Relationship between skeletal muscle disorders and neurodegeneration
In this NIHR Newcastle BRC funded study, researchers examine what links can be made between sarcopenia, an age-associated progressive muscle disorder, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD)
Lead author, Dr Alison Yarnall worked with colleagues across ageing and mitochondrial research areas in Newcastle, to combine understandings of both the impact on muscles, mitochondria, and both physical and cognitive function in PD.
Having a better understanding can give experts a clue to the basic biology underlying both sarcopenia and PD, therefore helping to optimise health and reduce symptom burden in older adults with PD, as well as in ageing overall.
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