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  1. L-Dopa Doesn't Hasten Parkinson's Disease

    Dec. 7, 2004 -- A new study helps put to rest worries that the drug L-dopa might speed Parkinson's disease. L-dopa is the gold standard treatment for Parkinson's disease. It helps reduce many of the disease's most troubling symptoms: trembling, slow motion, rigidity, unstable posture, and frozen gai

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  2. Mild Electricity to Brain May Help Parkinson's

    Dec. 1, 2004 - Electrically stimulating the surface of the brain appears to improve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease without causing side effects. That's what French researchers found in lab experiments with baboons. Parkinson's disease scrambles the brain's movement signals to the rest of the bo

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  3. Can Coffee Help Women Fight Parkinson's?

    Nov. 5, 2004 - Postmenopausal women who take estrogen may not reap at least one of the potential health benefits of drinking coffee. According to a new study, postmenopausal estrogen use alters coffee's protective effect against Parkinson's disease. Previous studies have shown that men who drink cof

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  4. Exercise Helps Slow Parkinson's Disease

    Oct. 25, 2004 -- Exercise may slow the onset of Parkinson's disease, a new animal study shows. A pilot study is under way to test this theory in Parkinson's disease patients. It's a wake-up call for the rest of us to get some regular exercise, the researchers say. "The concept is emerging that exerc

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  5. Drug Averts Parkinson's Disease Brain Damage

    Oct. 13, 2004 -- Mirapex, a drug used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, might also help guard the brain against the disease's damage. The finding, published in the Oct. 11 issue of the online journal BMC Biology, is based on lab tests with mice given Parkinson's disease. Previous research su

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  6. Depression Common With Parkinson's Disease

    Sept. 29, 2004 -- Depression affects almost half of all people with Parkinson's disease, says a University of Rochester neurologist. The depression isn't a dismayed reaction to Parkinson's disease. Rather, it's part of the illness, says Irene Richard, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Cente

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  7. Cell Implants Might Help Parkinson's Disease

    June 21, 2004 -- Stem cell implant surgery is offering hope for some people with Parkinson's disease. In a study of this new experimental procedure, patients under age 60 regained some movement after having stem cells implanted. The report appears in the current issue of Archives of Neurology. "We s

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  8. Parkinson's Drug Linked to Heart Valve Disease

    April 28, 2004 -- A drug commonly used to treat the early stages of Parkinson's disease may damage the heart and increase the risk of heart valve disease, according to new research. The study showed that 89% of Parkinson's disease patients treated with the drug Permax had leaky heart valves, called

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  9. First-Of-Its-Kind Parkinson's Treatment OK'd

    April 23, 2004 -- FDA has approved a first-of-its-kind treatment for Parkinson's disease. Apokyn helps relieve the sudden attacks of immobility that can leave Parkinson's patients unable to perform their regular daily activities. These episodes can occur unexpectedly or as Parkinson's medication beg

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  10. Strong Placebo, Strong Parkinson's Effect

    April 14, 2004 --- An extreme placebo treatment -- brain surgery -- had a strong positive effect on Parkinson's patients. The unusual clinical trial, first reported in 2001, looked at whether transplants of embryonic brain cells could help people with Parkinson's disease. All 39 people in the study

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