Tag: parkinson’s disease

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Regulating Microglia’s Three Roles May Be the Key to Managing Inflammation in the Brain

Experts have long thought of microglia as the immune cells of the brain because they support and defend cells within the central nervous system. To help describe their various functions, scientists have classified microglia into three different roles: sentinels, warriors and nurturers. But what happens to the brain when these microglia aren’t doing their job […]

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Event Highlights Progress on Brain Disease Research

Determined collaboration and groundbreaking technology have led to exciting advances in efforts to solve the challenges of brain diseases, researchers from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases(MIND) told patients, families and friends recently. On May 16, 2018, nearly 100 people attended the event at the MIND labs at the Charlestown Navy Yard. MIND’s Visiting Day gathering […]

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Both Patients and Researchers Have a Role to Play in Preserving Brain Function

Reposted from the Mass General Giving Website Brain health is key to living a long and happy life. Too many Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and other brain conditions that rob them of their memories, their independence and their lives. In fact, 1 of every 3 seniors dies due to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. […]

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Using Smartphones to Measure Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Mobile technology has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, including how we manage our health. A recently launched substudy (a subset of a larger research question) from Parkinson’s disease researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital will look into utilizing patient-owned smartphones to measure symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The results will help researchers better understand the […]

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PET Theories: New Imaging Tools Offer Better Diagnosis, Treatment of Neurodegeneration

PET scanning is giving Mass General Hospital researchers a whole new view of neurodegenerative diseases, which will hopefully make it easier to diagnose and treat patients for a variety of conditions, including ALS and Parkinson’s disease. LEARN MORE

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Early Weight Loss in Parkinson Disease Patients May Signify More Serious Form of the Disease

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator finds evidence of an association between weight loss in patients with early Parkinson disease and more rapid disease progression. While weight loss is common in Parkinson’s patients, results of the study – which is being released online prior to publication in the March issue of JAMA […]

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