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- Nanoplastics promote conditions for Parkinson's across various lab modelson November 17, 2023 at 11:10 pm
Nanoplastics interact with a particular protein that is naturally found in the brain, creating changes linked to Parkinson's disease and some types of dementia.
- Location of strong sense of discomfort in brain foundon November 6, 2023 at 6:48 pm
Researchers have identified a new neural circuit in the brain which produces a strong sense of discomfort when activated. The discovery also allows them to show for the first time that the subthalamic nucleus, a structure in the brain that controls voluntary movements, may also play a role in the development of depression. The results could lead to better treatments for Parkinson's disease.
- Researchers find a cause of Parkinson's diseaseon October 2, 2023 at 4:43 pm
A significant breakthrough sheds light on the underlying mechanisms of Parkinson's disease, offering the potential for innovative treatments in the future.
- Parkinson's: Are our neurons more vulnerable at night?on September 28, 2023 at 7:23 pm
Disturbances in sleep patterns and the internal biological clock are frequently associated with Parkinson's disease. However, the link between biological rhythm and neuronal degeneration remains unclear. A team investigated the destruction of neurons at different times of the day, using the fruit fly as a study model. The scientists discovered that the type of cellular stress involved in Parkinson's disease was more deleterious to neurons when it occurred at night.
- Compensation by healthy brain parts alleviates Parkinson symptomson September 28, 2023 at 7:19 pm
In Parkinson's disease, the cerebral cortex can take over tasks from a deeper part of the brain that has been damaged, where cells that make dopamine have been lost. The strength of compensation by the cerebral cortex determines how many symptoms people have. Patients can stimulate this compensation through sports, for example, and thus slow down the disease process.