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Depression May Lessen Effectiveness of Parkinson’s Drugs

April 21st, 2014
Depression May Lessen Effectiveness of Parkinson's DrugsIn an unexpected finding, new research suggests depression can hamper cognitive function among Parkinson’s’ patients receiving traditional dopamine replacement therapy. Scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine ...

Modeling the Cellular Basis of Memory

April 17th, 2014
Modeling the Cellular Basis of MemoryResearchers at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains the cellular mechanisms responsible for retaining select memories a few hours after an event. This new ...

Scientists Create Virtual Brain to Study Neurological Disorders

February 16th, 2014
Scientists Create a Virtual Brain to Study Neurological DisordersResearchers are hoping that the world’s largest simulated brain — known as Spaun — will be used to test new drugs that lead to breakthrough treatments for ...

Higher Vitamin D Tied to Better Cognition, Mood in Parkinson’s Patients

January 18th, 2014
Higher Vitamin D Tied to Better Cognition, Mood in Parkinson's PatientsA new study has found that higher levels of Vitamin D in patients with Parkinson’s disease was associated with lower severity of symptoms, better ...

Bias Found In Aggressive Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

January 6th, 2014
Bias Found In Aggressive Treatment of Parkinson's DiseaseA new report suggests female, black and Asian patients with Parkinson’s disease are less likely to receive deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. DBS is a proven intervention to ...

Inosine May Benefit Parkinson’s Patients

December 29th, 2013
Inosine Treatment Found to Elevate Urate Levels to Slow Parkinson's  A two-year clinical trial conducted by a consortium led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, and the University of ...

Brain Chemical Genes Influence Sensitivity to Reward, Punishment

November 24th, 2013
Brain Chemical Genes Influence Sensitivity to Reward, PunishmentA new study reveals that certain genes related to serotonin or dopamine influence how we make choices based on rewards or punishments we experienced in the past. And ...

Simple Test Helps Gauge Dopamine Loss in Parkinson’s

November 10th, 2013
Simple Test Helps Gauge Dopamine Loss in Parkinson's  A new study suggests that a simple dot test could help doctors gauge the extent of dopamine loss in individuals with Parkinson's disease. "It is very ...

Study Suggests How Lasers Might Treat Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s

November 4th, 2013
Study Suggests How Lasers Might Treat Parkinson's, Alzheimer'sSwedish and Polish researchers report a discovery that may provide a treatment for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease ("mad cow disease"). Investigators found they could distinguish ...

Brain Development Appears to Differ in Children Who Stutter

October 13th, 2013
Brain Development Appears to Differ in Children Who Stutter  New research shows that children who stutter have less grey matter in key regions of the brain responsible for speech production than children who do ...