Racette joins NIH environmental health advisory council

Physician-scientist is environmental manganese exposure expert From the WashU School of Medicine News… Brad Racette, MD, the Robert Allan Finke Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named to the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. His term began in May and will continue through the end of November […]

Drugs that suppress immune system may protect against Parkinson’s

People who take immunosuppressants less likely to develop the disease From the WashU School of Medicine News… People who take drugs that suppress the immune system are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings, published May 31 in Annals of Clinical and […]

$3.7 million to help research neurological disorders linked to manganese

Focus in South Africa, where most manganese found From the WashU Newsroom… Manganese – found in smoke from steel production and coal fires – has been linked to a range of neurological problems often seen with Parkinson’s disease: slowness, stiffness, tremors, anxiety, depression, cognitive changes, and difficulty walking and speaking. Decades ago, federal environmental and public […]

Medical history can point to earlier Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

Algorithm could alert doctors to evaluate for the disease From the WashU Newsroom… Before symptoms become pronounced, there is no reliable way to identify who is on track to develop Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating movement disorder characterized by tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. But researchers at Washington University School of […]