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    1. Brain ‘Pacemaker' Beneficial for Parkinson's

      April 28, 2010 -- Deep brain stimulation offers a clear benefit to patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease in terms of symptom control and quality of life, but as with any surgery, the procedure is not without risks, new research confirms. The study is the second major trial in a little over a ye

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    2. Treating Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson's

      March 15, 2010 -- The American Academy of Neurology has issued new guidelines outlining what it says are the most effective treatments for non-motor symptoms common in people with Parkinson’s disease. These include sleep disturbances, fatigue, constipation, and sexual problems, which the AAN says ar

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    3. Ibuprofen May Reduce Risk of Parkinson's

      Feb. 17, 2010 -- People who take ibuprofen may be nearly 40% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Researchers found the pain reliever was the only one in the popular class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) studied that had any effect on risk of Parkins

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    4. Lead, Tobacco Exposure Linked to ADHD

      Nov. 23, 2009 -- Prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke and childhood exposure to lead are linked to increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, a new study shows. The study is published in the December issue of Pediatrics. Researchers led by Tanya E. Froehlich, MD, MS

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    5. Gamma Knife Relieves Uncontrollable Tremors

      Nov. 3, 2009 (Chicago) -- A high-tech procedure that delivers radiation deep within the brain relieved uncontrollable shaking and tremors in more than 80% of patients in whom it was tested. The procedure uses a gamma knife to target brain cells that work overtime in people with tremors, says Rufus M

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    6. Diagnosing ADHD: Teacher Input Overlooked?

      Oct. 21, 2009 -- Pediatricians are most often involved in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, but many do not get recommended input from teachers before rendering a diagnosis, Consumer Reports says in a parent survey about their children with ADHD. The survey of pa

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    7. Mutant Gene Raises Risk of Parkinson's

      Oct. 21, 2009 -- A clue from a rare disease has led to the discovery of gene mutations that increase risk of Parkinson's disease fivefold. People with Gaucher's disease have a defective GBA gene. Doctors studying the rare, inherited illness noticed that these patients are at increased risk of the mu

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    8. Can Early Treatment With Azilect Slow Parkinson's?

      Sept. 23, 2009 -- A study suggests that the drug Azilect may slow Parkinson's if started early in the disease, but contradictory data fog the study findings. The brains of patients with Parkinson's disease are starved for dopamine. Azilect, a drug approved for Parkinson's treatment, slows the breakd

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    9. ADHD Drug Abuse Rising Among Teens

      Aug. 24, 2009 -- The abuse of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs by teenagers is growing, according to a new study. Researchers found calls to poison control centers for adolescent ADHDprescription drug abuse increased out of proportion to other poison center calls in recent years

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    10. Summer Plans for Children With ADHD

      We’ve known that our 11-year-old son, Ian, has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) since he was in third grade. Actually, we knew something was wrong even when he was in preschool. He was having major meltdowns, had no impulse control, was constantly touching things, and couldn’t seem to

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