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Parkinson’s disease linked to gut bacteria

A new strand of research shows that people suffering from Parkinson’s disease have a different composition of bacteria in their intestines compared with normal adults. A research group think that there is a causative connection.

Op-Ed: Delaying aging by remote control with gene activation

Sydney - A new study has discovered that it is possible to delay ageing by a comparatively simple process of simply activating a gene called AMPK. This gene slows ageing and increases lifespan by triggering a response to low energy levels.

Protein may be key to treating Parkinson's, brain cancer

Chapel Hill - Researchers have found that a protein present in the brain helps neurons and brain cancer cells avoid cell death, a discovery scientists hope will lead to better treatments for not only brain cancer, but for Parkinson’s Disease as well.

Radio personality Casey Kasem dead at 82

The original voice of American Top 40 and Shaggy from Scooby Doo, Casey Kasem has passed away Sunday morning. He was 82.

Baker’s yeast could help combat Parkinson’s

Researchers think that baker's yeast may have the potential for combating neurological conditions like Parkinson's and cancer.

Op-Ed: World first — Memories being made seen for the first time

New York - This news is fascinating, but scary, too. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have imaged the brain of a mouse creating memories using protein synthesis.

Stem cells artificially aged to show Parkinson’s effect

Scientists have developed a method for converting induced stem cells into nerve cells that recapitulate features associated with aging and Parkinson's disease.

Billy Connolly has Parkinson's and undergoes cancer surgery

Comedian and actor Billy Connolly has stated that he has had surgery for prostate cancer and that he has also been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's disease protein might kill TB

A protein which is being studied as part of Parkinson's disease research has been found to play a key role in causing the destruction of bacteria that cause tuberculosis.

Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson's disease

Singer Linda Ronstadt has issued a statement, declaring that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Ronstadt has also said that she is no longer able to sing.

Sudden dip in male sex hormone linked to Parkinson’s disease

Understanding the underpinnings of Parkinson’s disease, estimated to affect 6.3 million people worldwide, is a focus of researchers. A new study links sudden dips in the male sex hormone testosterone to the neurological disease.

Universal protein may offer Parkinson’s cure

Bethesda - A tiny protein found in most living things could hold the cure for a variety of diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.

Video: UCLA live-tweets man playing guitar during brain surgery

The UCLA Medical Center in California became the first to film and live-tweet a brain surgery on its Twitter account. It began live-tweeting videos showing an "awake" craniotomy procedure for surgical implantation of a pacemaker at 6:24 p.m. Thursday.

Edible nicotine could help alleviate Parkinson’s disease

Consuming peppers and other plant sources of dietary nicotine could help to protect against the onset of Parkinson's disease later in life, according to a new study.

Minnesota woman with dementia voted twice, faces felony charge

Saint Peter - Margaret Schneider suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia. The 86-year-old admitted she voted twice during the 2012 primaries and prosecutors say they had no choice but to charge her with voter fraud.

Deep brain stimulation helps with autism

The use of electrodes implanted deep in the brain helps to counter the effects with autism and may help autistic people lead an improved life.

GlaxoSmithKline loses appeal in French 'gay sex addict' case

A Frenchman suffering from Parkinson's disease who claimed he developed addictions to gambling and sex following treatment with a drug made by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has been awarded substantial damages.

Pedaling restores brain connections for Parkinson's patients

Researchers studied patients with Parkinson’s disease recently to find the benefits of pedaling a stationary bicycle to improve motor skills. The study started when a researcher and a Parkinson's patient rode a tandem bike.

Op-Ed: Music's Universal Appeal

The increased use of music therapy as a primary treatment and the combined use of music therapy with other therapies has helped treat a wide array of conditions and diseases.

Op-Ed: Sugar makes you stupid, if it doesn’t try to kill you as well

Sydney - Sugar can do horrible things to your brain. It effectively sabotages synapses, according to a new study. Given that the average American (That poor bastard, didn’t know he was still around) consumes 40kg of sugar per year, that’s not great news.

Michael J. Fox Foundation: New treatment for Parkinson's Disease

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which was set up in the name of the actor to study Parkinson's Disease, has announced that it is to work with the ‘big pharma’ company Sanofi to look at a potential new treatment for the disease.

One type of Parkinson's Disease brain cell created in lab

Buffalo - One of the problems of researching cells damaged by Parkinson's disease in a human being? A scientist needs the brain of someone who has died. For a variant of Parkinson's disease, there might no longer be a need to wait.

Researchers can now observe cell development in Parkinson's

Until now, researchers looking at the effects of Parkinson's disease have been focusing on the function and development of neurons in the brain as it ages.

Doctors should screen Parkinson's patients for signs of abuse

Neurologists treating Parkinson's disease patients should add one more item to their checklist when visiting with a patient. In addition to checking balance, walking speed and other neurological signs, they should check for signs of physical abuse.

Parkinson's disease: When proteins go rogue

Scientists discover that a protein responsible for smooth movement does just the opposite when dopamine levels decrease. This knowledge could lead to new treatments for Parkinson's disease.

Deep brain stimulation: A competitor for Medtronic in America? Special

It looks like Medtronic, which had the lucrative deep brain stimulation market all to itself in the U.S., may find itself with some competition.

Op-Ed: Recent PD/dementia research proves more research is needed

What are we as patients to conclude from Parkinson's disease research that comes to the conclusion that "more research is needed"?

Methamphetamine users at increased risk for Parkinson's disease

A study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that people who have abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine-like stimulants are at a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Ryan Reynolds using Facebook to fight Parkinson's Disease

On the big screen he plays the super-hero Green Lantern. But he also raises funds for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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If you re going to be demented anyway  why not just try to enjoy it?
If you're going to be demented anyway, why not just try to enjoy it?
Representative image of the region of the brain affected by Huntington Disease.
Representative image of the region of the brain affected by Huntington Disease.
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She's a funny, funny girl!
I should just resolve to not touch things that don t belong to me in my dreams.
I should just resolve to not touch things that don't belong to me in my dreams.