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Tag: Parkinson's

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...
RNA
A massive RNA sequencing effort has identified changes in microRNA associated with Parkinson's. Some of the changes correlated with disease progression, holding out hope that they could be useful as prognostic or diagnostic biomarkers to help guide research and evaluate potential therapies. Pinning down Parkinson's Although Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease...
cute white rat
In a new study, a group of researchers report on their success in priming stem cells to differentiate into dopaminergic neurons in rat brains. Loss of these neurons is a major cause of Parkinson’s disease [1]. Less neurons, more Parkinson's Neuronal degeneration is the culprit behind several age-related disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD), which affects...
Disintegrating mind
Jeanne Louise Calment from France was the oldest person to grace this Earth, living a full life until 122 years of age [1]. She continuously exercised, taking up fencing in her 80s and cycling in her 100s. She claimed to have achieved such a long life through olive oil, port, and chocolate. There are many...
Neurons
Researchers have found that blocking the activity of a single gene causes other cell types to become dopamine-producing neurons, a type of neuron that Parkinson’s disease destroys. What is Parkinson's disease? Parkinson's disease is a progressive, age-related, neurodegenerative disease that mainly affects the motor system and thus movement. Symptoms start gradually; sometimes it begins with...