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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Study examines association between gut mycobiome and Parkinson’s disease

Study examines association between gut mycobiome and Parkinson’s disease

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is on the rise, finds study

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is on the rise, finds study

Hematopoietic stem cell transplants may prevent worsening of MS disability

Hematopoietic stem cell transplants may prevent worsening of MS disability

BMP5/7 protein offers promising therapeutics that could halt the progression of Parkinson's disease

BMP5/7 protein offers promising therapeutics that could halt the progression of Parkinson's disease

Simple vision tests can predict Parkinson's dementia before it begins

Simple vision tests can predict Parkinson's dementia before it begins

Researchers focus on specific neurons that make reaching-and-grasping tasks possible

Researchers focus on specific neurons that make reaching-and-grasping tasks possible

Researchers find potential biomarkers of Parkinson's disease

Researchers find potential biomarkers of Parkinson's disease

Personalized neuromodulation approach provides relief from severe depression symptoms

Personalized neuromodulation approach provides relief from severe depression symptoms

Patients with schizophrenia have increased risk of Parkinson's disease, shows study

Patients with schizophrenia have increased risk of Parkinson's disease, shows study

iTHRIV announces recipients of  health research pilot projects

iTHRIV announces recipients of health research pilot projects

MIND and Mediterranean diets correlated with later onset of Parkinson's disease

MIND and Mediterranean diets correlated with later onset of Parkinson's disease

Focused ultrasound shows potential to benefit people with Parkinson's disease

Focused ultrasound shows potential to benefit people with Parkinson's disease

Defective metabolism of Parkinson’s drug is linked to adverse side effects

Defective metabolism of Parkinson’s drug is linked to adverse side effects

Neuroscientists track gene expression to gain insights into drug addiction, Parkinson's disease

Neuroscientists track gene expression to gain insights into drug addiction, Parkinson's disease

Researchers discover novel mechanism by which cells turn over mitochondria

Researchers discover novel mechanism by which cells turn over mitochondria

Tomatoes could become a new, natural source of Parkinson's disease drug

Tomatoes could become a new, natural source of Parkinson's disease drug

Study reveals new biomarker for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Study reveals new biomarker for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Free radicals may be important for the brain to remain adaptable

Free radicals may be important for the brain to remain adaptable

Experts address the global burden of brain diseases

Experts address the global burden of brain diseases

Experimental drug can reverse age-related memory decline in mice

Experimental drug can reverse age-related memory decline in mice