Parkinson's Disease

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.

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Listening to music can help older adults sleep better, finds study

Listening to music can help older adults sleep better, finds study

Light therapy offers a safe, cost-effective alternative for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

Light therapy offers a safe, cost-effective alternative for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

SARS-CoV-2 nucleoprotein can trigger α-synuclein amyloid fibril formation

SARS-CoV-2 nucleoprotein can trigger α-synuclein amyloid fibril formation

Study provides new insights into how signal molecules are transported in the axons

Study provides new insights into how signal molecules are transported in the axons

Researchers visualize fast brain signals from outside the skull

Researchers visualize fast brain signals from outside the skull

Researchers invent new technique to measure the speed of fibril growth

Researchers invent new technique to measure the speed of fibril growth

Personality trait neuroticism associated with higher risk of Parkinson's disease

Personality trait neuroticism associated with higher risk of Parkinson's disease

Non-invasive neuromodulation approaches can prevent invasive surgery in Parkinson's patients

Non-invasive neuromodulation approaches can prevent invasive surgery in Parkinson's patients

New grants could help protect the environment and create new therapy for Parkinson's

New grants could help protect the environment and create new therapy for Parkinson's

New digital platform to aid young Aussies living with incurable movement disorder

New digital platform to aid young Aussies living with incurable movement disorder

Study reveals link between changes of neuronal activities and dyskinesia

Study reveals link between changes of neuronal activities and dyskinesia

Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer share the same pathway, shows study

Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer share the same pathway, shows study

Research on mysterious gene may lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease

Research on mysterious gene may lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease

Step length synergy while crossing obstacles found to be lower in Parkinson’s patients

Step length synergy while crossing obstacles found to be lower in Parkinson’s patients

Study indicates an amyloid link between melanoma and Parkinson’s disease

Study indicates an amyloid link between melanoma and Parkinson’s disease

'Brain glue' may aid in functional neural repair after severe TBI

'Brain glue' may aid in functional neural repair after severe TBI

Researchers generate a precise map of basal ganglia connectivity

Researchers generate a precise map of basal ganglia connectivity

New mini-microscope enables imaging of complex brain functions in freely moving mice

New mini-microscope enables imaging of complex brain functions in freely moving mice

Different neural circuitries linked to distinct Parkinsonian behavioral deficits

Different neural circuitries linked to distinct Parkinsonian behavioral deficits

Major CIHR grant to help find and tackle the root cause of neurodegenerative disease

Major CIHR grant to help find and tackle the root cause of neurodegenerative disease