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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People with metabolic syndrome may be at higher risk for second stroke, death

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Foods high in flavonoids may lower risk of cognitive decline

Natural compound prevents, reverses brain damage linked to Parkinson's disease in mice

Natural compound prevents, reverses brain damage linked to Parkinson's disease in mice

Novel microfluidic device used to manipulate major whey protein

Novel microfluidic device used to manipulate major whey protein

Study reveals the implication of lysosomes in the spread of Parkinson’s disease

Study reveals the implication of lysosomes in the spread of Parkinson’s disease

Investigational antipsychotic treatment offers sustained benefits for people with dementia-related psychosis

Investigational antipsychotic treatment offers sustained benefits for people with dementia-related psychosis

New digital health technologies could lead to better care for Parkinson’s disease

New digital health technologies could lead to better care for Parkinson’s disease

Component derived from turmeric essential oil exhibits neuroprotective effects

Component derived from turmeric essential oil exhibits neuroprotective effects

Static magnetic field from MRI scanner decreases blood-brain barrier opening volume

Static magnetic field from MRI scanner decreases blood-brain barrier opening volume

Gene therapy shows promise in children with devastating genetic disorder

Gene therapy shows promise in children with devastating genetic disorder

Malfunction in the cell’s powerhouse causes sporadic Parkinson disease

Malfunction in the cell’s powerhouse causes sporadic Parkinson disease

Non-toxic derivative of tetanus neurotoxin may help treat depression, neurodegenerative diseases

Non-toxic derivative of tetanus neurotoxin may help treat depression, neurodegenerative diseases

Researchers identify potential new treatment targets for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers identify potential new treatment targets for Alzheimer's disease

Dance training with music can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease

Dance training with music can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease

New screening method tests the effectiveness of drug compounds that 'glue' proteins together

New screening method tests the effectiveness of drug compounds that 'glue' proteins together

Researchers identify early functional deficiencies in neurons derived from Parkinson's patients

Researchers identify early functional deficiencies in neurons derived from Parkinson's patients

Adults with ADHD at higher risk of many physical conditions, finds study

Adults with ADHD at higher risk of many physical conditions, finds study

IU researchers developing noninvasive brain stimulation technique to treat neurological disorders

IU researchers developing noninvasive brain stimulation technique to treat neurological disorders

Study finds a neural circuit for spirituality and religiosity

Study finds a neural circuit for spirituality and religiosity

Study provides renewed hope for treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

Study provides renewed hope for treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases