Health News

Unpacking Parkinson's Mysteries
Swedish researchers have found that damaged alpha-synuclein proteins can spread in Parkinson's disease similar to an infection model found in conditions like mad cow disease.
Stimulating Effects
Deep brain stimulation has proven beneficial for some treatment-resistant cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depressive disorders and Tourette syndrome.
Name that Emotion
Patients with Parkinson's disease find it more difficult to gauge and recognize expressions of emotion in other people's faces and voices, according to new research.
Nutty but True
Eating a handful of pecans every day may provide protection against the progression of motor neuron degeneration due to age or possibly even diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Legs That Won't Quit
Adults with fibromyalgia are more likely to experience restless legs syndrome (RLS), according to a new study, which suggests treatment for RLS may improve sleep and quality of life for these patients.
The Blood Trade
New guidelines recommend plasma exchange for patients with severe relapses of multiple sclerosis (MS) and for those with nerve disorders such as neuropathy.
Flipping Off Inflammation
A "master switch" protein in white blood cells has been found to influence whether the cells promote or hinder inflammation, according to a new study.
Deadly Genetic Two-fer
The genetic mechanism that destroys brain cells responsible for Alzheimer's disease is also the cause of early development of Alzheimer's disease in people with Down Syndrome.
A Gentler Approach to Dementia
A study by the Institute of Aging Research suggests that treating the symptoms and stress associated with advanced dementia may be more efficient than aggressive treatment for the illness.
Flipping the Switch on MS
In multiple sclerosis (MS), white blood cells known as leukocytes enter the central nervous system (CNS) with help from a family of molecules (MMPs) and then damage the protective coating called myelin around nerves.