Parkinson’s News

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 ...

Parkinsonism Common in First-Episode Psychosis

October 6th, 2013
Parkinsonism Common in First-Episode PsychosisParkinsonism often accompanies a person’s first episode of psychosis and may be a sign of further cognitive impairment, according to a new study published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin. Parkinsonism is the condition ...

Depression May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s

October 4th, 2013
Depression May Increase Risk of Parkinson'sA neurological study suggests that people who are depressed may have triple the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. "Depression is linked in other studies to illnesses such as cancer and ...

New Brain Imaging Technique Helps Diagnose Parkinson’s

June 14th, 2013
New Brain Imaging Technique Helps Diagnose Parkinson’s A new study gives hope that a brain-imaging technique will improve diagnoses for the millions of people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Researchers from ...

Pesticides, Weed Killers May Increase Parkinson’s Risk

May 28th, 2013
Pesticides, Weed Killers May Increase Parkinsons RiskA review of more than 100 studies finds that exposure to solvents, bug killers and weed killers is linked to a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s ...

Mice Study Finds Cancer Drug May Work on Common Brain Diseases

May 13th, 2013
Mice Study finds Cancer Drug May Prevent Common Brain Diseases A new study suggests low doses of a leukemia drug may provide a new treatment strategy for neurodegenerative diseases. Georgetown University Medical ...

Parkinsons’ Drug May Help Older People Make Decisions

March 24th, 2013
Parkinsons' Drug May Help Older People Make Decisions A new study has found that a drug used to treat Parkinson's Disease can help reverse age-related impairment in decision making in some ...