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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Men More Likely to Get Parkinson's Disease?

    March 17, 2004 -- Men may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than women, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed several studies on the incidence of Parkinson's disease in the population and found that men were 1.5 times more likely to develop the disease than women. The cause of Parkinso

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  5. Levodopa May Be Addictive

    Nov. 24, 2003 -- People with Parkinson's disease may become completely dependent upon a drug commonly used to help restore their muscle function and retain their independence. A new report suggests the popular Parkinson's disease drug levodopa may be addictive, especially in people who use the drug

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  6. Deep Brain Stimulation Lasts 5+ Years

    Nov. 13, 2003 -- It's not for all patients with Parkinson's disease. It doesn't improve mental function. But deep brain stimulation gives independent daily living back to most patients by improving muscle control. How long does the effect of this relatively new procedure last? That's still not clear

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  7. Cloning Cures Parkinson's -- in Mice

    Sept. 22, 2003 -- A new technique may help stem cell research move out of the laboratory and into more animals, including humans. In the first example of using cloning to treat a brain-related disorder, researchers have successfully used cloned mouse stem cells to generate sufficient and specific ce

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  8. New Type of Parkinson's Disease Drug

    Aug. 21, 2003 -- For decades, dopamine-replacement drugs have reigned as the best defense against Parkinson's disease. But new research shows that a drug that doesn't affect dopamine may improve symptoms without causing some of the troubling side effects of current drugs. Researchers say dopamine re

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  9. Parkinson's Patient Gets Gene Therapy

    Aug. 19, 2003 -- It's new. It's risky. And it might just work. It's a new gene therapy for Parkinson's disease. Researchers today announced that a 55-year-old New York man is the first patient to get the experimental treatment. "He's doing fine so far. It's been just over 24 hours and he has no feve

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  10. Pain Relievers May Prevent Parkinson's

    Aug. 18, 2003 -- Regular use of common pain relievers lowers a person's risk of Parkinson's disease, a new study says. Research continues to build for a protective effect of anti-inflammatory drugs against brain diseases. The findings come from data collected in two large studies of more than 44,000

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