Autophagy lets neurons clear out harmful proteins.
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Yoshinori Ohsumi's research on autophagy – a process that lets cells clear out harmful materials – brought biology and medicine closer to finding treatments for chronic and deadly diseases.
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A sufficiently talented brainjacker could one day influence the behaviour of a person in worrying ways.
Smoking therapy – not recommended.
Smoking causes 96,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. The fact that it protects against Parkinson's disease is not a reason to take up the habit.
Some of us can’t help moving to a beat.
The reason why some of us can't help but to dance, and others can't hold a beat, might lie in the brain.
Motor symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness or loss of spontaneous movement.
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 living with the disease. But what do we know about the causes and risk factors?
It’s difficult to sleep when your legs are tap dancing under the sheets.
Restless leg syndrome is a common affliction characterised by uncomfortable feelings in the legs accompanied by an irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the sensations.
Learning to cope.
A disease which can mimic the slow march of old age is especially cruel and challenging for those in the prime of life.
Neuroscience offers hope for developing new treatments for Parkinson’s disease.
Although developments in neuroscience is on the brink of offering hope for millions of Parkinson's disease sufferers, currently there is no cure.
Prion diseases are a rare class of brain disorders that are transmissible between animals of any species, including humans.
New research has identified a known neurodegenerative disease as being caused by prions. And it has again raised the possibility that these proteins are infectious.
Some welcome the possibility of drugs altering our brain for the better, others are concerned about altering our brains at all.
Scientists seek out drugs to cure what ails us but we now know that some common medications affect our moral capacity. Since it's happening already, the question is, should we be worried?
A newborn baby undergoes music therapy at a hospital in Slovakia. The hospital uses music therapy to treat infants who have been separated from their mothers.
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From serving newborns to treating hospice patients, music can be used in medical and psychological treatment with surprising – and real – results.
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Smartphones are designed to be curious. Having already learned about your friendships, your family and the pattern of your daily routine, designers are now interested in your health and fitness. A new…
Researchers are cautiously optimistic about a new treatment for Parkinson’s.
Affiris, a biotech company based in Austria, and the Michael J Fox Foundation, have announced the latest results of a vaccine they have been developing to treat Parkinson’s disease. Following the first…
Researchers have combined data analysis with genomic techniques and found six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s disease…
The drug Levodopa is more effective than newer alternatives at treating newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the long…
Scotland is considering an assisted suicide bill.
A bill on physician-assisted suicide is being considered by the Scottish parliament. It is the second attempt by independent member Margo MacDonald, who has Parkinson’s disease, to get such a law onto…
A natural compound found in grape skins may help stop methamphetamine cravings, and decrease the impact of Parkinson’s disease…
Researchers have discovered how to distinguish aggregations of the proteins believed to cause such diseases such as Mad Cow…
Still could go one way or another.
It has been described as a historical “turning point” in Alzheimer’s treatment - the first time a chemical has been found that can halt the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease, and could…
A zinc shortage in cells decreases protein stability, leading proteins to lose their shape, stop working and clump together…