We knew people with Parkinson’s disease were at heightened risk of developing addictive behaviours like gambling. Our research gives insight into why this is.
About one in six people who take the most common medication for Parkinson's disease will develop addictive behaviours. We found whether this happens depends on a person's unique brain structure.
An MRI image of the brain.
Not all drug development needs to start from scratch. Sometimes researchers discover that a drug developed for one disease can be used for another. Here a cancer drug may show promise for dementia.
Figuring out the pieces to the Alzheimer’s puzzle.
Many pieces leading to Alzheimer's disease have been identified. To put the pieces together, one scholar argues that the government should launch a Manhattan Project-scale effort to find a cure.
Researchers are developing treatments for blindness caused by neurodegeneration.
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A new type of drug blocks the destruction of neurons in the eye, preventing blindness. The researchers hope that the same therapy can be applied to other common neurodegenerative diseases.
Symptoms for Huntington's disease typically only start to be experienced in mid-adulthood.
Cyanobacterial blooms and algae are common in water bodies around the world. However, Australia is yet to monitor the growth of neurotoxins in our algae.
A toxic chemical produced by algae and linked to motor neuron disease has been detected in NSW rivers. Its presence - long suspected but now confirmed - could be linked to a disease hotspot in the Riverina.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after dementia.
2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the 1817 publication of Dr James Parkinson’s seminal work on what he called the "Shaking Palsy".
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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Improvements in education and vascular health are likely partly responsible for a sharp decline in dementia over the past few decades. The trend may continue, if we also address obesity and diabetes.
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There is a direct correlation between memory-related regions of the brain shrinking with age, and the tendency to develop…
Researchers have identified a molecular pathway mutation that is the likely cause of several untreatable, neurodegenerative…
A US study has found older adults claiming to have had a life-changing religious experience showed evidence of a shrinking…
A previous study found that individuals with diabetes had double the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, and that the…
A positive result from predictive genetic testing can give rise to mental health issues, such as depression and suicide.
Genetic mutations are the cause of many incurable diseases and we now have tests to predict the likelihood of people developing inherited diseases. But predictive genetic tests for neurodegenerative diseases…
An unexpected discovery has led scientists to open an intriguing new window into the human brain, via the visual system…
A mechanism which causes healthy brain cells to transform into epileptic ones has been discovered by researchers from the…
A potential genetic cause for a severe sleep disorder that is closely linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s…
Researchers have shown for the first time that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower relapse risk in multiple…