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Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder. It occurs when certain nerve cells (neurons) in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra die or become impaired. When approximately 80 percent of neurons are damaged, the symptoms of Parkinson's disease appear. Parkinson's disease affects 1 in 100 people over the age of 60, with the average age of onset being 60 years. The risk of developing Parkinson's disease increases with age. In the United States, it is estimated that 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease are diagnosed each year, with 1.5 million Americans currently living with the disease.
Researchers develop a diagnostic tool for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Researchers develop a diagnostic tool for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Study shows how chaperone activity influences the course of neurodegenerative diseases

Study shows how chaperone activity influences the course of neurodegenerative diseases

Novel process turns waste materials into nutritional supplements

Novel process turns waste materials into nutritional supplements

Simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson's disease

Simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson's disease

Gene variations that regulate dopamine levels may influence the mobility of elders

Gene variations that regulate dopamine levels may influence the mobility of elders

Dopamine and serotonin found to be involved in perception, cognitive capacities

Dopamine and serotonin found to be involved in perception, cognitive capacities

Study reveals process for regenerating neurons in the eye and brain

Study reveals process for regenerating neurons in the eye and brain

Stem cells can repair parkinson's-damaged circuits in mouse brains

Stem cells can repair parkinson's-damaged circuits in mouse brains

Researchers identify new therapeutic target for spinocerebellar ataxia

Researchers identify new therapeutic target for spinocerebellar ataxia

Biomarker for diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases identified in the eye

Biomarker for diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases identified in the eye

Star-shaped brain cells are essential for blood-brain barrier health, shows study

Star-shaped brain cells are essential for blood-brain barrier health, shows study

Smart drug delivery system may help treat spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders

Smart drug delivery system may help treat spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders

Researchers identify the cause for Parkinson's disease and potential treatments

Researchers identify the cause for Parkinson's disease and potential treatments

Researchers explore link between uncontrolled inflammation and brain's immune cells

Researchers explore link between uncontrolled inflammation and brain's immune cells

Study highlights the role of brain astrocyte cells in Parkinson's disease pathology

Study highlights the role of brain astrocyte cells in Parkinson's disease pathology

Researchers perform massive and detailed cellular energy audit

Researchers perform massive and detailed cellular energy audit

Findings show new promise for using stem cells to treat enteric nervous system disorders

Findings show new promise for using stem cells to treat enteric nervous system disorders

Protective anti-prion antibodies found in humans

Protective anti-prion antibodies found in humans

Switching off 'master regulator' may offer neuroprotection from Parkinson's-related damage

Switching off 'master regulator' may offer neuroprotection from Parkinson's-related damage

Mathematical model shows how stability inherently arises in the brain

Mathematical model shows how stability inherently arises in the brain