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Competing Brain Cells Lead to Memory Development
Much like advanced electronic devices with large systems of circuits and wires, our brain is a complicated machine. But unlike programming a remote control, the brain can do work itself -- shaping and refining memories unassisted.
Lithium May Prevent Brain Damage from Parkinson's
Lithium has long been a useful drug for conditions such as bipolar disorder and cyclic major depression. Though used most often for mental illness, new research suggests the drug may have other uses.
New Genetic Clues About Rare Brain Disorder
Progressive supranuclear palsy is a rare and devastating disease with no known treatments. New genetic clues could provide new insights into  neurodegenerative therapies.
Parkinson's and Melanoma
Michael J. Fox Foundation has an urgent mission to raise money, find a cure and provide support for Parkinson's disease patients. It's as if the foundation has taken on Michael's philosophy in life.
Medication Errors Resulting From Name Confusion
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public to medication error reports in which patients were given risperidone ( Risperdal ) instead of ropinirole ( Requip ) and vice versa. In some cases, patients who took the wrong medication needed to be hospitalized.
New Parkinson's Treatment in Development
Exciting progress is being made in the treatment of advanced Parkinson's disease. Levodopa-carbidopa (Sinemet) intestinal gel (LCIG), shows great promise minimizing the number of times patients experience symptoms.
Pesticides Increase Risk for Parkinson's Disease
Farmers have been using pesticides to prevent pests from attacking crops for years. And while these efforts increase the amount of food we have, is the practice actually healthy?
Iron and Copper Bad for the Brain?
Iron and copper are common metals used to make cars, pots, and other inanimate objects, but they are also very important in the body. Too much iron and copper can be bad for the brain.
Game-changing Advance in Stem Cell Science
Stem cell research holds the promise of changing the entire field of medicine. But research has been hampered because scientists haven't found a way to produce enough cells that can be studied safely.
Deep Sleep Detects Parkinson's
Over time, the toll that Parkinson's disease takes on the body and mind gets worse and worse. Although Parkinson's has no cure, finding it early can help patients in many ways. New research shows that early symptoms of the disease can be seen in dream sleep.