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Parkinson’s, dementia: Is this the key to preventive therapy?

Parkinson’s, dementia: Is this the key to preventive therapy?

Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies are both characterized by impaired brain function tied to neural death. A landmark new study has identified how a main culprit behind neuron damage — the alpha-synuclein protein — harms the neurons. A new ‘groundbreaking study’ may help us to understand what drives neural damage in Parkinson’s disease […]

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Could eating fish stave off Parkinson’s disease?

Could eating fish stave off Parkinson’s disease?

According to the latest research, a chemical commonly found in fish might prevent Parkinson’s disease. The team also unearth a unique mechanism that could help design better drugs to attack neurodegenerative diseases. A fish-heavy diet may help to prevent neurodegenerative conditions in later life. Over the decades, a serious amount of research has gone into […]

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What causes your lip to twitch?

What causes your lip to twitch?

Someone with a twitching lip will often experience quick movements or trembling sensations in their lip without doing anything. Twitching lips can be annoying and hard to ignore. Lip twitching is the result of a miscommunication between the lip nerve and the muscles it controls. This could be due to everyday things, such as too […]

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Parkinson’s disease: Why do brain cells die?

Parkinson’s disease: Why do brain cells die?

Researchers have discovered that a molecule already known to be important for other cell functions may also serve as a target against Lewy bodies, which are the toxic protein deposits that build up in the brain in Parkinson’s disease. Understanding why brain cells die is key for treating Parkinson’s. The molecule, called cardiolipin, is an […]

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Could your tears help to diagnose Parkinson’s?

Could your tears help to diagnose Parkinson’s?

One day, it might be possible to diagnose Parkinson’s disease noninvasively by checking for biological markers in tears, new research suggests. Researchers reveal that a protein found in tears could help to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. The study — led by the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles — found that tear samples from […]

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Could an existing drug halt Parkinson’s disease?

Could an existing drug halt Parkinson’s disease?

Researchers have discovered a mechanism through which toxic protein clusters develop in the brain in Parkinson’s disease. It may be treatable with drugs approved for another disease. The buildup of toxic proteins in Parkinson’s disease could be halted with an already approved drug. In a paper published in the journal Neuron, the scientists describe how […]