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  1. New Leads in Slowing Parkinson's

    Feb. 24, 2006 -- A new study shows that two compounds -- creatine and minocycline -- might deserve more research to see if they slow down Parkinson's disease. However, the researchers stress that they haven't shown that either compound is safe or effective in treating Parkinson's disease. "This stud

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  2. Eye Cell Implants Help Parkinson's

    Dec. 12, 2005 -- Implants of human retina cells may help soothe shaking and improve movement in people with advanced Parkinson's disease. A new study shows the implants improved motor symptoms, such as muscle rigidity and tremors, by 48% one year after treatment, and those improvements were sustaine

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  3. More Education, More Parkinson's Risk

    Nov. 21, 2005 -- There may be a strange connection between Parkinson's disease and high academic achievers, a new study shows. The findings may have been enough for Roberta Frigerio, MD, and colleagues to do a double take. The highly educated group found that Parkinson's is more common among people

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  4. Environmental Toxins Linked to Parkinson's

    Sept. 7, 2005 -- Exposure to certain chemicals found in pesticides and herbicides may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease in people with a family history of the disease, according to a new study. Researchers say the findings support evidence of a possible link between environmental toxins and P

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  5. Parkinson's Drugs May Cause Sleep Attacks

    Aug. 29, 2005 - A group of drugs commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease may cause sudden sleep attacks in about one in five people who take them, according to a new study. Researchers found 22% of people with Parkinson's disease treated with drugs that include Mirapex, Requip, or Permax reported

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  6. 'Ecstasy' Drug May Yield New Parkinson's Drugs

    Aug. 1, 2005 -- Amphetamines -- especially the drug known as ecstasy -- may prompt new Parkinson's treatments, based on tests done on mice. The researchers certainly don't recommend ecstasy for people with Parkinson's. The tests were done on mice, not people, and ecstasy can be dangerous for the bra

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  7. Frist Backs Funding of Stem Cell Research

    July 29, 2005 -- In a surprise move Friday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he will back efforts to reverse President Bush's policy restricting federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Frist (R-Tenn.) shocked conservatives and delighted research advocates when he rose on the Senate f

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  8. Report Ties Parkinson's Drugs to Gambling

    July 12, 2005 -- Mayo Clinic doctors report that certain drugs for Parkinson's disease may have a rare side effect: problem gambling. M. Leann Dodd, MD, and colleagues outline the possible connection in the Archives of Neurology. "Pathological gambling is a rare potential complication related to tre

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  9. Drug May Reverse Parkinson's Brain Damage

    July 5, 2005 -- An experimental drug may be able to reverse the course of Parkinson's disease in the brain, according to a preliminary report. An analysis of the brain of a man who took the experimental drug called GDNF (glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor) showed regrowth of the nerve fiber

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  10. Small Step Made Toward Parkinson's Vaccine

    June 15, 2005 -- Researchers have made progress in the effort to create a vaccine against Parkinson's disease. The strides were seen in tests on mice. It's not known if years of additional research will eventually help prevent or cure the disease in people. Still, "this shows the first demonstration

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