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  1. More Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a number of common pesticides that increase the risk of Parkinson's disease, and that they've also discovered that people's genes can affect their level of risk. In a previous study, the U

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  2. Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Advanced Parkinson's Disease

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new, preliminary treatment involving triple-gene therapy appears safe and effective in helping to control motor function in Parkinson's disease patients, according to new research. The therapy, called ProSavin, works

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  3. Drug Shows Promise in Treating Parkinson's Psychosis

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Many people living with Parkinson's disease suffer from hallucinations and delusions, but an experimental drug might offer some relief without debilitating side effects. The drug -- pimavanserin -- appears to significantly r

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  4. Pesticide Exposure May Raise Parkinson's Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged exposure to pesticides, bug and weed killers, and solvents appears to raise the risk for developing Parkinson's disease, a new study says. Italian investigators who reviewed more than 100 prior studies found exposure to s

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  5. Eating Peppers Tied to Lower Parkinson's Risk, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Eating vegetables that naturally contain nicotine, such as peppers and tomatoes, may reduce your risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Previous research has found that smoking and other types of tobac

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  6. Deep Brain Stimulation May Ease Early Parkinson's

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation has been used for years to help relieve motor problems in people with advanced Parkinson's. Now, new research finds that the procedure may also help people in earlier stages of the disease. The treatme

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  7. Some Parkinson's Patients Discover Artistic Side

    THURSDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with Parkinson's disease discover untapped artistic abilities after their diagnosis -- a phenomenon that seems to be related to their dopamine-enhancing medication. Over the years, reports have popped up in the medical literature on Parkinson's patie

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  8. Compulsions in Parkinson’s Tied to Treatment

    Jan. 8, 2013 -- Parkinson’s disease itself doesn’t seem to raise a person’s risk for compulsive addictions to things like gambling, shopping, or sex, a new study shows. Compulsive behaviors affect about 14% of Parkinson’s patients treated with drugs such as dopamine agonists to ease symptoms like tr

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  9. Depression Takes a Toll on Parkinson's Patients

    Nov. 28, 2012 -- For many people with Parkinson's disease, depression affects quality of life more than the symptoms such as shaking, according to new research. "At least 50% of people with Parkinson's have depression," says Michael S. Okun, MD, national medical director of the National Parkinson Fo

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  10. All Kinds of Exercise May Be Good for Parkinson's

    Nov. 6, 2012 -- Exercise helps put people with Parkinson's disease on a path to better health, a new study shows. All Parkinson’s patients reach a point in their disease where they begin to have trouble walking. Typically, a person starts to lean forward as they walk, their arms move stiffly with th

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