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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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