Examining how stress affects Parkinson’s disease – EurekAlert

Image: James Herman, PhD, and his colleagues have developed a new animal model that can delete stress hormone receptors in a targeted process that doesn’t affect other parts of the brain.
CREDIT: Photo/Andrew Higley/University of Cincinnati

 
Stress can have a negative effect on anyone’s health but presents particular challenges for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Kim Seroogy, PhD, said previous research from his team has shown that chronic stress can exacerbate Parkinson’s disease and lead to degeneration of brain cells and motor functions at a faster rate.

Now, Seroogy and his research collaborators at the University of Cincinnati have received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to examine how stress hormone receptors affect cell degeneration.

Read more at: https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/940074

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