Children who had persistent bad dreams were over six times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than children who never had bad dreams.
In deep brain stimulation, electrodes – the pale white lines – are implanted into a patient’s brain and connected to a battery in a person’s chest.
Deep brain stimulation and trasncranial magnetic stimulation treat mental illness by sending electrical currents into parts of the brain. Every new patient provides researchers with a wealth of information. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Epileptic seizures are caused by brain cells becoming overactive.
This technique could also be applied to other conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease.
If governments want to tackle drug use, targeting those at most risk is a better strategy than mass campaigns.
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Clues that a person is at risk of developing Parkinson’s disease can start 20 years before movement problems begin.
COVID has been linked with a higher rate of psychiatric and neurological disorders.
People who get COVID continue to face increased risks of developing some neurological and psychiatric conditions, like psychosis and dementia, for up to two years afterwards.
Advances in artificial intelligence and technology have allowed researchers to better explore the mechanisms behind neurostimulation.
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Existing brain connections may influence the effectiveness of neurostimulation. Tailoring treatments to each individual brain could expand the number of conditions brain stimulation can treat.
People reported having frequent bad dreams at the beginning of the study were twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s compared with those who had them less than once a week.
It’s thought whole-body vibration training improves physical function for the same reasons exercise does.
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Whole-body vibration training is gaining interest as it’s easier to do than regular exercise.
The treatment is called ‘expiratory muscle strength training’; it is an exercise program targeting the muscles used when you swallow or cough.
Berries are a good source of flavonoids.
Flavonoids are a compound found in many foods that are shown to reduce inflammation and slow cell damage.
Exercise spurs the release of the body’s natural cannabinoids, which have myriad benefits for mental health and stress relief.
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A growing body of research points to the body’s natural cannabinoid system as the primary driver behind the runner’s high – and the mental health boost and stress relief following exercise.
Music has a powerful effect on the brain.
Neurologic music therapy aims to help patients manage symptoms and function better in daily life.
Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of toxic pollutants that can be harmful to both the lungs and the brain.
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Pollution from more frequent floods and wildfires – exacerbated by the warming climate – is threatening human health and poses particular risks to the brain.
Care has come a long way.
Parkinson’s results from the deterioration of neurons in part of the brain called the basal ganglia.
Patients had fewer lymphocytes in their blood.
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Our study found lower levels of one type of immune cell – which may even be seen years before a person develops the disease.
Proprioception makes it possible to situate the body in space.
Proprioception is the sense that allows us to rapidly know without looking where each part of our body is.
The protein, called GDF5, plays an important role in the development and function of certain brain neurons.
Neurotrophic factors play an important role in protecting neurons – which is why researchers are investigating them as a treatment for Parkinson’s.
Our stomach and brain are connected through the ‘gut-brain axis’.
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Our gut microbes play a key role in sending and receiving signals that influence the brain.
Parkinson’s is a motor disease which can affect eye movement.
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Parkinson’s disease may be diagnosed by looking for subtle changes in eye movements and thinning of retina layers.