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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Coenzyme Q10 May Slow Parkinson's

    Oct. 14, 2002 - High doses of the popular supplement coenzyme Q10 helps slow the progression of Parkinson's disease in some patients by as much as half, researchers report. Their study, published in the Oct. 15 issue of Archives of Neurology, is the latest to examine the possible benefits of coenzym

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  6. Parkinson's Surgery Improves Movement

    Oct. 14, 2002 -- Surgeons have refined a procedure for Parkinson's disease -- one that gives long-term relief from the shakiness that we've seen in actor Michael J. Fox and others. The effects seem to be long-term, without complications, plus patients need less medication, reports Jorge Juncos, MD,

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  7. Gene Therapy for Parkinson's Nears

    Oct. 10, 2002 -- Researchers may soon find out if the hope lives up to the hype in using gene therapy to treat Parkinson's patients. Based on the findings of successful animal studies, the FDA has granted approval for the first tests of the experimental therapy in humans. The small, phase I clinical

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  8. Depression Linked to Parkinson's

    -->May 28, 2002 -- People diagnosed with depression are more than three times as likely to develop Parkinson's disease than nondepressed people, according to a new study. And that dramatic link now has researchers wondering if depression is really an early symptom of Parkinson's rather than a risk f

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  9. Up and Coming Drugs for Parkinson's

    April 18, 2002 -- Three new drugs showing great promise in the treatment of Parkinson's disease are being discussed at this week's annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. One drug seems to improve mental sharpness and reduce hallucinations in late-stage Parkinson's patients, says study

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  10. Cell Transplants Help Parkinson's

    April 17, 2002 -- Two different types of cell transplants and implants may help Parkinson's patients combat the symptoms of the disease. New research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology shows the experimental treatments could provide lasting benefits to people

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