parkinson’s disease

Putting Sleep Disorders to Bed: New Way to Improve Internal Clock Function

Overnight flights across the Atlantic, graveyard shifts, stress-induced insomnia are all prime culprits in keeping us from getting a good night’s sleep. Thanks to new research from McGill University and Concordia University, however, these common sleep disturbances may one day be put to bed. The rotation of Earth generates day…

A New Wrinkle in Parkinson’s Disease Research: Skin Cream Ingredient May Stop Effects of Parkinson’s On Brain Cells

The active ingredient in an over-the-counter skin cream might do more than prevent wrinkles. Scientists have discovered that the drug, called kinetin, also slows or stops the effects of Parkinson’s disease on brain cells. Scientists identified the link through biochemical and cellular studies, but the research team is now testing…

Sudden Decline in Testosterone May Cause Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms in Men

The results of a new study by neurological researchers at Rush University Medical Center show that a sudden decrease of testosterone, the male sex hormone, may cause Parkinson’s like symptoms in male mice. The findings were recently published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. One of the major roadblocks for…

Parkinson’s Disease Itself Does Not Increase Risk of Gambling, Shopping Addiction, Study Finds

Parkinson’s disease itself does not increase the risk of impulse control problems such as compulsive gambling and shopping that have been seen in people taking certain drugs for Parkinson’s disease, according to new research published in the January 8, 2013, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American…

Potential New Class of Drugs Blocks Nerve Cell Death

Diseases that progressively destroy nerve cells in the brain or spinal cord, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are devastating conditions with no cures. Now, a team that includes a University of Iowa researcher has identified a new class of small molecules, called the P7C3 series,…