- Some patients with Parkinson's disease respond to treatments they aren't actually given. Doctors are trying to understand why.
- Someday, scientists could wield a protein to keep healthy neurons alive and block it to keep brain cancer cells at bay.
- Researchers have discovered how coffee is able to protect some individuals from Parkinson's disease.
- After a brutal legal battle over life support and suffering from Parkinson's disease for years, Casey Kasem has died at age 82.
- Most of two dozen Parkinson's patients who have received dopamine fetal stem cell transplants have experienced an improvement of symptoms, researchers say.
- Marijuana is making a record comeback in the U.S., and much of it is thanks to its ability to help people with certain illnesses.
- Nanjing University researchers used a "cut and paste" gene mutation technique to breed monkey twins with modified genes, which could help make human disease research more accurate.
- The newly developed drug ProSavin was shown to help suppress tremors, stiffness, and other motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease in a phase I trial.
- A newly discovered protein may allow physicians to limit cell death associated with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease.
- Using mice, researchers showed the importance of circadian clock proteins in neurons, which, in their absence, could deteriorate and possibly lead to Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.
- Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have targeted a new set of genes responsible for igniting key mechanisms of Parkinson's disease.
- A new type of laser may revolutionize treatment for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Creutzfeldt-Jakobs disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown. Modern treatments are effective at managing the early motor symptoms of the disease.