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Skin Tests can detect some Neurodegenerative Disorders

Certain chronic neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, have been linked to the presence of an abnormal form of a protein called alpha-synuclein. Approximately 2.5 million patients in the US suffer from synucleinopathies. Synucleinopathies are progressive neurodegenerative diseases, each with different prognoses.  Many often take years to diagnose as the initial signs are subtle and […]

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A Blood test for early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment

An international research team has created a diagnostic blood test that detects Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The accuracy rates are exceedingly high, greater than 96% for AD and 87% for MCI.  Unlike previously devised tests which measured a single biomarker, the HKUST test measures 21 different proteins which capture multiple biologic

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MS patients may feel depression as their Monoclonal Antibody Treatment “wears off”

While the “feel good effect” has long been associated with the use of the monoclonal antibody Natalizumab, there is now evidence that the wearing-off of this and other monoclonal antibodies is associated with depression.  In fact, more than half of MS patients treated with the monoclonal antibodies Ocrevus, Rituxan, and Natalizumab who were surveyed reported

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Gold may be Good for More than Jewelry for some Neurologic Patients

Patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD) may find hope in the most unlikely of resources: GOLD.  Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have been testing the treatment of oral intake of gold nanocrystals in MS and PD patients suffering from problems in motor movement. MS

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Can Alzheimer’s be transmissible?

For the first time, there have been reports of medically acquired Alzheimer’s disease (AD).   Five people in the UK have been diagnosed with AD decades after being treated in their childhood with human growth hormone extracted from cadavers (c-hGH). In total 30,000 people have been treated with c-hGH worldwide between 1958 and 1985. Human genetic

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Comparison of Medication vs Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative condition with progressive loss of dopamine-containing cells.  The hallmark is not motor weakness, but rather a loss of control of motor function.  The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor at rest, slowness in movement, decreased arm swing when walking, shortened shuffling steps, a hunched posture, and a mask-like appearance

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Turning off your TV and using your computer may lower your risk of developing Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Depression

Watching too much TV can increase your risk of developing dementia, Parkinson’s disease (PD), and depression BUT using your computer for limited times a day (not work-related) may lower your risk for dementia.   One study observed almost 500,000 people ages 39-72 over four years.  During that time about 6000 people were diagnosed with dementia,

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Your personality may affect your risk of developing dementia

Having a glass-half-full attitude may protect your cognitive health down the line. A recently published article concluded that extroverted people who are conscientious and have a positive outlook may have a lower risk of developing dementia than people who harbor neuroticism and have a negative outlook. The study examined the top five personality traits (Conscientiousness,

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