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Why Does Parkinson’s Disease Effect Women And Men Differently?

There is growing evidence that Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects women and men differently. In a new review[1] scientists present the most recent knowledge about these sex-related differences and highlight the significance of estrogens, which play an important role in the sex differences in PD. “It is becoming increasingly evident that PD differs in women and […]

The Mystery Of How One Gene Contributes To Parkinson’s, Crohn’s And Leprosy

Researchers have struggled for years to understand how mutations in one gene, called LRRK2, can increase the risk of three very different diseases: Parkinson’s (a brain disease), Crohn’s (a gut disease) and leprosy (a peripheral nervous system disease). Now, a Canadian team has found that inflammation is the likely culprit. “Everyone thought that LRRK2’s primary […]

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 […]