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Autopsies of deceased boxers and pro football players have long confirmed that repeat head injuries can lead to a devastating brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Now, research supports the notion that contact sports can also raise the odds for a Parkinson's-like disease, called parkinsonism, in athletes already affected by CTE.

In the new study, "subject...

Anxiety could be an early warning sign of Parkinson's disease, a new study finds.

People with anxiety have at least double the risk of developing Parkinson's compared to those without the mood disorder, results show.

Further, specific Parkinson's symptoms serve as warning signs of the ...

A new blood test might be able to predict Parkinson's disease up to seven years before symptoms of the movement disorder surface, researchers said.

The test correctly predicted a high risk of Parkinson's in 16 patients who went on to develop the disease, results show.

If validated, the ...

Caffeine has been associated with a reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease, but a new study says a coffee jolt might not be good for people already diagnosed with the brain disorder.

Consuming caffeine appears to blunt the brain's ability to use dopamine, the hormone that lies at the h...

For decades, Todd Vogt has been dedicated to the sport of rowing, believing he was in peak physical condition. Then, a series of symptoms began to emerge, turning his life upside down.

"My left arm stopped swinging, and I felt incredibly fatigued," Vogt, 49, recalled. "Eventually,...

It's long been known that exposure to agricultural pesticides can greatly raise a person's odds for Parkinson's disease.

New genetics research now reveals those who might be most vulnerable.

A team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), pored over genetic data from 800 Par...

Tapping the power of the small brain region called the cerebellum could improve patients' ability to move cutting-edge robotic limbs, a new study suggests.

The cerebellum is an ancient structure located under the brain, just above where the spinal cord connects to the brain.

This structure has largely been overlooked by prosthetics researchers in favor of the cerebral cortex, which ...

Could a medication similar to the blockbuster weight-loss drugs Ozempic and Wegovy slow the ravages of Parkinson's disease?

A new, small study suggests it could: Over the course of a year, a group of French researchers followed 156 people with early Parkinson's who were randomly given lixisenatide, a GLP-1 receptor agonis...

Folks can learn their risk for Parkinson's disease and other related brain disorders through a simple skin biopsy, a new study says.

Skin tests can detect an abnormal form of alpha-synuclein, a protein that is the hallmark of Parkinson's disease and similar degenerative brain illnesses, researchers say.

This simple test could be a reliable and convenient tool to help doctors accurat...

A bicycle built for two could be a positive prescription for Parkinson's patients and their caregivers, a small, preliminary study says.

Parkinson's patients had better overall quality of life, improved mobility, and faster walking speed after sharing regular rides on a stationary tandem bike with a care partner, researchers plan to report at the annual meeting of the American Academy of ...

Pesticides and herbicides used in farming appear to increase people's risk of Parkinson's disease, a new, preliminary study finds.

People exposed to pesticides and herbicides are 25% to 36% more likely to develop Parkinson's, according to a study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's upcoming annual meeting in April.

The Parkinson's risk was specifically higher in t...

Two new strategies using deep brain stimulation can improve symptoms of Parkinson's disease, Duke University researchers have found.

Doctors can efficiently improve symptoms of Parkinson's by simultaneously targeting to key brain structures using a newly developed self-adjusting device, researchers recently reported in the journal

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  • January 23, 2024
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  • 'Freezing' is a common and debilitating symptom of Parkinson's disease, with patients suddenly finding themselves unable to move their feet forward.

    Drugs, surgeries and behavioral therapies have all proven rather ineffective against freezing, but Parkinson's patients might find fresh hope from a new, more sci-fi angle, researchers say.

    A soft robotic exoskeleton appears able to hel...

    A rare genetic mutation found in 1% of people of European descent appears to cut their odds for Parkinson's disease in half, a new study finds.

    A better understanding of how this bit of DNA works might lead to better prevention and treatment of Parkinson's generally, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) said.

    "This study advances our understanding of why people...

    Patients with Parkinson's disease call it "D-Day," the date they were told they had the incurable movement disorder.

    Now, a new study suggests they might be getting the wrong message when they get the news.

    "A lot of people say 'I'm sorry, you have Parkinson's,'" said lead author Dr. Indu Subramanian, a movement dis...

    Early research in mice could be getting closer to the roots of what causes Parkinson's disease.

    A "pathological" form of a common brain protein, alpha-synuclein, could play a role in the death of dopamine-rich brain cells, according to a team at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

    It's this steady loss of dopamine cells that's a hallmark of Parkinson's, researchers explai...

    A wireless, noninvasive device has shown promise in detecting the biomarkers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

    Researchers said the device uses electrical detection to identify proteins associated with Alzheimer's (amyloid beta and tau) and Parkinson's (alpha synuclein) in saliva and urine.

    "This portable diagnostic system would allow testing at-home and at point of care, lik...

    Loneliness can leave many feeling desolate, but new research now suggests it may also leave people vulnerable to Parkinson's disease.

    Among more than 490,000 people listed in the UK Biobank who were followed for up to 15 years, loneliness appeared to increase the chances of a Parkinson's diagnosis by 37%.

    "The association between loneliness and incident Parkinson's disease was not d...

    Patients with Parkinson's disease already face poorer mental and physical health, but now a new study shows they also suffer from decreased levels of hope and self-esteem due to the stigma associated with their disease.

    "There are patients who don't even disclose the disease to family members because they're afraid that the children may change their opinion of them or start making plans ...

    Many Medicare patients can't get help close to home for brain and nervous system issues.

    Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare recipients in the United States live at least 50 miles from their neurologist.

    "Our study found a substantial travel burden exists for some people with neurologic conditions, including people living in areas with fewer neurologists and rural areas,"� said study author

    As it stands, no one blood test or brain scan can definitively diagnose Parkinson's disease.

    But researchers report this may soon change if a new blood test continues to show promise.

    The test measures DNA damage in the mitochondria of cells, which is known to be higher in people with Parkinson's disease. Earlier research from the same group also showed there is an accumulation of m...

    It might not seem like constipation or difficulty swallowing could signal a neurological problem, but new research suggests that these gut conditions could be an early indicator of Parkinson's disease.

    Gastrointestinal symptoms are also thought to precede the development of cerebrovascular disease, including stroke, brain aneurysm or Alzheimer's disease. It has previously been suggested t...

    British researchers may have found a way to diagnose Parkinson's disease several years sooner.

    Researchers at University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital say that eye scans may be able to detect signs of Parkinson's up to seven years before diagnosis.

    "I continue to be amazed by what we can discover through eye scans. While we are not yet ready to predict whether an indivi...

    The link between pro football and the risk for a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is well known, and now a new study suggests that football may also up the risk for Parkinson's disease, even among past high school and college players.

    "Parkinson's disease has been commonly reported in boxers, but we have not explored this link in great detail in foot...

    Every week, a group of dancers meets in Chicago. Together, they follow a series of movements under the guidance of an instructor.

    They flex, and reach, and point as Carly Liegel, community engagement program coordinator for the Joffrey Ballet, leads them through a series of movements with their arms and then th...

    People with Parkinson's disease often aren't getting the care they need for the debilitating movement disorder, a new study reports.

    Three in 10 are relying on primary care doctors to treat their disorder, and 1 in 10 aren't seeing a doc at all, analysis of Medicare data reveals.

    And fewer than 1 in 10 are seeing a neurologist specifically trained in treating Parkinson's, researcher...

    Patients recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease who have early hallucinations are at greater risk of faster mental decline, according to new research on the disease.

    These so-called "presence hallucinations," such as the strong sense that someone is behind you, watching you, but no one is there, are a frequent but brushed off and underreported symptoms in Parkinson's patients.


    A new brain bank is accepting future donations from living athletes, in an effort to perform long-term research into the effects of sports-related concussion.

    The National Sports Brain Bank (NSBB) at the University of Pittsburgh will track the health of living participants on an annual basis, and...

    Scientists say they've identified 10 pesticides that kill neurons involved in Parkinson's disease, marking a leap forward in their understanding of the movement disorder.

    Pesticide exposure has long been associated with Parkinson's, but investigators hadn't been able to pinpoint specific culprits.

    A team from the University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard University pai...

    Regular exercise has a long list of health benefits, and a new study suggests another one could be added: a lower risk of Parkinson's disease.

    The study, of nearly 99,000 French women, found that those who were most physically active day to day were 25% less likely to develop Parkinson's ov...

    A chemical used to degrease industrial parts that was also used as a surgical anesthetic until the 1970s may increase the risk for Parkinson's disease, researchers report.

    Their new study found that two years of heavy exposure to the liquid chemical TCE may boost Parkinson's risk by 70%.

    TCE, or trichloroethylene, lingers in the air, water and soil. It has been linked to certain can...

    An extended-release version of a Parkinson's disease drug could provide more stable relief for patients with the movement disorder, new clinical trial data show.

    The new formulation of levodopa, called IPX203, extended the duration of patients' "on time" -- the amount of time the medication is working and symptoms are lessened, researchers reported this week at the American Academy of Ne...

    Comedian Richard Lewis is the latest celebrity to reveal that he has been diagnosed with the central nervous system disorder Parkinson's disease.

    Lewis, 75, said in a

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  • April 24, 2023
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  • It's safe to say that the debilitating loss of motor control that typifies Parkinson's disease is bound to undermine any patient's quality of life.

    But new research now suggests that race complicates the equation, with quality of life found to be worse overall among Black, Hispanic and Asian Parkinson's patients, when compared with their white peers.

    Still, study author

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  • April 6, 2023
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  • Women who have both of their ovaries removed before age 43 have an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease or parkinsonism, according to a recent study.

    This may owe to the sudden loss of estrogen and other hormones, which causes an abrupt endocrine dysfunction in premenopausal women, researchers said.

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Exercise can help improve movement-related symptoms for people who have Parkinson's disease, a new review finds.

    And any type of structured exercise is better than none, researchers added. The findings were published recently in the Cochrane Reviews.

    People living in heavily polluted areas of the United States may be more vulnerable to Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

    Specifically, the culprit is a type of air pollution called fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which is less than 2.5 microns in diameter and comes from car exhaust, burning of fuels in power plants and other industries, and forest and grass fires, researchers s...

    A noninvasive treatment that heats specific areas of brain tissue may ease movement symptoms in some people with Parkinson's disease, a clinical trial has found.

    The study tested the effects of an incision-free procedure called focused ultrasound ablation, where doctors use sound waves to heat and destroy sp...

    A person seeing a barely noticeable tremor in one hand could be witnessing the first signs of Parkinson's disease.

    This progressive condition affects the nervous system, according to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., which offers information about the disease.

    While tremors are common, Parkinson's can also cause stiffness or slow movement.

    Medications can significantly impr...

    Actor Michael J. Fox details his experiences with Parkinson's disease, including turning to alcohol and pills in an attempt to cope, in a new documentary.

    Fox, 61, has had the degenerative brain disorder since 1991, but didn't disclose it publicly until 1998.

    The star -- best known for the "Back to the Future"� movies -- said he was an alcoholic in the early days and also took dop...

    A recent study suggests that Parkinson's disease, in which parts of the brain are progressively damaged over many years, may actually start in the gut.

    Nearly 30% of the gut bacteria in patients with Parkinson's disease differed from those without the disease, according to the study ...

    Living in an area with easy access to parks and rivers appears to slow the progression of devastating neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

    That's the conclusion of a new study based on more than a decade and a half tracking disease risk among ...

    Parkinson's disease is a much bigger problem than previously thought, particularly for aging Americans, a new study finds.

    There are about 50% more new cases of the degenerative disorder diagnosed each year in North America than currently estimated, researchers concluded after an extensive data review.

    "We used to say 60,000 people a year were getting diagnosed, but really it's 90,0...

    An experimental drug may help people with Parkinson's disease find relief from constant constipation -- a common and troublesome feature of the disease.


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  • November 8, 2022
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  • Women who have both ovaries removed before menopause may have a heightened risk of developing Parkinson's disease years later, a new study suggests.

    Looking at decades of data on more than 5,000 women, researchers ...

    Weight loss soon after a person is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease may be a sign that mental declines are likely to follow, new research suggests.

    "Early weight loss is a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 20, 2022
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  • New research suggests you can add rugby players to the list of professional athletes who face a significantly heightened risk of brain diseases following years of intense contact play.

    "This latest work under our FIELD program of research demonstrates that risk of

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  • October 7, 2022
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  • Researchers think they've figured out why Parkinson's disease causes a person's limbs to become so stiff that at times they can feel frozen in place.

    Using a robotic chair equipped with sensors, a research team has linked the activation of leg muscles in Parkinson's patients with a region of the brain called the

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  • September 12, 2022
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  • Parkinson's disease can be hard for the average person to identify, but 10 warning signs may offer an early clue that you or a loved one may be developing the disease.

    The Parkinson's Foundation suggests being aware of

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 19, 2022
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  • It may not be long before highly sensitive scans might spot Parkinson's disease in its early stages, researchers report.

    A disease of the brain that is characterized by shaking hands, Parkinson's is a condition that wor...