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2011-10-07 10:27:56

According to new study published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease In a new study published today in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, Japanese researchers report that the ability to ride a bike can differentiate between atypical parkinsonism and Parkinson's disease, regardless of the environment or situations for bicycling. Atypical parkinsonisms are disorders that look similar to Parkinson's disease, but respond differently to treatments. The "bicycle sign" can help clinicians...

2011-10-05 19:11:29

New research suggests that small "seed" amounts of diseased brain proteins can be taken up by healthy neurons and propagated within them to cause neurodegeneration. The research, published by Cell Press in the October 6 issue of the journal Neuron, sheds light on the mechanisms associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) and provides a model for discovering early intervention therapeutics that can prevent or slow the devastating loss of neurons that underlies PD. Alpha-synuclein...

Gene Mutation Linked To Parkinson's
2011-09-09 07:29:21

  Single 'spelling mistake' affects mechanism for converting a cell's genetic code into proteins Less than two months after publishing findings about a new gene linked to late-onset Parkinson's disease, the same team of scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have discovered another gene responsible for the neurodegenerative disease — providing yet another target for potential treatments. The mutation, a single...

2011-08-31 12:42:57

An international team of researchers led by neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found a genetic variation they say protects against Parkinson's disease. The gene variants cut the risk of developing the disease by nearly 20 percent in many populations. The study, published in the online Aug. 31 issue of Lancet Neurology, also reports the discovery of different variants of the same gene, LRRK2– the most important Parkinson's risk gene found to date – that double...

2011-08-25 14:51:30

Preliminary NIH study may have implications for early onset of the disease National Institutes of Health researchers have found that Parkin, an important protein linked with some cases of early-onset Parkinson's disease, regulates how cells in our bodies take up and process dietary fats. Parkinson's disease is a complex, progressive, and currently incurable neurological disorder characterized by shaking, stiffness, slowed movement, and impaired balance. Parkinson's primarily affects...

2011-08-25 14:48:38

Parkinson disease (PD) is a relatively common neurodegenerative disorder, affecting 1-2% of the world's population over the age of 65 years. About 5-10% of PD cases are inherited, and mutations in the Parkin gene are a common cause of familial PD. Michael Sack and colleagues, at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, have now identified a new function for the protein templated by the Parkin gene, it regulates fat uptake from the blood by liver cells and thereby fat levels in the blood....


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.