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