movement disorder

06/06/2013 - 14:14

Surgery has been used for Parkinson’s disease and familial tremors, and also shows promise for other disorders. The surgeon who more than two decades ago pioneered deep brain stimulation surgery in the United States to treat people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders has now developed a new way to perform the surgery — which allows for more accurate placement of the brain electrodes and likely is safer for patients.


12/19/2012 - 13:48

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in collaboration with researchers from other institutions, have identified a causative gene for primary torsion dystonia (PTD), a debilitating movement disorder that impacts an estimated 500,000 people in North America alone.

09/27/2012 - 09:45

Fewer than 100 people in the world are known to be affected by a movement disorder called rapid-onset dystonia-parkinsonism (RDP), but its symptoms are life-changing. Seemingly normal young people are suddenly and dramatically unable to control movement of their arms or legs and have trouble speaking or swallowing.  A normal life is nearly impossible.

12/16/2011 - 09:45

After a challenging two-decade hunt, scientists have pinpointed the gene responsible for a rare disease that causes seizures in infancy and sudden, uncontrollable movements in adolescence and early adulthood. The findings, published December 15, 2011, in Cell Reports, could pave the way to new therapies for more common forms of seizures and dyskinesias, or abnormal movements, the researchers say.

10/30/2011 - 21:08

Scientists have developed a new mouse model for motor neuron diseases. These mice lack a protein involved in maintaining iron balance and develop a movement disorder that progresses to hind-limb paralysis.