and emotional resilience through brain healthy nutrition, exercise, healthy coping strategies, and enlightened caregiving. The practical measures and emotional support offered in the book -- which demonstrate potential to possibly slow the progression of the...

2011-12-23 06:48:20

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — A new strategy in treating Parkinson patients may help calm tremors and help people live a more normal life. The key -- stabilizing the cell´s power-generating center, the mitochondria. Mitochondria are damaged in Parkinson´s Disease (PD), leading to loss of dopaminergic neurons and degeneration of brain function. Taking advantage of the fact that viruses often stabilize mitochondria in order to ensure survival of the cells they infect, a team led by...

2011-12-19 14:57:47

Stabilizing the cell's power-generating center protects against Parkinson's disease (PD) in a rat model, according to a report published online this week in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (www.jem.org). Mitochondria–the energy production center of cells–are damaged in PD, leading to loss of dopaminergic neurons and degeneration of brain function. Taking advantage of the fact that viruses often stabilize mitochondria in order to ensure survival of the cells they infect, a...

2011-12-16 13:59:19

Parkinson's disease is marked by the abnormal accumulation of α-synuclein and the early loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra region of the brain. A polymorphism in the promotor of α-synuclein gene known as NACP-Rep1 has been implicated as a risk factor for the disease. Now, researchers have found that different variants of NACP-Rep1 and its interaction with the microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) H1 haplotype can influence the speed of clinical...

2011-12-01 01:47:31

New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that phosphorylated alpha-synuclein, a substance found in the blood of Parkinson's patients, could lead to definitive diagnostic tool A new research report appearing in the December issue of the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) shows how scientists from the United Kingdom have developed a simple blood test to detect Parkinson's disease even at the earliest stages. The test is possible because scientists found a substance in the blood, called...

2011-11-30 10:46:46

A University of Kentucky faculty member is a contributing author on a new study demonstrating a connection between a common solvent chemical and Parkinson's disease. Dr. Franca Cambi of the UK Kentucky Neuroscience Institute collaborated with researchers from across the U.S. on a paper recently published in the Annals of Neurology. The novel study looked at a cohort of human twins wherein one twin had been occupationally exposed to trichloroethylene (TCE) and other chemicals believed to be...

2011-11-11 01:20:16

Study of hereditary Parkinson's finds that mitochondria can't be cleared out when damaged Current thinking about Parkinson's disease is that it's a disorder of mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles inside cells, causing neurons in the brain's substantia nigra to die or become impaired. A study from Children's Hospital Boston now shows that genetic mutations causing a hereditary form of Parkinson's disease cause mitochondria to run amok inside the cell, leaving the cell without a...

2011-10-26 00:31:39

The Scripps Research Institute, funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Will Further Investigate the SGK1 Gene — A First Step Toward Developing Possible Treatments for Parkinson´s Disease 23andMe, Inc., a leading personal genetics company, has announced the first-time discovery of the potentially protective nature of the gene serum/glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) which appears to be protective against a high-risk leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) mutation for...