Latest Parkin Stories

2012-03-02 13:44:32

Molecular 'tweezers' break up toxic aggregations of proteins Millions of people suffer from Parkinson's disease, a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and worsens over time. As the world's population ages, it's estimated that the number of people with the disease will rise sharply. Yet despite several effective therapies that treat Parkinson's symptoms, nothing slows its progression. While it's not known what exactly causes the disease, evidence points to one particular...

2012-02-23 13:43:46

Patients studied produced pictures, sculptures, novels and poetry Some Parkinson's Disease patients can suddenly become creative when they take dopamine therapy, producing pictures, sculptures, novels and poetry. But their new-found interests can become so overwhelming that they ignore other aspects of their everyday life, such as daily chores and social activities, according to research published in the March issue of the European Journal of Neurology. Italian researchers studied 36...

2012-02-08 10:22:40

Treatments for Parkinson's disease, estimated to affect 1 million Americans, have yet to prove effective in slowing the progression of the debilitating disease. However, University of Alabama researchers have identified how a specific gene protects dopamine-producing neurons from dying in both animal models and in cultures of human neurons, according to a scientific article publishing in the Feb. 8 edition of The Journal of Neuroscience. This increased understanding of the gene's...

2012-02-07 21:11:13

UB researchers identify how the parkin gene works and how mutations cause Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease researchers at the University at Buffalo have discovered how mutations in the parkin gene cause the disease, which afflicts at least 500,000 Americans and for which there is no cure. The UB findings reveal potential new drug targets for the disease as well as a screening platform for discovering new treatments that might mimic the protective functions of parkin. UB has...

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...

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