Exercising at home has a positive effect on Parkinson’s patients

In a large double-blind study, Radboud university medical center researchers show that patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease can exercise regularly at home for 6 months. This regular exercise has a positive effect on their motor disability comparable to the effect of conventional Parkinson’s medication. Even though exercise is known to be healthy, many people find it difficult […]

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New guideline on Parkinson’s disease aimed at physicians and people with Parkinson’s

A comprehensive new Canadian guideline provides practical guidance for physicians, allied health professionals, patients and families on managing Parkinson disease, based on the latest evidence. The guideline is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), accompanied by an easy-to-reference infographic and podcast. Parkinson disease is a debilitating, progressive neurological condition that affects quality of life for patients and their caregivers. […]

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Parkinson’s disease: These mouth difficulties could mean you are at risk

Parkinson’s develops when cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These brain cells produce a chemical called dopamine. Symptoms start to appear when the brain can’t make enough dopamine to control movement properly. People with Parkinson’s disease commonly experience tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle stiffness) – but there are many other symptoms […]

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Smart brain stimulators: Next-gen Parkinson’s disease therapy

Researchers at the University of Houston have found neuro biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease that can help create the next generation of “smart” deep brain stimulators, able to respond to specific needs of Parkinson’s disease patients. Those with the disease often undergo the high-frequency brain stimulation, a well-established therapy for the progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, but the therapy […]

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Ear stimulation may help manage Parkinson’s symptoms, says study

The stimulation therapy was performed at home using a portable headset produced exclusively for clinical investigations by Scion Neurostim, a US-based device company. A gentle, controlled stimulation of the ear canal may help reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to a study. The study, published in the journal Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, showed that twice-daily stimulation for two months was […]

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Parkinson’s disease: The five stages of Parkinson’s disease and how to spot the condition

Parkinson’s disease is characterised by the loss of cells of the brain or spinal cord, which over times leads to dysfunction and disability. It affects predominantly dopamine-producing neutrons in a specific area of the brain. The cause of Parkinson’s remains largely unknown and although there is no cure there are many treatment options including medications and surgery. Stage one The […]

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Promising molecule targets protein to offer hope for people with Parkinson’s

Results from a study published today looking at a molecule targeting clumps of alpha-synuclein, a key protein linked to Parkinson’s, offers hope that it may be possible to slow down or prevent the progression of the condition in humans. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have been able to investigate the effect of a molecule called anle138b, by developing a […]

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Automatic neurological disease diagnosis using deep learning: Analyzing brain waveforms using neuroimaging big data helps improve diagnosis accuracy

A team of researchers from Osaka University and The University of Tokyo developed MNet, an automatic diagnosis system for neurological diseases using magnetoencephalography (MEG) , demonstrating the possibility of making automatic neurological disease diagnoses using MEG. Their research results were published in Scientific Reports. MEG and electroencephalography (EEG) are essential for diagnosing neurological diseases such as epilepsy. MEG allows for […]

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Parkinson’s clues seen in tiny fish could aid quest for treatments

Parkinson’s patients could be helped by fresh insights gained from studies of tiny tropical fish. Research using zebrafish has revealed how key brain cells that are damaged in people with Parkinson’s disease can be regenerated. The findings offer clues that could one day lead to treatments for the neurological condition, which causes movement problems and tremors. Parkinson’s occurs when specialised […]

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A new hope in treating neurodegenerative disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most representative degenerative brain disease, accounting for 60 to 80% of all dementia cases. In search for new mechanism for AD, the research team led by Professor Seong-Woon Yu of Brain and Cognitive Sciences paid attention to the autophagy of microglia, brain immune cells, is suppressed by inflammation. ‘Microglia’ are phagocytic immune cells which are […]

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