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  1. 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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  2. Early Parkinson's Disease: What Drugs Should You Take?

    Oct. 6, 2000 -- So you've just been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and are wondering what medication is best. Well, you're not alone. Some of the biggest names in the field can't agree on that very issue, as highlighted in a debate sparked by a recent study featured in The New England Journal of

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  3. Genetic Mutation May Explain Many Parkinson's Disease Cases

    Oct. 5, 2000 -- Parkinson's is not a fatal disease, but it can have an increasingly devastating effect on a person's life, or on the people that take care of the patient. It's not just that the symptoms limit mobility and the medications have worrisome side effects, but also that no one can answer t

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  4. Small Steps Can Mean Giant Leaps for Parkinson's Patients

    Oct. 4, 2000 -- While scientists search for a cure for Parkinson's disease, millions of people who have the disease, including 73-year-old Californian Milt Jones, are learning how to live with it and the limitations it can place on their bodies and lives. A disorder of the nervous system that affect

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  5. Parkinson's Patients: Be Warned of 'Sleep Attacks'

    Aug. 25, 2000 -- Parkinson's disease patients are being warned that several drugs for the condition may cause sudden "sleep attacks" so severe they can lead to auto accidents if they occur during driving. The sleepiness may begin only after many months of apparently safe and effective treatment, acc

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  6. New Guidelines to Permit Stem Cell Research

    Aug. 23, 2000 (Washington) -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that promising but controversial stem cell research is eligible for federal funding -- but it must adhere to carefully worded federal guidelines released Wednesday. The hope is that stem cells, obtained from either d

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  7. Brain 'Pacemaker' Shows Good Results in Parkinson's Patients

    July 26, 2000 -- More than half of the patients who had an electronic 'pacemaker' implanted in their brains to control their Parkinson's disease did so well that they were able to stop taking their medication entirely, according to a study published in the latest issue of Archives of Neurology. But

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  8. Music Helps Movement, Mood in Parkinson's Patients

    June 20, 2000 -- Music. It does a body good. Physical therapy may help keep Parkinson's disease patients limber, but now researchers have found that music therapy may help them move faster -- and make them happier. This is the first time that music therapy's effect on Parkinson's has been objectivel

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  9. Researchers Take a Longer Look at Surgical Procedure for Parkinson's

    June 7, 2000 -- When actor Michael J. Fox announced that he had Parkinson's disease and was leaving his critically acclaimed television series at the end of the season, he caused a minor sensation. Because of his celebrity status, he helped bring a little-known disorder into the eyes of mainstream A

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  10. Special Nerve Cells Could Aid Parkinson's Patients

    May 30, 2000 -- Researchers have generated nerve cells that produce a chemical called dopamine, and this research may point to ways to slow the progress of Parkinson's disease. Dopamine is a chemical produced by the brain that is important for transmitting signals between nerves. It has also been fo

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