Mouse Model Shows How Parkinson’s Disease Begins in the Gut
Mouse Model Shows How Parkinson’s Disease Begins in the Gut
Johns Hopkins’s Ted Dawson discusses his lab’s demonstration that misfolded α-synuclein can move from the stomach to the brain and cause physical and cognitive symptoms.
Mouse Model Shows How Parkinson’s Disease Begins in the Gut
Mouse Model Shows How Parkinson’s Disease Begins in the Gut

Johns Hopkins’s Ted Dawson discusses his lab’s demonstration that misfolded α-synuclein can move from the stomach to the brain and cause physical and cognitive symptoms.

Johns Hopkins’s Ted Dawson discusses his lab’s demonstration that misfolded α-synuclein can move from the stomach to the brain and cause physical and cognitive symptoms.

neurodegeneration
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Jef Akst | May 28, 2019
A comparison of thousands of former athletes in the two sports finds that NFL players were more likely than MLB players to die from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, in particular.
PET Scans Reveal Elevated Tau in NFL Players’ Brains
PET Scans Reveal Elevated Tau in NFL Players’ Brains
Jef Akst | Apr 12, 2019
A study hints that it might be possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with frequent head injuries, while patients are still living.
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer’s in Mice
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer’s in Mice
Jef Akst | Mar 15, 2019
Exposing mice to an hour of 40-hertz stimuli every day for a week reduced levels of amyloid-β plaques and tau protein, and improved cognition.
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Diseased Duck
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2019
Watch the video, which shows a duck infected with H5N1 and showing signs of Parkinson's disease, that inspired Thomas Jefferson University researcher Richard Smeyne to explore the connection between viral infection and neurodegeneration.
Infographic: Viruses on the Brain
Infographic: Viruses on the Brain
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2019
Pathogens can take various routes to pass the blood brain barrier and damage cells.
Can the Flu and Other Viruses Cause Neurodegeneration?
Can the Flu and Other Viruses Cause Neurodegeneration?
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2019
Scientists may need to seriously reconsider the cast-aside hypothesis that pathogens can play a part in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Image of the Day: In the Eye of a Fly
Image of the Day: In the Eye of a Fly
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 26, 2019
A missing microRNA leads to degenerating neurons and blindness in a fruit fly.
Gum Disease Could Drive Alzheimer’s: Study
Gum Disease Could Drive Alzheimer’s: Study
Ashley Yeager | Jan 24, 2019
An enzyme of the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis has been found in the brains of patients with the disorder, and causes neurodegeneration in mice.
Protein Changes Detected in Blood Years Before Alzheimer’s Onset
Protein Changes Detected in Blood Years Before Alzheimer’s Onset
Jef Akst | Jan 21, 2019
The observation could pave the way for a blood test to predict disease progression in people with a genetic predisposition to developing the neurodegenerative disorder.