Living near major roads linked to increased risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS

Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published this week in the journal Environmental Health. Researchers from the University of British Columbia analyzed data for 678,000 adults in Metro Vancouver. They found that living less than 50 metres from … Read more Living near major roads linked to increased risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS

New gel boosts cell survival in damaged brain tissue

A novel way to transplant cells using a ‘hydrogel’ offers new hope for people with brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease and stroke patients, according to researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) and Deakin University. The team’s new hydrogel significantly boosts stem cell treatments that target and regenerate damaged brain tissue. The hydrogel – a gel … Read more New gel boosts cell survival in damaged brain tissue

Molecular bodyguards against Parkinson’s disease

Chaperone proteins in human cells dynamically interact with the protein α-Synuclein, which is strongly associated with Parkinson’s disease. A disturbed relationship to these “bodyguards” leads to cell damage and the formation of Lewy bodies typical for Parkinson’s disease. The findings by researchers from the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have been published in Nature. Parkinson’s disease … Read more Molecular bodyguards against Parkinson’s disease

Minimally invasive procedure relieves tremors in Parkinson’s patients

A procedure that applies pulses of focused ultrasound to the brain is safe and effective for reducing tremors and improving quality of life in people with essential tremor (ET) or Parkinson’s disease (PD) tremor, according to a new study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). … Read more Minimally invasive procedure relieves tremors in Parkinson’s patients