- People who eat peppers on a regular basis - 2 to 4 per week -- have a lower risk of developing the neurological disease.
- By boosting the expression of key gene in fruit flies, researchers were able to increase their lifespans and delay the aging process, a discovery that could translate to humans.
- Mario Machado, a longtime Los Angeles news reporter and movie actor, has died at the age of 78.
- NIH researchers used Botox and other similar toxins to examine how brain cells communicate, and discover a new function for a group of proteins called SNARES.
- The translation of human embryonic stem cells into nerve cells helped mice regain cognitive abilities.
- By applying a special gel, scientists can get high resolution images of nerve cells and may no longer need to slice up brain tissue to study diseases.
- Swedish researchers can now read signals from ultra-thin electrodes implanted in a living brain. If supported by funds from President Obama’s brain study, the nanotechnology may lead to major developments in treating neural conditions.
- The devices improved quality of life, clarity of thinking and improved some motor control.
- A saliva gland test may be enough to diagnose Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.
- New research shows that cycling can help restore connections between brain regions linked to Parkinson's disease, and improve coordination and balance.
- Government health officials released a new study revealing that NFL players are three times more likely to die of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease and four times more likely to die of Alzheimer's disease compared to the general population.
- By stimulating certain areas of the brain, researchers theorize, we can prompt the body to combat obesity on its own.
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.