Dopamine is one of the reasons why you don’t feel motivated to exercise

While many people are aware of the benefits of physical activity in theory, many of us find it particularly hard in practice to stay physically active. New research may help to explain why this is so

Dopamine is one of the reasons why you don’t feel motivated to exercisePerhaps you have told yourself many times that, as of next week, you will start exercising more. Perhaps next month, maybe even next year. For many of us, however, sticking to a disciplined program of physical exercise is one of the hardest New Year’s resolutions. New research offers clues as to why finding the motivation […]

Robin Williams’ wife shares their struggles with Lewy body disease

The disease, an umbrella term to dementia related to the presence of Lewy bodies (abnormal deposits of a type of protein) in the brain, affects millions across the globe

Robin Williams’ wife shares their struggles with Lewy body disease“I am not a medical professional, and I am not a spokesperson for anyone. I am a witness,” says Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of famed Hollywood actor Robin Williams. “What my husband and I went through at the hand of Lewy body disease was so horrifying that I want to see the cause eradicated. […]

New information reveals how dopamine works in Parkinson’s patients

Researchers use high-end technology to examine dopamine levels in Parkinson’s patients who were undergoing brain surgery at thousand times faster rate than previously recorded in humans

New information reveals how dopamine works in Parkinson’s patientsResearchers from Virginia Tech’s Carilion Institute have known about dopamine’s link to learning for some time, but they wanted to dig a little deeper in a new study. Using high-end technology, the researchers examined dopamine levels in Parkinson’s patients who were undergoing brain surgery at a rate a thousand times faster than previously recorded in […]

Facts you should know about Parkinson’s disease

Facts you should know about Parkinson’s diseaseParkinson’s disease can seem rather mysterious. For starters, it’s hard to diagnose, since the only way to be certain someone had it is to physically examine her brain after death. And even once you’re told that you have it, your prognosis will probably be murky, because it impacts everyone differently. Meanwhile, friends and loved ones may […]

PSP, a disease which doesn’t have any cure or treatment

A daughter narrates how 19 doctors and neurologists over seven years failed to identify that her mother is suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare brain disease that affects only five to six people in 100,000

PSP, a disease which doesn’t have any cure or treatment“She was just standing there,” my dad told my sister, by way of explanation, “and she fell.” My mom managed a small smile, with her big swollen lip, like it was her fault, my sister told me. The three of them were living in a small apartment in Tokyo at the time. This was five […]