Study Finds Why Debilitating Parkinson's Disease Affects Your Movements

by Kathy Jones on  July 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM Research News
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Studies have found that for three out of every four people who develop Parkinson's disease (PD), the disease begins with a trembling or shaking in one of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face.
 Study Finds Why Debilitating Parkinson's Disease Affects Your Movements
Study Finds Why Debilitating Parkinson's Disease Affects Your Movements
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Others with PD may experience stiffness of the limbs and trunk; slowness of movement; and impaired balance and coordination as symptoms.

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All this results from loss or loss of function of nerve cells in the brain that coordinate movement.

A team of researchers, led by Chung-Chin Kuo, at National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taiwan, has now shown that pharmacological blockade of T-type calcium channels reduces deficiencies in the ability to move normally in a rat model of PD.

This has led them to suggest that targeting T-type calcium channels could provide a new approach to treating individuals with PD.

Source: ANI
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