Brain Disease Taking More Celebrities, Leaders

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President Bush Had Parkinson’s-Like Symptoms George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away today. The two-time vice president under Ronald Reagan lived with vascular parkinsonism for several years. At age 94, Bush was the longest living president in history and an inspiration for others with neurodegenerative disease. Last week also saw the passing

Brain Trauma Increases Risk For Parkinson’s Disease

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Concussions Contribute To Neurodegenerative Disorders By Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times A traumatic brain injury, even a mild concussion, increases the risk for Parkinson’s disease, a new study reports. Researchers identified all patients diagnosed with T.B.I. in a Veterans Health Administration database — 162,935 men and women — and matched them with the same number

Neil Diamond Retires Due To Parkinson’s Disease

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Neurodegenerative Disease Gaining Momentum After nearly 50 years on the pop charts, Neil Diamond announced his retirement to tackle Parkinson’s disease. Concert dates in Australia and New Zealand that were set for March and April as part of Mr. Diamond’s 50th anniversary tour have been canceled. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard

More Evidence That Parkinson’s A Transmissible Disease

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Parkinson’s Disease Spreads With Help From Proteins In Parkinson’s disease, the protein alpha-synuclein aggregates within neurons of patients and appears to propagate across interconnected areas of the brain. How this happens remains largely unknown. It has been proposed that alpha-synuclein may behave like a prion–a pathological form of protein capable of changing the conformation of normal

Prion Science Putting Dementia In Perspective

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Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakobs, Parkinson’s Disease All Part Of Prion Spectrum Editor’s Note: On September 9, 2015 additional research adds to the evidence that suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is a transmissible disease. Scientists have shown that tissues can transmit symptoms of the disease between animals. A new study published in the journal Nature raises additional concern about the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s

Faroe Researcher Connects Whale Consumption To Parkinson’s Disease

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Whales An Indicator Of Neurological Disease Upstream Sick animals and sick people can tell us a lot about the health of our environment. A study in Denmark is raising red flags. There could be a common thread between dead whales and sick humans. Keep reading to find out: Why people with neurodegenerative disease are contagious;

Ann Romney Launches Center To Study Neurological Diseases

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Center Seeks Cures, Treatments For Brain Disease By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times Today at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the Romneys are launching the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases, a research facility that will focus on finding cures and new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (known as ALS), Parkinson’s disease

Robin Williams’ Health Compounded By Parkinson’s Diagnosis

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Suicide Adds Spotlight To Diagnosis, Integrated Treatment Days after Robin Williams’ death, his wife Susan Schneider revealed the actor had been diagnosed with early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Upon hearing the news, Williams’ friend and Parkinson’s activist Michael J. Fox took to Twitter to share his reaction. Fox tweeted to his over 1.1 million followers Thursday

African Plant Offers Possible Treatment For Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

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Voacanga A Trusted Traditional Medicine For hundreds of years, healers in São Tomé e Príncipe—an island off the western coast of Africa—have prescribed cata-manginga leaves and bark to their patients. These pickings from the Voacanga africana tree are said to decrease inflammation and ease the symptoms of mental disorders. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological

Research Institute Expands Parkinson’s Disease Program

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Prion Scientists Add Capacity To Neurodegenerative Sciences  Van Andel Research Institute’s Center for Neurodegenerative Science continues to expand its research portfolio and increase its impact in the field of Parkinson’s disease research. The Center recently appointed Dr. Jiyan Ma, whose laboratory studies prions, the misfolded proteins associated with many contagious neurodegenerative diseases, and Dr. Darren Moore, who studies the