When the substantia nigra is super charged by food restriction, or drugs, or both, you become super motivated to seek out more food, or more drugs… whatever floats the substantia nigra’s boat.
Researchers report they alleviated the debilitating effects of the neurodegenerative disease in mice and monkeys
New study finds it's not just dopamine-producing cells, but likely ones that secrete norepinephrine, as well, that kick-start the movement disorder
...and much more than motor symptoms. A colleague handed me this paper, not just as an interesting aspect of Parkinson's, but as somewhat supportive paper for the role of serotonin in depression.
Recent genetic and cellular discoveries are among the advances pointing to improved treatments for this increasingly common disorder
Neurodegenerative disorders devastate the brain, but doctors hope one day to replace lost cells
Neurons involved in Parkinson’s disease are especially susceptible to burnout because of their complex branching
Both the axons and the main cell bodies of neurons glow green in this photomicrograph of the mouse brain’s substantia nigra, which is involved in addictive behavior. As in the previous image the cell outlines are revealed by infecting them with a chemically tagged virus.
Certain areas grow bigger as a mother bonds with her infant
Scientists optimistic after discovering genetic link to loss of dopamine-producing neurons
Promising results delivered in the first human clinical trial testing the procedure against the neurodegenerative disorder
A promising new application treats symptoms with no side effects
Two decades ago it was discovered that the brain has "pleasure centers." These centers are now seen as belonging to a system of pathways that appear to play a role in learning and memory
The smoking gun is still missing, but growing evidence suggests highly reactive substances called free radicals are central players in this common neurological disorder
A new technique is reviving the century-old study of brain lesions and revealing surprising things about neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease
Scientists find a way chemicals may contribute to Parkinson’s