Category: Parkinson’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease facts

President Bush Had Parkinson’s Disease 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 […]

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Alzheimer's disease facts

Concussions Promote Neurodegenerative Disease 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 of […]

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Parkinson's disease Neil Diamond

Neurodegenerative Disease 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 Adult Contemporary […]

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prion disease and Alzheimer's disease

Protein Aggregation Similar To Alzheimer’s Disease The nerve cells of some people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can accumulate clumps of a protein called SOD1. A mutation in the SOD1 gene contributes to contraction of the disease, but it has not been clear if the characteristic clumps of the protein associated with the faulty gene […]

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prion disease and Alzheimer's disease

Parkinson’s Disease Spreads With 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 be an infectious prion–a pathological form of protein capable of changing the conformation of normal alpha-synuclein and […]

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prion disease and Alzheimer's disease

Whales With Prion Disease 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 sick whales and sick humans. Keep reading to find out: Why people with neurodegenerative disease are contagious; How sea mammals […]

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Alzheimer's disease facts

Prion Science and Neurodegenerative Disease  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 role of […]

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Alzheimer's disease prevention

Neurodegenerative Disease Surging Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease, and it is estimated to affect some 7 to 10 million people worldwide. Two Parkinson’s disease research projects at Danish drugmaker Lundbeck will receive funding from the Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) in the order of 5.5m Danish krone (around […]

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Alzheimer's disease prevention

A New Voice For Parkinson’s Disease In the late 1960s, the petite, young Linda Ronstadt, newly arrived on the L.A. music scene, unleashed a voice that would permeate the radio for years to come and leave music writers grasping for ways to describe it—“strong and solid as God’s garage floor,” intoned a 1977 Time cover story. […]

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