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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Drug Reduces Early Parkinson's Symptoms

    Dec. 16, 2002 -- An experimental drug may offer an improvement in symptoms for people with early-stage Parkinson's disease. In a newly published study, patients treated with the drug rasagiline had reduced symptoms with few of the side effects associated with currently available therapies. Researche

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  6. Should Parkinson's Patients Drive?

    Dec. 9, 2002 -- A growing body of scientific research is confirming what common sense implies -- Parkinson's patients can be dangerous behind the wheel. Yet aside from a doctor's suggestion, there is nothing to prevent most licensed patients with this degenerative disease to drive. "The are no rules

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  7. Stem Cells May Help Parkinson's

    Nov. 7, 2002 -- Scientists have successfully converted adult stem cells -- unprogrammed, blank-slate cells -- into nerve cells that produce dopamine, the brain chemical missing in Parkinson's disease. So far, it's just been done in a laboratory dish and in rat brains. But if this can be done in huma

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  8. Critical Discovery for Parkinson's

    -->Nov. 6, 2002 -- Researchers are working hard to unlock the mysteries of Parkinson's disease, to understand the biological mechanisms that drive the disease -- and that can lead to new treatments. The "Hegdehog" protein is one of these mechanisms. And new discoveries related to it could even mean

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  9. Obesity Increases Risk of Parkinson's

    Oct. 29, 2002 -- If flexing your triceps reveals more flab than muscle, you could be at greater risk for Parkinson's disease later in life, according to a new study. Middle-aged men with an excess of upper arm fat are particularly vulnerable to the disease according to the study, which appears in th

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  10. Vitamin E in Foods Prevents Parkinson's

    Oct. 21, 2002 -- Say "nuts" to Parkinson's disease. Nuts and other foods rich in vitamin E lower the risk of this debilitating illness, a dietary study suggests. These foods must have more good stuff than just the vitamin, however. People who took vitamin E pills did not lower their risk of Parkinso

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