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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Self-Transplant for Parkinson's

    April 8, 2002 -- It's already known that embryonic stem cell transplants can help people with Parkinson's disease. The problem, aside from the ethical dilemma, is the ongoing threat of an autoimmune reaction. But now, researchers have found that they can coax a patient's adult cells to become dopami

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  4. New Parkinson's Drug Saves Brain Cells

    April 2, 2002 -- The gold standard in Parkinson's disease treatment is facing a tough challenge from a relative newcomer, and millions of people with the disease may benefit from the competition. A new study shows Mirapex slows the loss of brain cells associated with Parkinson's better than levodopa

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  5. Monkey Stem Cells Offer Hope for Parkinson's

    Jan. 29, 2002 -- Japanese researchers may have found a way to bypass the controversial use of human embryonic stem cells while still reaping the benefits of the emerging technology. A new study shows that monkey stem cells can be coaxed into becoming mature brain cells that can be used for research

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  6. Parkinson's Drugs Not to Blame

    Jan. 22, 2002 -- In the last couple of years, there has been an explosion in reports of sleep attacks in people being treated for Parkinson's disease. But contrary to what many people are being told, a new study says that new Parkinson's drugs are not the cause. The first reports of sleep attacks in

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  7. Folic Acid Linked to Parkinson's Disease

    Jan. 17, 2002 -- It's thought that both genetic defects and environmental toxins conspire together to cause Parkinson's disease. But a new study shows that folic acid might help prevent this degenerative brain disease -- at least in mice. Folic acid is already known to prevent birth defects of the n

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  8. L-Dopa Still First Choice for Parkinson's

    Jan. 9, 2002 -- The king is dead -- not! Reports of L-dopa's demise were exaggerated, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) now says. For 30 years, L-dopa has been the first-line treatment for Parkinson's disease. That reign appeared to end in June 2001 when a special issue of the AAN's official j

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  9. Common Antibiotic May Prevent Parkinson's

    Nov. 28, 2001 -- A common antibiotic appears to have an interesting side effect: it may prevent Parkinson's disease. The antibiotic -- minocycline -- is known to have anti-inflammatory effects that are completely separate from its germ-killing activity. Because of this, it is often used to treat inf

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  10. Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Works Well With Drugs

    Nov. 27, 2001 -- Brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease continues to gain ground. A new study shows that it can reduce some of the problems people experience after taking drugs for a long time. In people with Parkinson's, levels of the brain chemical dopamine are too low. But, levodopa -- one of

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