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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. From Bone Marrow to Brain Cells

    Nov. 13, 2001 -- Normally, stem cells in adult bone marrow are destined to become cartilage, bone, fat, or muscle cells. But scientists have now successfully converted them into adult brain cells. This preliminary, but exciting, development could eventually bring a host of new treatment options for

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  6. Human Genome Research Implicates Genes in Parkinson's

    Nov. 13, 2001 -- It has long been suspected that genetic predisposition plays a role in a rare form of Parkinson's disease that occurs in young people. New research not only confirms that this is true, but for the first time identifies genes linked to the more common form of the devastating neurolog

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  7. Helping Those With Advanced Parkinson's Disease

    Oct. 3, 2001 -- People with advanced Parkinson's disease move slowly and often "freeze" in mid-step, which can cause falls. In general, walking aids, or walkers, can help make users more stable and prevent falls, but researchers don't know how useful they can be for people with this disease. The res

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  8. Brain Stimulation Improves Parkinson's Movements

    Sept. 26, 2001 -- Parkinson's disease has thankfully been getting a lot of attention in the last several years, but doctors continue to struggle with how best to treat people with the most severe forms of this puzzling medical problem. But now a procedure called "deep-brain stimulation" is showing m

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  9. Long-Term Constipation an Early Sign of Parkinson's?

    Aug. 13, 2001 -- Men who suffer a lifetime history of constipation are nearly three times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than men with normal bowel movements, according to a new study. Although constipation itself does not cause Parkinson's disease, long-standing problems could be early

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  10. Bush's Stem Cell Decision: What Will It Mean?

    Aug. 9, 2001 (Washington) -- As a political firestorm continues to rage around stem-cell research, President Bush is set to announce his position tonight on federal funding for studies on stem cells taken from frozen human embryos. Bush's prime-time TV announcement from his Texas ranch is a huge and

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