June 2015

In the journal Current Biology, researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada reported that Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, may be result of “brain cell burnout” in a few specific areas of the brain. Some brain cells that regulate movement, emotional responses and other functions demand high levels of energy because they are complex neurons with lots of branches. The study found that complex structures demand high levels of energy and deterioration sometimes results which the study compared to burning out a motor. Effective treatment of Parkinson's disease may be found in developing drugs that reduce energy consumption in the brain or facilitate the more efficient use of energy in the brain. Click here for more information.