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  1. Brains at Work Against Parkinson's Disease

    April 18, 2001 (Philadelphia) -- When actor Michael J. Fox retired from the sitcom Spin City last January, he made a commitment to focus his energies on aiding research for Parkinson's disease, an illness he was diagnosed with in 1991. His foundation, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, says a cure for t

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  2. Stem Cell Research: Scientists Wait as Bush Decides

    March 15, 2001 (Washington) -- Scientists are casting a worried eye toward Washington, as federal funding for possible disease-busting embryonic stem cell research is in limbo. And those with religious and moral objections to the research, which requires the destruction of microscopic human embryos,

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  3. Jury Still Out on Cell Transplants for Parkinson's

    March 7, 2001 -- In Parkinson's disease, brain cells stop making a crucial chemical called dopamine. Without it, muscle movement is poorly controlled, making it increasingly difficult to write, walk, or even speak. Drugs that replenish dopamine do provide some relief, but there is no cure, and the s

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  4. Another Step Closer to Growing New Brain Cells for Parkinson's Patients

    Feb. 16, 2001 (San Francisco) -- Scientists announced Friday that they were able to use cells from mouse embryos to replace lost brain cells in mice with symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The results represent a significant step toward using cells cultured from very early human embryos in therapies f

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  5. Parkinson's Puzzle: Study Shows Genetic Link

    Dec. 13, 2000 -- For some time, researchers have realized that patients who get the first symptoms of Parkinson's disease before age 50 may have inherited a predisposition to the disease. The more typical form of Parkinson's, where symptoms appear after the age of 50, may also have a genetic basis,

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  6. Parkinson's Disease: Is It Something in the Air?

    Nov. 5, 2000 -- The real causes of Parkinson's disease remain a mystery, but scientists are slowly unravelling their secrets. Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta announced that they have been able to show that environmental factors are likely to play a major role in the development of the i

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  7. Gene Therapy Very Promising, Very Preliminary for Parkinson's

    Oct. 26, 2000 -- Gene therapy for the prevention and treatment of Parkinson's disease has taken another step closer to reality, say U.S. and Swiss researchers in the Oct. 27 issue of the journal Science. More than one million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson's, which causes symptoms such

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  8. Therapy for Parkinson's Disease Moving in the Right Direction

    Oct. 17, 2000 -- How far have we come in finding the best treatment for Parkinson's disease? Recent research indicates that we're not quite there yet, but we are getting closer. Scientists are currently trying to determine whether a new class of drugs, developed in the last few years, can improve qu

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  9. Slowly, but Surely, Progress Is Being Made Against Parkinson's

    Oct. 17, 2000 (Boston) -- Parkinson's disease (PD) is an illness that progresses slowly, and so, it seems, have medical science's efforts at finding ways to fight it. Nonetheless, researchers at a national meeting of neurologists here say they are making steady, incremental gains in their battle aga

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  10. Java Junkies Rejoice! Caffeine May Reduce Risk of Parkinson's

    Oct. 16, 2000 (Boston) -- Too much coffee can give you the shakes, but a moderate amount of java may protect you from Parkinson's disease (PD) and its symptoms of uncontrolled trembling and involuntary movements, report Harvard University researchers in a poster presentation here at the 125th annual

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