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Big Red Brain

Anxiety causes Parkinson’s disease?

Probably not. But it seems that anxiety does indeed predict Parkinson’s Disease. Will that observation make us even more anxious? As to whether or not the relationship is causal or just an association, researchers say, “A possible explanation for the association between anxiety and PD is that unrecognized symptoms of PD may lead to anxiety.” That makes sense.

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Future Brain

Is Parkinson’s an autoimmune disease?

Inflammatory processes can initiate a “complement cascade” leading to “waves of synaptic destruction that characterize neurodegenerative disease”. It can be inferred from the Stanford study that Parkinson’s disease can indeed be described as an autoimmune disease, as accumulation of the C1q protein, in combination with an inflammatory trigger, creates an immune response that destroys synapses.

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Copper and Parkinson's

Copper and Parkinson’s disease: Is it a cause as well?

Is the copper link strong in Parkinson’s disease as well? Initial runs of the algorithm are pulling up potential causal associations to redox-active metals like crazy. Very, very preliminary runs. But watch out for more on the associations between copper and Parkinson’s disease. It may be a general feature of many neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Description: “Copper appears to be one of the main environmental factors that trigger the onset and enhance the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing the clearance and accelerating the accumulation of toxic proteins in the brain. That is the conclusion of a study appearing today in the journal Proceed…
  • Source Link: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=3916

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Cheryl Barnes

Parkinson’s gradual deterioration a comfort for Cheryl Barnes

Parkinson’s gradual deterioration is certainly preferable to a stroke. Sufferers can also celebrate small victories, like outlasting their prognosis.

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Will preventing oxidative stress cure Parkinson’s disease?

Researchers hope to uncover methods of preventing the oxidative stress from occurring, which will lead to minimizing of the deterioration seen in the brains of Parkinson’s sufferers, and prevent the manifestation of symptoms.

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Viv Mackay

Recumbent tricycle is an excellent exercise option for Parkinson’s sufferers

This cyclist diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease is inspiring others to ride recumbent tricycles. “I’ve decided I’m going to darn well do what I can do to stay on top of it, which is basically cycling and exercising. Although you could say I’m fighting it, I recognize that it’s a degenerative disease, and you can’t win. You can just try to modify it.” says Viv Mackay.

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Steve Ludzik

Early onset Parkinson’s with a history of head trauma and Crohn’s disease

Hockey coach Steve Ludzik takes 22 pills daily to control his Parkinson’s symptoms. He is sure that blows to his head is the cause of his early onset Parkinson’s. But he has also suffered from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory condition, for all of his adult life.

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Dr. Patrik Brundin

Parkinson’s disease starts with sense of smell then spreads

New research suggests that misfolded proteins in Parkinson’s patients spread from the olfactory bulb (and regions that affect the gut) to other regions of the brain.

“A major unmet medical need is a therapy that slows disease progression,” said Dr. Patrik Brundin, who leads Parkinson’s research at VAI and is senior author of the study. “We hope an understanding of how (the protein) moves between brain regions will help uncover molecules that we can target with new drugs to slow the progression of symptoms in patients.”

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Keeping our mitochondria healthy by boosting mitophagy?

Keep your mitochondria healthy or this genetic mutation will not take out the trash. Now, how do we boost mitophagy? This may be the key to healthy neurons.

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Dave Parker

Parkinson’s runs in the family of this former Pirates slugger

Does Parkinson’s run in families? Unfortunately, Dave Parker’s sister is battling a more advanced stage of the disease.

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