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  • UC RIVERSIDE: Here's how common brain parasite affects humans

    06/14/2016 12:22:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | 11 June 2016 6:18am | Mark Muckenfuss
    The organism Toxoplasma gondii can harm people with weak immune systems, UCR research finds. There’s a good chance you have a parasite living in your brain. A UC Riverside scientist has just made a significant discovery on how it operates, when it becomes a problem and how the damage it causes might be controlled. Emma Wilson is a professor of biomedical science with UCR’s School of Medicine. She has been studying Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite found in all mammals, for 15 years and just published a research paper in the online journal PLOS Pathogens, connecting the single-celled organism to brain...
  • Muhammad Ali has died at age 74

    06/03/2016 9:22:34 PM PDT · by BAW · 313 replies
    No link as yet. TV stations have broken to news that Muhammad Ali had died.
  • Muhammad Ali placed on life support

    06/03/2016 2:07:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 120 replies ^ | 6/3/16 | Chris Perez
    Muhammad Ali has been placed on life support — and his family fears that it “likely won’t be long until he passes away,” according to a report. The boxing legend was hospitalized in Scottsdale, Ariz., for a respiratory issue on Thursday and insiders tell Radar Online that his loved ones are now rushing to his side because it appears his condition has worsened. “He needs every bit of fight he’s got left to survive,” a source told the website. “Doctors are telling the family that it likely won’t be long until he passes away.”
  • Bill Clinton Battling Brain Damage

    05/05/2016 3:47:46 PM PDT · by Grim · 259 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | Feb 4 2016 | J.R. Taylor
    Bill Clinton’s battle with a tragic brain disease is sparking fears he won’t live to see the November elections! “Bill is clearly not the same person he was a year ago, or even six months ago,” a political spy told The National ENQUIRER. "He is much slower physically, and he suffers periodic mental lapses.”
  • *VANITY* ... Michael J Fox ... *VANITY*

    04/13/2016 7:36:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 39 replies ^ | April 13, 2016 | knarf
    Michael J. Fox is a tragic shell of his former self and so crippled by Parkinson’s disease that he needs help getting into a car. On Feb. 15, the reclusive 54-year-old actor tried to enjoy a rare night out with his actress wife Tracy Pollan at the Hollywood restaurant Craig's. As Pollan followed, the stricken Back to the Future star, whose speech is slurred and who walks with a limp while dragging his left foot, was put into the vehicle by several helpers. "It was heartbreaking," an insider told "Michael's bravery knows no bounds. But as the disease takes...
  • So Agreeable: Clinton Nods Almost Non-Stop During Roundtable Discussion

    03/26/2016 8:16:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 24, 2016 | David Rutz
    Hillary Clinton could not stop showing her agreement during a roundtable in Los Angeles on Thursday, nodding her head almost without a break for at least three-and-a-half minutes during one man’s remarks. Salam Al-Marayati, the head of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, spoke at length near the end of the roundtable with other Muslim community leaders about, among things, the positive role Muslims could play in the United States in combatting radicalization. Clinton, seated to his right, nodded fervently throughout his speech. She also nodded a lot at the other speakers that discussed myriad issues involving the American Muslim community....
  • Need prayer for myself, parents

    02/21/2016 6:58:53 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 35 replies
    February 21, 2016, 8:34 AM | Patriot777
    I am apparently having cardiac problems that will be diagnosed in near future, as I am having some definite symptoms. My dad, who is 78, suffers from horrible chronic pain from bone spurs in his cervical spine (neck), in which a second surgery has been ruled out, has Parkinson Disease, and has as a result of the bone spurs pinching his auditory nerves has 95% hearing loss. He also has pervasive degenerative osteoarthritis. My mom, who is 77, suffers with repeated bouts of multiple lung infections that have not responded to any type of antibiotic therapy, and her 5 ft...
  • Dreaming While Awake

    08/31/2015 11:56:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    In February 1758 the 90-year-old Charles Lullin, a retired Swiss civil servant whose sight had been progressively failing since a cataract operation five years before, began to see considerably more than he had become accustomed to. For the next several months he was visited in his apartment by a silent procession of figures, invisible to everyone but him: young men in magnificent cloaks, perfectly coiffured ladies carrying boxes on their heads, girls dancing in silks and ribbons. These visions were recorded and published in 1760 by his grandson, the naturalist Charles Bonnet, after whom the syndrome of hallucinations in the...
  • Beer could help 'protect brain against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's'

    02/02/2015 1:11:36 PM PST · by wtd · 49 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 10:55AM GMT 02 Feb 2015 | Telegraph Men
    Beer could help 'protect brain against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's' " As self-delusional arguments go, it sounds like it is up there with claims that a bowl of ice-cream supplies a quarter of your daily calcium needs. However, scientists in China have found that drinking beer could help protect the brain from a number of degenerative brain diseases. A team of researchers at Lanzhou University have published a study which claims that xanthohumol, a type of flavinoid found in hops, could help protect the brain against the onset of diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and dementia. According to Jianguo Fang,...
  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • Legendary DJ Casey Kasem Missing

    05/12/2014 4:06:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    WTAE, ABC 4, Pittsburgh ^ | 5:20 PM EDT May 12, 2014
    A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife said the former “Top 40” host had been removed from the country. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where Kasem is being treated and report back to the court. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem. Casey Kasem’s children have complained that they have been unable to see...
  • Casey Kasem: He’s Dying … A Few Months to Live

    10/21/2013 2:23:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Thirty Mile Zone ^ | 10/19/2013 12:40 AM PDT | TMZ Staff
    Casey Kasem will die in the next few months … this according to a rep for Casey’s wife Jean. As we reported, Casey and Jean were sued by a former caregiver who claimed she was mistreated and cheated by Jean during her employment with the couple. The housekeeper, Hilda Loza, sued in small claims court and the case was heard Friday. …
  • Kasem children seek control of his health care

    10/08/2013 11:11:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2013 7:03 PM EDT | Linda Deutsch
    The three adult children of radio host Casey Kasem have filed a legal petition to gain control of his health care. The filing says Kasem is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease and is being isolated from his children, friends and family members by his wife. The petition for conservatorship filed Monday brought a long-running family feud into the courts. The applicants, Julie, Kerri and Mike Kasem, contend that Kasem’s wife Jean refuses to tell them the name of their father’s primary care physician and they are unable to check on his condition. …
  • Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers: U.S. study

    04/26/2013 10:17:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:49pm EDT | Carey Gillam
    Heavy use of the world’s most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers, according to a new study. The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food. Those residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, according to the report, authored by Stephanie...
  • Protein's destructive journey in brain may cause Parkinson's

    11/29/2012 12:56:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 16, 2012 | Laura Sanders
    Clumps of alpha-synuclein move through dopamine-producing cells, mouse study finds The insidious spread of an abnormal protein may be behind Parkinson’s disease, a study in mice suggests. A harmful version of the protein crawls through the brains of healthy mice, killing brain cells and damaging the animals’ balance and coordination, researchers report in the Nov. 16 Science. If a similar process happens in humans, the results could eventually point to ways to stop Parkinson’s destruction in the brain. “I really think that this model will increase our ability to come up with Parkinson’s disease therapies,” says study coauthor Virginia Lee...
  • Severe flu increases risk of Parkinson's

    07/22/2012 8:18:59 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 6 replies
    Physorg ^ | 20 July 2012 | Anne Harris et al.
    Severe influenza doubles the odds that a person will develop Parkinson's disease later in life, according to University of British Columbia researchers. However, the opposite is true for people who contracted a typical case of red measles as children – they are 35 per cent less likely to develop Parkinson's. Read more at:
  • Michael J. Fox Looks Past Stem Cells to Internet for Parkinson's Cure

    05/18/2012 8:31:43 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18th 2012 | Russell Goldman
    Michael J. Fox, whose turn from Parkinson’s disease patient to scientific crusader made him one of the country’s most visible advocates for stem cell research, now believes the controversial therapy may not ultimately yield a cure for his disease, he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. There have been “problems along the way,” Fox said of stem cell studies, for which he has long advocated. Instead, he said, new drug therapies are showing real promise and are “closer today” to providing a cure for Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative illness that over time causes the body to become rigid...
  • Early Signs of Parkinson's Might Be Seen in Colon

    05/15/2012 7:18:40 PM PDT · by murron · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 15, 2012 | Rachael Rettner
    A colonoscopy or similar test could one day diagnose Parkinson's disease years before symptoms occur. That's because signs of Parkinson's that appear in the brain also show up in the colon, a new study says.
  • Study links Parkinson's disease to industrial solvent (trichloroethylene)

    11/14/2011 2:50:52 PM PST · by decimon · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | November 13, 2011 | Neil Bowdler
    An international study has linked an industrial solvent to Parkinson's disease.Researchers found a six-fold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson's in individuals exposed in the workplace to trichloroethylene (TCE). Although many uses for TCE have been banned around the world, the chemical is still used as a degreasing agent. The research was based on analysis of 99 pairs of twins selected from US data records. Parkinson's can result in limb tremors, slowed movement and speech impairment, but the exact cause of the disease is still unknown, and there is no cure. Research to date suggests a mix of genetic...
  • Parkinson's Research

    08/23/2011 9:48:51 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    medicalnewstoday ^ | 23 Aug 2011 | Staff
    A breakthrough in Parkinson's disease research came to light this week when researchers reported successfully growing stem cells from the skin of a patient with a rapidly progressing form of the disease. The researchers took skin samples from a patient diagnosed with one of the most progressive forms of Parkinson's disease. "As this type of Parkinson's progresses rapidly it will also make it easier to pick up the effects of drugs tested to prevent nerve cells targeted by the disease from dying," said Devine.
  • REM sleep behaviour disorder is a risk factor for Parkinson’s disease

    07/29/2011 9:46:26 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    Hospital Clínic of Barcelona ^ | July 29, 2011 | Unknown
    Patients suffering REM sleep behaviour disorders dream nightmares in which they are attacked and pursued, with the particularity that they express them by screaming, crying, punching and kicking while sleeping. Lancet Neurology has published the third consecutive work in five years about the relationship between this disorder and Parkinson’s disease. The first work showed in 2006 that 45% of patients who suffer this sleep disorder develop Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. The second article discovered that neuroimaging tests that measure dopamine in the brain, such as the brain SPECT, are...
  • Drug Reverses 'Accelerated Aging' in Human Cells

    07/01/2011 11:49:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    MIT Techno;ogy Review ^ | 06-29-2011 | By Kenrick Vezina
    The discovery has implications for the treatment of several diseases—as well as normal aging in healthy people. The drug rapamycin has been found to reverse the effects of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a fatal genetic disease that resembles rapid aging, in cells taken from patients with the disease. Rapamycin, an immunosuppressant drug used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs, has already been shown to extend life span in healthy mice. Researchers hope the findings will provide new insight into treating progeria as well as other age-related diseases. Skin cells from patients with progeria show a slew of defects: deformities in their...
  • New Genetic Technique Converts Skin Cells Into Brain Cells

    06/13/2011 8:52:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 06-09-2011 | Staff + Lund University.
    A research breakthrough has proven that it is possible to reprogram mature cells from human skin directly into brain cells, without passing through the stem cell stage. The unexpectedly simple technique involves activating three genes in the skin cells; genes which are already known to be active in the formation of brain cells at the fetal stage. The new technique avoids many of the ethical dilemmas that stem cell research has faced. For the first time, a research group at Lund University in Sweden has succeeded in creating specific types of nerve cells from human skin. By reprogramming connective tissue...
  • Bacteria 'linked' to Parkinson's disease (Helicobacter pylori)

    05/23/2011 12:46:07 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | May 22, 2011 | Unknown
    The bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers have been linked to Parkinson's disease, according to researchers in the US. Mice infected with Helicobacter pylori went onto develop Parkinson's like symptoms. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, argues that infection could play "a significant role". The charity Parkinson's UK said the results should be treated with caution. Parkinson's disease affects the brain and results in slow movements and a tremor. Middle-aged mice, the equivalent of being between 55 and 65 in humans, were infected. Six months later they showed symptoms related to Parkinson's, such as reduced...
  • Folding@Home: New GPU3 (version 6.41) client released

    02/27/2011 9:12:18 AM PST · by texas booster · 53 replies
    Folding@Home Website ^ | 01/26/2011 | Vijay Pande
    The latest GPU3 client is now on our high performance client download page. This new client improves GPU identification and has several other minor improvements. For those who are unfamiliar with the other FAH clients: there are several types of high performance clients. SMP refers to multi-core CPUs. GPU3 refers to the latest generation Folding@home GPU client. Currently, GPU3 is only available for NVIDIA GPUs, but we are working on a GPU3 release for ATI. For NVIDIA GPUs, we recommend GPU3. For ATI, we suggest GPU2 until GPU3 has passed through its QA testing (going on now). Finally, the v7...
  • SLU Research Implicates Natural Toxin as Triggering Parkinson’s Disease

    02/10/2011 7:29:33 PM PST · by decimon · 8 replies
    February 10, 2011 | Carrie Bebermeyer
    nvestigators Build a Case Linking Chemical DOPAL to Illness In new research from Saint Louis University, investigators have found evidence that a toxin produced by the brain is responsible for the series of cellular events that lead to Parkinson's disease. The study, published in PLoS One, found that the brain toxin DOPAL plays a key role in killing the dopamine neurons which trigger the illness. In earlier research, Saint Louis University investigators found that DOPAL seemed to be responsible for killing healthy dopamine cells, which in turn causes Parkinson disease to develop. Now, research in an animal model gives them...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research Reverses Effects of Parkinson's Disease in Human Trial

    02/16/2009 1:29:19 PM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies · 815+ views
    LifeNews ^ | February 16, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Adult Stem Cell Research Reverses Effects of Parkinson's Disease in Human Trial by Steven Editor February 16, 2009 Email RSSPrint Los Angeles, CA ( -- Scientists have published a paper in a medical journal describing the results of the world's first clinical trial using autologous neural stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. A leading bioethics watchdog says the results show more money should be put behind adult stem cells.UCLA researchers published their results in February issue of the Bentham Open Stem Cell Journal which outlines the long term results of the trial."We have documented the first...
  • Possible Stem cell treatment for Parkinson's disease from Retinal Cells

    12/20/2010 9:43:46 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies · 3+ views
    Pub Med ^ | 06.28.09
    Retinal pigment epithelial cells secrete neurotrophic factors and synthesize dopamine: possible contribution to therapeutic effects of RPE cell transplantation in Parkinson's diseaseRetinal pigment epithelial cells secrete neurotrophic factors and synthesize dopamine: possible contribution to therapeutic effects of RPE cell transplantation in Parkinson's disease
  • Foetus cell injections give hope to Parkinson's sufferers (abortion as a commodity)

    07/02/2010 1:00:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Mail Online ^ | July 1, 2010 | Sophie Borland
    A treatment for Parkinson's disease that involves injecting patients' brains with cells from aborted foetuses could bring hope to thousands of sufferers. It was first tested more than 20 years ago and hailed as a cure before being abandoned because of devastating side effects. Many of the human guinea pigs lost control of their bodies and experienced writhing and jerking movements for the rest of their lives. Now scientists say they have found a way to control these side effects, which will give hope to many sufferers - such as Hollywood star Michael J Fox and boxing legend Muhammad Ali....
  • Cycling Provides a Break for Some With Parkinson’s (man can't walk, but can ride for miles)

    04/10/2010 10:50:33 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 15 replies · 832+ views ^ | 3/31/2010 | GINA KOLATA
    Dr. Bastiaan R. Bloem of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands thought he had seen it all in his years of caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease. But the 58-year-old man who came to see him recently was a total surprise. The man had had Parkinson’s disease for 10 years, and it had progressed until he was severely affected. Parkinson’s, a neurological disorder in which some of the brain cells that control movement die, had made him unable to walk. He trembled and could walk only a few steps before falling. He froze in place, his feet...
  • Health-reform rally heckler says he's sorry and scared

    03/26/2010 10:56:40 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 37 replies · 1,763+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | Mar 24, 2010 | Catherine Candisky
    The man who berated and tossed dollar bills at a man with Parkinson's disease during a health care protest last week says he is remorseful and scared. "I snapped. I absolutely snapped and I can't explain it any other way," said Chris Reichert of Victorian Village, in a Dispatch interview. In his first comments on an incident that went viral across the Internet and was repeatedly played on cable television news shows, Reichert said he is sorry about his confrontation with Robert A. Letcher, 60, of the North Side. Letcher, a former nuclear engineer who suffers from Parkinson's, was verbally...
  • Tea Partiers Mock Parkinson's Victim (Barf alert!) Please confirm if this is true

    03/19/2010 10:13:13 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 32 replies · 1,461+ views
    youtube ^ | 3/17/2010 | PROGRESS OHIO
    Video by Ohio Progressive claims that tea partiers mocked a man with parkinsons disease. The left has been freaking out all over the web about this. Personally I am calling BS until I have more info. For all I know he could be some socialist doing an act to make the tea party look bad.
  • Military update: Vietnam vets should file claims ASAP

    03/06/2010 10:05:46 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 969+ views
    Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B cell leukemia should file claims now with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, and not wait until VA publishes a regulation officially linking these diseases to wartime service. Advocacy groups are urging the swift filing of claims because veterans eventually found eligible for disability pay for these diseases will be able to receive compensation back to the date their claims were filed. Those who wait for a regulation to add these ailments to VA’s list of diseases presumed caused by exposure to Agent Orange...
  • Green tea chemical combined with another may hold promise for treatment of brain disorders

    12/03/2009 6:40:20 AM PST · by decimon · 13 replies · 774+ views
    Watertown, MA—Scientists at Boston Biomedical Research Institute (BBRI) and the University of Pennsylvania have found that combining two chemicals, one of which is the green tea component EGCG, can prevent and destroy a variety of protein structures known as amyloids. Amyloids are the primary culprits in fatal brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's diseases. Their study, published in the current issue of Nature Chemical Biology (December 2009), may ultimately contribute to future therapies for these diseases. "These findings are significant because it is the first time a combination of specific chemicals has successfully destroyed diverse forms of amyloids...
  • Gene therapy could remedy Parkinson's

    10/17/2009 10:31:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,608+ views
    Nature News ^ | 14 October 2009 | Elie Dolgin
    Introducing three genes corrects motor defects in monkeys.A potential gene therapy for Parkinson's disease can correct motor deficits in monkeys without causing the jerky, involuntary movements that often accompany long-term treatments for the disease. The approach is undergoing preliminary testing in a handful of human patients, who have all shown promising signs of improvement.At present, the most common remedy for Parkinson's disease involves replacing dopamine — the neurotransmitter that is depleted in patients with the disease — by administering the dopamine precursor levodopa, or L-DOPA. Most patients initially regain near-normal motor control, but after several years on L-DOPA the majority...
  • Can an over-the-counter vitamin-like substance slow the progression of Parkinson's disease?

    09/21/2009 3:43:16 PM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 1,029+ views
    Rush University Medical Center ^ | Sep 21, 2009 | Unknown
    Can an over-the-counter vitamin-like substance slow the progression of Parkinson's disease? Rush University Medical Center is participating in a large-scale, multi-center clinical trial in the U.S. and Canada to determine whether a vitamin-like substance, in high doses, can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects about one million people in the United States. "At present, the very best therapies we have for Parkinson's can only mask the symptoms – they do not alter the underlying disease," said neurologist Dr. Katie Kompoliti, a specialist in movement disorders. "Finding a treatment that can slow the degenerative course of...
  • Bird Flu Virus a Possible Trigger for Parkinson's

    08/13/2009 12:56:27 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,211+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | Greg Miller | 10 August 2009
    Enlarge ImageTrouble spots. In mice infected with the H5N1 virus, deposits of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein (arrows) in dopamine neurons may be a sign of neurodegeneration. Credit: H. Jang et al., PNAS Early Edition (2009) Decades after the 1918 influenza pandemic, epidemiologists noted an uptick in the number of people with diminished mobility and other neurological symptoms reminiscent of Parkinson's disease. But despite this and other hints, the idea that viruses can trigger neurodegenerative disease has remained controversial. Now researchers report new evidence for such a link: Mice infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus lose the same dopamine-releasing neurons that...
  • Potential Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Cure Found In Century-old Drug

    07/09/2009 8:02:25 AM PDT · by MetaThought · 92 replies · 2,809+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 18, 2008
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 18, 2008) — A new study conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland shows that a century-old drug, methylene blue, may be able to slow or even cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Used at a very low concentration – about the equivalent of a few raindrops in four Olympic-sized swimming pools of water – the drug slows cellular aging and enhances mitochondrial function, potentially allowing those with the diseases to live longer, healthier lives. A paper on the methylene blue study, conducted by Hani Atamna, PhD, and a his team at Children's, was published in...
  • Playing Nintendo Wii 'relieves Parkinson's symptoms'

    06/12/2009 11:13:27 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 1 replies · 376+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 12, 2009
    The games console, which simulates sport and other physical activities like dancing and guitar hero, could potentially improve symptoms of the degenerative illness, experts say. As well as helping with coordination and reflexes - Parkinson's impairs motor skills - medics think that the Wii has other benefits as well...such as lifting depression and increasing energy levels in patients. Doctors at the Medical College of Georgia piloted an eight-week study where they asked 20 Parkinson's sufferers to spend an hour the Wii three times a week for four weeks. The patients, all in a stage of the disease where both body...
  • Stem Cells: Dr. Oz on 'Oprah'

    04/06/2009 8:45:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 28 replies · 3,771+ views
    ncr ^ | 04.04.09 | Tom Hoopes
    Here’s Josh Brahm explaining this “Oprah” spot, in which Dr. Oz comes out against embryonic stem-cell research on scientific grounds (Warning: In it he handles, pokes and slices a real human brain).  Catholics remember sadly that Michael J. Fox was a huge proponent of clone-and-kill stem-cell research. How ironic that President Obama, who claims to want to “follow science” is funding precisely the kind of research that the medical community is abandoning. See Josh Brahm’s essay “9 Things the Media Messed Up About the Obama Stem Cell Story.”On the “Oprah” show, Dr. Mehmet Oz handles the brain of a 50-year-old...
  • Indirect brain treatment may relieve Parkinson's symptoms

    03/20/2009 1:53:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 562+ views
    Nature News ^ | 19 March 2009 | Alison Abbott
    External magnetic fields or spine implants could provide alternatives to invasive brain surgery. Movement and motor skills can be at least partially restored by either stimulating or inhibiting particular regions of the rats' Parkinson's-like brains with light.Karl Deisseroth The symptoms of Parkinson's disease could one day be relieved by indirect electrical stimulation of the brain, via the spinal cord or even through the surface of the skull, according to two studies on rodents.Parkinson's disease is a severe neurological disorder characterized by tremors, rigid limbs and difficulty in moving. Some patients who do not respond to drug treatment undergo deep brain...
  • The Great McCain Story You've Probably Forgotten

    11/01/2008 7:16:15 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 19 replies · 1,345+ views
    Slate ^ | April 9, 2008 | Michael Lewis
    For the past few years, Udall has lain ill with Parkinson's disease in a veterans hospital in Northeast Washington, which is where we were heading. Every few weeks, McCain drives over to pay his respects. These days the trip is a ceremony, like going to church, only less pleasant. Udall is seldom conscious, and even then he shows no sign of recognition. McCain brings with him a stack of newspaper clips on Udall's favorite subjects: local politics in Arizona, environmental legislation, Native American land disputes... ...Beneath a torn gray blanket on a narrow hospital cot, Udall lay twisted and disfigured....
  • Vitamin D deficiency (found in a study of Parkinson’s disease.)

    10/13/2008 5:56:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,131+ views
    Science News ^ | October 13th, 2008 | Nathan Seppa
    Study finds Parkinson’s patients are more commonly lacking in the vitamin than Alzheimer’s patients or healthy peopleA vitamin D shortage is more likely to show up in people with Parkinson’s disease than in healthy people or those with Alzheimer’s disease, scientists report in the October Archives of Neurology. The study is the most recent contribution to a torrent of findings linking vitamin D deficiency with health risks. It’s well documented that such a deficiency can cause osteoporosis. Studies in recent years have also implicated a shortage of vitamin D in heart disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cancer and even respiratory problems....
  • Folding@Home - Turning Up the Speed!

    08/17/2008 9:23:54 AM PDT · by texas booster · 175 replies · 1,995+ views
    With the 6.20 (classic & GPU) and 6.22 (SMP) clients out, we (Dr. Pande and the F@H team) can start looking forward to the next steps in client development. We still have some last bits of work to completely unify the clients, but the hard part is already completed there for the most part. The 6.2x series introduces several new features for donors, but in time, the clients have been getting gradually more and more complex to use. The Win/SMP and multi-gpu setups are examples of very challenging setups. Our primary plans for the future are to make setup much...
  • Researchers sniff out Parkinson's breakthrough

    06/29/2008 5:16:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 95+ views
    abc ^ | 06.16.08
    Australian scientists have discovered that stem cells found in the back of a patient's nose can produce the chemical which is missing in people with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease occurs when the brain cells that produce the chemical dopamine stop working.  Without dopamine, nerve cells cannot function, leading to muscle problems. Researchers from Griffith University and the University of Queensland harvested adult stem cells from the noses of Parkinson's disease patients.  They found that once the nose cells were cultured and infused into animals with Parkinson's disease, the cells began to produce dopamine.  Professor Peter Silburn from the University of...
  • Scientists Closer to Cure for Parkinson's Thanks to Adult Stem Cell Research

    06/29/2008 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 162+ views
    Life News ^ | 06.09.08 | Steven Ertelt
    Adult stem cell research, for the pro-life community, is ethically superior to embryonic stem cell research because it doesn't involve the destruction of human life. Scientists at Griffith University in Australia are advancing the notion that its effectiveness is superior as well. The researchers published an article on Friday in the medical journal Stem Cells showing that the use of adult stem cells may be getting closer to a cure, or at least an effective treatment, for Parkinson's. Their new studies show adult stem cells from a patient's own nose could treat their condition. The paper showed the finding that...
  • Breakthrough: Adult Stem Cells & Parkinson’s

    06/27/2008 8:50:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 185+ views
    the anchoress ^ | 06.12.08
    Breakthrough: Adult Stem Cells & Parkinson’s Great - and, for anyone following the stunning medical advances being made thanks to ADULT Stem Cell Research - unsurprising news on the Parkinson’s front. Just as numerous spinal cord injuries are being successfully treated with ASC taken from nasal cavities, it looks there sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease may be helped, too.Scientists Say Cure for Parkinson's Disease Right under Their Noses SYDNEY, Australia, June 12, 2008 ( - New research on stem-cell therapy shows scientists have found that the cure for Parkinson’s disease may lie right under one’s nose - or rather, in it....
  • Israeli therapy uses adult stem cells to treat Parkinson's Disease

    03/31/2005 5:14:36 AM PST · by IAF ThunderPilot · 7 replies · 550+ views
    Israel21c ^ | March 27, 2005 | Roberta Neiger
    Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics has developed a novel stem cell therapy to treat Parkinson's Disease - using a patient's own bone marrow stem cells to produce the missing chemical that enables restoration of motor movement. The process - which successfully alleviated symptoms of Parkinson's in rats - will be tested on monkeys next year, with human clinical trials scheduled for the following year. About 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson's, a chronic progressive neurodegenerative disease. Parkinson's affects those brain cells responsible for production of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that directs motor movement. Insufficient dopamine levels result in tremor, rigidity, slowness...
  • Scientists Say Cure for Parkinson's Disease Right under Their Noses

    06/13/2008 8:39:40 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 163+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 06.12.08 | Peter J. Smith
    SYDNEY, Australia, June 12, 2008 ( - New research on stem-cell therapy shows scientists have found that the cure for Parkinson's disease may lie right under one's nose - or rather, in it. Researchers from Griffith University have published a study in the journal Stem Cells that has found adult stem-cells harvested from the noses of Parkinson's patients developed into dopamine-producing brain cells upon being transplanted into the brain of a lab rat. Professor Alan Mackay-Sim said researchers simulated Parkinson's symptoms in rats by creating lesions on one side of the rat's brain to imitate the damage Parkinson's disease wreaks...
  • Folding@Home - The Race For 50 Million!

    05/04/2008 8:43:25 AM PDT · by texas booster · 119 replies · 503+ views
    Folding@Home Forum ^ | 04/22/2008 | Vijay Pande
    In the near future, we will be releasing some new projects which require a very rapid turn-around time. These are peptide fragment simulations which we are interested in simulating for a time-sensitive collaborative project involving protein structure prediction. These WUs will go directly to the classic clients running with -advmethods. Non-classic clients (eg SMP, GPU, PS3) will not be affected, as all of these calculations will be run via the AMBER core and only the classic client supports the AMBER core. To reward users for participating in this exciting project, we will be giving a x1.5 bonus in the points...