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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MRI sensor reveals how dopamine drives brain activity

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Scientists model human CMV-induced microcephaly using brain organoids

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Researchers invent new method to map sugar structures of blood-thinning drug

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Neuroscientists investigate how the brain controls the voice

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Study uncovers a new childhood-onset neurodegenerative disorder

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Research provides better understanding of how tremor happens

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'Natural killer' cells could help stop progression of Parkinson's disease

'Natural killer' cells could help stop progression of Parkinson's disease

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Technology effectively detects harsh side effect of breast cancer treatment

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Scientists discover link between Parkinson's and gene targeted by blue-green algae toxin

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Blood stem cells conserve epigenetic memory of previous infections to boost immunity

NTHU research team develops new treatment for Parkinson’s disease

NTHU research team develops new treatment for Parkinson’s disease

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Protective brain-cell housekeeping mechanism may also be involved in regulating sleep