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Scientists image brain structures that deteriorate in Parkinson's

Tuesday November 27, 2012

The technique, which combines several types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), could allow doctors to better monitor patients' progression and track the effectiveness of potential new treatments, says Suzanne Corkin, MIT professor emerita of neuroscience and leader of the research team. The first author of the paper is David Ziegler, who received his PhD in brain and cognitive sciences from MIT in 2011.

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How pedal power could ease Parkinson's: Cycling can improve connections in brain regions linked to the disease

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Cycling could help ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, scientists believe.

The exercise improved connections between brain regions linked to the disease and boosted patients’ co-ordination and balance, research has shown.

Exercising on a bike is ‘an effective, low-cost therapy for the disease’, one researcher said.

Some 120,000 Britons have Parkinson’s. Symptoms include tremors, speech problems and a gradual slowing down of the body.

As the disease progresses, speech and balance can be affected and some sufferers become wheelchair-bound.

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To reduce drug errors, Parkinson's patients are educating hospitals

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Hy Carpenter must take his medication for Parkinson's disease six times a day in three-hour intervals.

If he's late in taking a dose -- even by a few minutes -- the 73-year-old St. Paul man can experience "freezing," as his legs slow to the point where he can't keep walking.

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Potential Cause of Parkinson's Disease Identified

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Deciphering what causes the brain cell degeneration of Parkinson's disease has remained a perplexing challenge for scientists. But a team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has pinpointed a key factor controlling damage to brain cells in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease. The discovery could lead to new targets for Parkinson's that may be useful in preventing the actual condition.

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Speech test may help diagnose Parkinson's

Tuesday November 27, 2012

- DETROIT -- Identifying Parkinson's disease one day might be as easy as a speech test -- a non-invasive, inexpensive tool that in early experiments has shown surprisingly accurate results, a Michigan State University researcher said Wednesday.

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A 3-D Light Switch for the Brain

Tuesday November 20, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 19, 2012 — A new tool that delivers precise points of light to living brain tissue in three dimensions could one day help treat Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy; it could even aid in the understanding of consciousness and how memories form.

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Can you ride a bike? Then you're a marvel

Tuesday November 20, 2012

Most of us remember our first proper bike. It's a rite of passage, symbolising our transition from "little" to "big" kid. Even more exhilarating is the day we take our first ride without stabilisers. What most of us don't realise is just how complex the art of riding a bicycle actually is. So complex, in fact, that researchers are just beginning to investigate how on earth we manage to propel ourselves, constantly rocking back and forth with the movement of our legs, on two skinny wheels; simultaneously navigating movement in multiple planes while trying to avoid countless obstacles.

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Parkinson's disease protein found in intestinal wall

Tuesday November 20, 2012

Usually scientists look at the brain when it comes to researching Parkinson's disease. But a recent study turned up a surprising clue in the intestines. This unexpected finding may change how the devastating disease is treated.

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Mothering and Daughtering

Tuesday November 20, 2012

She is standing at the kitchen sink ready for church: flowered skirt, knit top, matching blouse, stockings, comfortable shoes, makeup. It must have taken her a good three hours, but she is ready to go. I catch myself as I am just about to say, “Wow, I’m so proud of you. You did it all by yourself.” Moments before, I had said those very words to my son, Madoc, about putting on his own shoes, and he’s two and a half. My mother just turned 75. “Wow, Mom” I say instead, “you look great. Let’s go.” If someone would have told me I’d be living with my mother as I neared my thirty-fifth year, I would have shaken my head and laughed. No, you’re mistaken. Wrong girl.

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Feeling slow on Turkey Day

Tuesday November 20, 2012

It’s 3 p.m. You have just gorged yourself on Thanksgiving turkey. How are your Parkinson’s symptoms? Feeling more slowed down? Noticing more tremor? Feeling stiffer? It may be more then the tryptophan (in the turkey) that’s affecting you.

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