The science of smell is an exciting area of research.
Microscopic flakes of polystyrene can enter brain cells and cause harm, a new study in mice has shown.
Tai chi has been practised for centuries.
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This centuries old martial art was shown to reduce the severity of symptoms in the long-term.
Exercise may be able to slow the progression of symptoms.
Aerobic exercise appears to be particularly beneficial.
The surprising parallel between spider silk spinning and fibres toxic to humans could lead to new clues about how to fight neurodegenerative disorders.
Past age 50, men are much more likely to have REM sleep behavior disorder than women.
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REM sleep behavior disorder is characterized by acting out dreams, which may include shouting, kicking and punching during sleep.
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This AI tool showed promise for early diagnosis. It also pointed to chemicals that may reduce or increase the risk of Parkinson’s.
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.