Parkinson’s and apathy

Apathy is a prominent and nasty symptom of Parkinson’s disease. One researcher described it as “one of the most disabling” of all symptoms. Apathy can appear years before a diagnosis of Parkinson’s is made. At least a third of people with Parkinson’s will experience it and once it starts it never goes away. Apathy might … Continue reading “Parkinson’s and apathy”

Exercise and sleep in Parkinson’s

Hot off the research press is a journal article with a self-explanatory title: Effects of exercise on sleep in neurodegenerative disease. It starts by summarising the main things that affect sleep in people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases as being: damage to the sleep-wake system in the brain, that affects the circadian rhythm … Continue reading “Exercise and sleep in Parkinson’s”

Mitochondria & Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease researchers have had to do a complete revision of thinking. For decades, the focus has been on getting rid of an abnormal protein, called amyloid, that plonks itself  in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. It was a reasonable hypothesis. Amyloid and Alzheimer’s seem to go together, so it seemed logical that in … Continue reading “Mitochondria & Alzheimer’s”