New findings to lead to better understanding of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's?

Posted on 20 June 2011

A pioneering study could lead to a better understanding of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative conditions, scientists have said, bringing hope to many choosing a care home.

Three potential susceptibility genes were found for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), which is similar to Parkinson's disease but does not respond to Parkinson's medications, according to the study published in journal Nature Genetics.

According to researchers, this could open up research avenues for other conditions where tau protein plays a part, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and frontotemporal dementia.

Dennis W Dickinson, study co-lead author, said: "While these findings are surprisingly robust, we are still at the very earliest stages of this work. These are excellent candidate genes, but we have to make sure they are true susceptibility genes."

In other news, research carried out at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has indicated that taking part in music and drama activities can be highly beneficial to those with Parkinson's disease.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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