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  1. Alcohol Doesn't Protect From Parkinson's

    May 15, 2003 -- New research argues against a direct relationship between Parkinson's disease and an aversion to addictive behaviors. The findings challenge the idea of a so-called 'Parkinson's personality' in people predisposed to develop the disease. Investigators at the Harvard School of Public H

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  2. A New Way to Treat Parkinson's Disease

    April 28, 2003 -- An experimental Parkinson's disease treatment may help preserve brain function and stop the involuntary movements associated with current Parkinson's disease treatments. A new study found the treatment safely eased symptoms and improved the quality of life in people whose disease w

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  3. Parkinson's Signs Linked to Alzheimer's

    April 22, 2003 -- Older adults who rapidly develop the tremors and other classical symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be up to eight times as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. A new study shows that the progression of symptoms traditionally associated with Parkinson's disease, such as an irreg

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  4. Fruit Linked to Parkinson's Disease

    April 2, 2003 (Honolulu) -- An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, suggests a new study showing that eating a serving of fruit daily may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease. But the researchers were quick to add that the benefits of fruit in protecting against common disorders such as hea

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  5. Brain Injection Helps Parkinson's Patients

    March 31, 2003 -- Delivering a potent drug directly to the brains of people with Parkinson's disease may be a radical new way to ease the symptoms and stop the progression of the disease. A new study shows the experimental Parkinson's treatment proved safe and effective in its first human trials. Th

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  6. Caffeine, HRT Affect Parkinson's Risk

    March 12, 2003 -- Hormone replacement therapy reduces a woman's risk of Parkinson's disease -- if she's not a coffee drinker. A new study suggests caffeine reduces Parkinson's risk in women who don't take HRT -- but increases it in women who do take HRT. The findings help explain a puzzling fact. Me

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  7. Cost of Treating Parkinson's Rising

    March 6, 2003 -- The cost of treating people with Parkinson's disease is likely to put a growing burden on health care systems as the baby boomer generation enters their golden years. A new Canadian study shows the number of people with Parkinson's in Ontario alone rose by 25% between 1992 and 1999,

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  8. Speech Therapy Helps Parkinson's Patients

    Feb. 25, 2003 -- For people with Parkinson's disease, talking can be a struggle or even embarrassing when a whisper comes out as a shout. But a new speech therapy technique may help these patients by teaching them to speak "loud and low" rather than shouting to get their message across. Two studies

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  9. Parkinson's Drug Linked to Heart Risk

    Jan. 28, 2003 -- The Parkinson's disease drug levodopa may increase the risk of heart disease by raising blood levels of the homocysteine. In a new study, patients who took the drug had higher than normal homocysteine levels, while other Parkinson's patients did not. Although the findings are prelim

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  10. Progress in Lou Gehrig's Disease

    Jan. 24, 2003 -- A common antibiotic and a common dietary supplement prolong life in mice genetically engineered to die of Lou Gehrig's disease. Lots of things go wrong in the bodies of people with Lou Gehrig's disease, known to doctors as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. A mixture of different

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