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Tag: Parkinson's

Severe brain disease
In the Journal of Inflammation, researchers from Johns Hopkins University have published a detailed review of the relationship between brain inflammation and the principal diseases of dementia. A focus on genetics and environment One out of twenty Americans over 85 have Parkinson's disease [1], and seven out of twenty have Alzheimer's [2]. While genes are...
Lewy bodies
A team of researchers publishing in Nature Communications has described nanobodies that can destroy the α-synuclein aggregates that characterize Lewy bodies, which are associated with dementia and Parkinson's disease [1]. What are nanobodies? Traditional antibody therapies, while promising in some studies, are too large to enter cells in order to affect the aggregates there [2]....
Common Aggregate
Research funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Cell has thoroughly described a little-known amyloid aggregate that accumulates in the brains of people suffering from multiple proteostasis-related neurological disorders. Three classes of pathology, one protein fragment The authors of this study list three different classes of neurodegenerative protein disorders: TDP-43 proteinopathies, such...
Parkinson's
A study published in Cell Reports has found α-synuclein, the fundamental protein of Parkinson's disease, to be critical in immune function. The gut-brain axis as a channel for disease Parkinson's disease, which causes damage to the portion of the brain responsible for movement, is widely known to be caused by the aggregation of α-synuclein. This...
Neuron Connections
Researchers have identified an important mechanism of neurodegeneration that may be useful in treating age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia [1]. These neurons must die Age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, have become more prevalent mostly because of the successes of modern medicine. Today, more people become old enough to fall prey to...
Foods rich in niacin
A clinical trial on the effectiveness of niacin supplementation in Parkinson's disease patients has recently been published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. The link between niacin and Parkinson’s disease Niacin is a form of vitamin B3 that is commonly manufactured as a dietary supplement. Patients with Parkinson’s have considerably lower levels of vitamin B3 compared...

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