Parkinson’s is not contagious in the sense of transmission from person to person. However, there is much about Parkinson’s that is similar to an infection.
Scientists observed protein clumping in yeast, caused by a deficiency in zinc, that looks similar to what is seen in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
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. […]
Blocking the initiation of misfolding – now this would really be a great thing! We need to focus research more on fighting the degeneration itself, rather then just the symptoms. Description: “Awarded summer fellowships by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, University of Pennsylvania student“ Source Link: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-students-searching-treatment-parkinson-s posted on my Facebook page: Parkinson’s News