Scientists Think They Can Cure Alzheimer's with Lasers

Finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease has defied medical researchers for decades now, but a team of scientists just gave us new reason to hope. They've discovered a way to zap away the bad proteins that cause diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob (a.k.a. mad cow) disease—with lasers. » 11/04/13 5:40pm 11/04/13 5:40pm

Scientists Can Now Extract Stem Cells from Brains Using Magnets

Nothing about how a bunch of Oxford researchers recently pulled neural stem cells out of the brains of living rats seems feasible. The cells are hard to isolate. Brains are fragile. Okay, brains are very fragile. But they've done it, and the procedure could shed fresh light on diseases like Parkinson's and multiple… » 10/02/13 2:40pm 10/02/13 2:40pm

A Common Liver Drug Could Be Key to Curing Parkinson's

The tragedy of Parkinson's, which progressively robs patients of their physical abilities, is that while certain drugs, therapies and devices can restore some quality of life, so far we haven't found a way to stop brain cells from dying. Now, researchers in the UK and Norway have found a drug that could keep brain… » 9/03/13 3:40pm 9/03/13 3:40pm

An Amazing Stabilized Spoon Lets Parkinson's Sufferers Feed Themselves

The same way your fancy DSLR lens can automatically track and compensate for vibrations and shaking motions, Lift Labs' incredibly innovative new Liftware Spoon lets those dealing with Parkinson's disease—and the tremors associated with the condition—still feed themselves. » 8/22/13 9:24am 8/22/13 9:24am

Scientists Use Skin To Replace Brain Cells Destroyed By Parkinson's

Parkinson's is a horrible degenerative disorder of the central nervous system which is sadly incurable. But now a team of scientists from Johns Hopkins has been able to grow the brain cells which are usually destroyed by the disease from skin stem cells—and they're confident it will help them develop new treatments. » 7/18/12 8:36am 7/18/12 8:36am

Voice Recognition Software Can Diagnose Parkinson's

"Siri, do I have Parkinson's?" That might sound flippant, but actually new research shows that it's possible to detect Parkinson's symptoms simply by using algorithms to detect changes in voice recordings. » 6/25/12 11:00am 6/25/12 11:00am

Study: Nicotine Is Good for You

Nicotine patches significantly improved attention and memory in older people suffering from mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to Alzheimer's, according to a new study. » 1/10/12 4:00pm 1/10/12 4:00pm

The Nike Air Mag Is Selling for About $6,000 Per Pair

The Nike Air Mag, a shoe I dreamt of wearing as a kid and can only dream of buying today, are being auctioned off for the search for a cure for Parkinson's Disease. They're selling for $6,142 a pair. » 9/12/11 5:40pm 9/12/11 5:40pm

Fiber Optic Cable In Your Skull Can Reprogram a Brain

Stanford scientists discover that by changing a mouse's neurons to respond to light, they could use fiber optic cables to influence the mouse to do certain things. The trick is to insert plant genes into the brain first. » 10/19/09 5:30pm 10/19/09 5:30pm

Electrical Shocks to the Brain Slow Down Gamers, May Speed Up…

Researchers somehow found volunteers to willing accept electrical shocks while playing video games. Ooook. The study's mostly good news though: Small zaps to the brain might help Parkinson's patients. The bad news? They'd turn us into bad video game players. » 10/05/09 10:20pm 10/05/09 10:20pm

Micro-Camera Implanted in Mouse's Brain Watches for Parkinson Tremors

Scientists have injected a mouse with a chemical that makes its brain glow where there's activity, and implanted a tiny camera directly inside the hippocampus to watch what's going on. The team at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan are using the 0.1-inch-long camera to look for information on brain… » 1/31/08 9:07am 1/31/08 9:07am