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Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder. It occurs when certain nerve cells (neurons) in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra die or become impaired. When approximately 80 percent of neurons are damaged, the symptoms of Parkinson's disease appear. Parkinson's disease affects 1 in 100 people over the age of 60, with the average age of onset being 60 years. The risk of developing Parkinson's disease increases with age. In the United States, it is estimated that 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease are diagnosed each year, with 1.5 million Americans currently living with the disease.
Study finds variations among hospitals in transitioning stroke patients from treatment to comfort care

Study finds variations among hospitals in transitioning stroke patients from treatment to comfort care

Study: Abnormal proteins in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases share similar feature

Study: Abnormal proteins in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases share similar feature

Researchers identify mechanisms behind loss of sensory perception in Parkinson's disease

Researchers identify mechanisms behind loss of sensory perception in Parkinson's disease

Study findings reveal racial and ethnic disparities in access to neurologic health care

Study findings reveal racial and ethnic disparities in access to neurologic health care

Newly identified biomarkers could help predict cognitive deficits in Parkinson's disease patients

Newly identified biomarkers could help predict cognitive deficits in Parkinson's disease patients

WPI research program aims to understand gender differences in neurobiology

WPI research program aims to understand gender differences in neurobiology

Making brain implants smaller could eliminate scarring, extend life of devices

Making brain implants smaller could eliminate scarring, extend life of devices

Mayo Clinic study provides information on survival and death of patients with synucleinopathies

Mayo Clinic study provides information on survival and death of patients with synucleinopathies

Elevated levels of specific protein linked to increased risk of ischemic stroke among women

Elevated levels of specific protein linked to increased risk of ischemic stroke among women

New research reveals causes of weight gain after deep brain stimulation in Parkinsonian patients

New research reveals causes of weight gain after deep brain stimulation in Parkinsonian patients

Easing cellular traffic jams in Huntington’s disease may save brain cells

Easing cellular traffic jams in Huntington’s disease may save brain cells

Gene mutation may accelerate loss of memory and thinking skills in people with Alzheimer's risk

Gene mutation may accelerate loss of memory and thinking skills in people with Alzheimer's risk

NIST chemists publish new data on important compound’s thermodynamic properties

NIST chemists publish new data on important compound’s thermodynamic properties

Study provides preliminary evidence that Parkinson's disease may start in the gut

Study provides preliminary evidence that Parkinson's disease may start in the gut

Study underscores need for genetic screening to improve safety of experimental stem cell treatments

Study underscores need for genetic screening to improve safety of experimental stem cell treatments

Researchers discover genes linked to resilience against brain pathologies

Researchers discover genes linked to resilience against brain pathologies

New guidelines provide practical information on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

New guidelines provide practical information on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Placebo can help reduce intensity of emotional pain from romantic rejection, study finds

Placebo can help reduce intensity of emotional pain from romantic rejection, study finds

Preliminary study reveals promising results of new treatment for progressive MS

Preliminary study reveals promising results of new treatment for progressive MS

Study finds link between circadian variations in body temperature and arousal in brain-injured patients

Study finds link between circadian variations in body temperature and arousal in brain-injured patients