Bath geriatrician leads new UK-wide trial into Parkinson’s disease

It will test whether a commonly prescribed dementia drug could prevent debilitating falls for people with the disease. Falls are a frequent complication of Parkinson’s, which affect around 60 percent of the 127,000-people diagnosed with the condition each year. With the degeneration of dopamine-producing nerve cells, people with Parkinson’s often have issues with unsteadiness when […]

Study uncovers why pesticide exposure increases Parkinson’s disease risk in some people

A new University of Guelph study has discovered why exposure to pesticides increases some people’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Previous studies have found an association between two commonly used agrochemicals (paraquat and maneb) and Parkinson’s disease. Now U of G professor Scott Ryan has determined that low-level exposure to the pesticides disrupts cells in […]

Alzheimer’s Research UK backs call for worldwide action plans to tackle dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is backing a call for governments worldwide to develop and implement action plans for tackling dementia. The recommendation, which comes during Dementia Action Week, is made in a report from Alzheimer’s Disease International that examines progress towards the World Health Organization’s global action plan for dementia. […]

Cause of pesticide exposure, Parkinson’s link

“People exposed to [certain agrochemicals] are at about a 250-percent higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than the rest of the population,” said one of the researchers. Credit: © designer491 / Fotolia “People exposed to [certain agrochemicals] are at about a 250-percent higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than the rest of the population,” said […]

Study explores link between groundwater lithium and diagnoses of bipolar disorder, dementia

Bottom Line: High groundwater concentration of lithium, a naturally occurring trace element, wasn’t associated with any benefit in diagnoses of bipolar disorder or dementia when accounting for local health care resources and demographics, two factors that can cause mental health diagnosis rates to vary. Why The Research Is Interesting: Previous research has suggested lithium may […]