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More Evidence For Intestinal Origins Of Parkinson’s Disease

A theory that Parkinson’s disease can arise in the intestinal system and from there migrate to the brain has now gained support from new research[1]. Aarhus University investigators observed the disease migrate from the gut to the brain and heart of laboratory rats. Parkinson’s disease is characterised by slowly destroying the brain due to the […]

The Sex Gene SRY And Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease common in elderly people, is twice as prevalent in men than in women. A new study published this month suggests the sex gene (SRY on the male-specific Y chromosome) plays a role in the loss of dopamine-making neurons that underlies this disease. As well as providing a spectacular example […]

Ear Canal Stimulation Can Help Manage Parkinson’s Symptoms

Gentle, controlled stimulation of the ear canal can help reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a new study led by the University of Kent has shown. The randomized, controlled study showed that twice-daily stimulation for two months was associated with a significant reduction in both motor and non-motor features of Parkinson’s disease. Participants reported greater movement […]

Antioxidant Precursor Molecule Could Improve Parkinson’s

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a naturally occurring molecule that replenishes one of the body’s antioxidants and now shows potential benefit as part of a standard course of treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study. The study found improvements in dopamine levels, the primary neurotransmitter that is specifically decreased in Parkinson’s disease, as […]

Parkinson’s Disease Propagates From Gut Cells Via The Vagus Nerve

A new study offers a more accurate model in which to test treatments that could prevent or halt Parkinson’s disease progression. In experiments in mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report they found additional evidence that Parkinson’s disease originates among cells in the gut and travels up the body’s neurons to the brain. “These findings provide […]