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Is Parkinson's Disease Contagious?

Is Parkinson’s Disease Contagious?

This post is part I of a two part series on the question of PD transmission.
OK now don’t panic! The purpose of this post is not to scare anyone. Parkinson’s is not a virus that spreads from person to person. At least we haven’t observed anything like that in the hundreds of years that medicine has known about the disease. That said, with a 20 plus year incubation period it’s possible that some low level of transmission could be missed. But it is very unlikely.
So why the question? Why ask if Parkinson’s is contagious?

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Zinc and Parkinson's

Do diets low in zinc cause Parkinson’s?

Do diets low in zinc cause Parkinson’s? If people are anything like yeast they may. Scientists found a protein clumping phenomenon in yeast that is similar to what is seen in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. This particular clumping is caused by a deficiency in zinc. So scientists are now studying the association of zinc with Parkinson’s disease in humans. Vegetarians with diets rich in whole grains are often deficient in zinc.

  • Description: “Scientists have made a discovery that, if replicated in humans, suggests a shortage of zinc may contribute to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to defective proteins clumping together in the brain.
  • Source Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130930200039.htm

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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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Solongo Lin

Penn Students Searching for Treatment for Parkinson’s

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.

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