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  1. Pesticide Exposure May Raise Parkinson's Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged exposure to pesticides, bug and weed killers, and solvents appears to raise the risk for developing Parkinson's disease, a new study says. Italian investigators who reviewed more than 100 prior studies found exposure to s

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  2. Eating Peppers Tied to Lower Parkinson's Risk, Study Finds

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- Eating vegetables that naturally contain nicotine, such as peppers and tomatoes, may reduce your risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Previous research has found that smoking and other types of tobac

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  3. Deep Brain Stimulation May Ease Early Parkinson's

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation has been used for years to help relieve motor problems in people with advanced Parkinson's. Now, new research finds that the procedure may also help people in earlier stages of the disease. The treatme

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  4. Some Parkinson's Patients Discover Artistic Side

    THURSDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with Parkinson's disease discover untapped artistic abilities after their diagnosis -- a phenomenon that seems to be related to their dopamine-enhancing medication. Over the years, reports have popped up in the medical literature on Parkinson's patie

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  5. Compulsions in Parkinson’s Tied to Treatment

    Jan. 8, 2013 -- Parkinson’s disease itself doesn’t seem to raise a person’s risk for compulsive addictions to things like gambling, shopping, or sex, a new study shows. Compulsive behaviors affect about 14% of Parkinson’s patients treated with drugs such as dopamine agonists to ease symptoms like tr

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  6. Depression Takes a Toll on Parkinson's Patients

    Nov. 28, 2012 -- For many people with Parkinson's disease, depression affects quality of life more than the symptoms such as shaking, according to new research. "At least 50% of people with Parkinson's have depression," says Michael S. Okun, MD, national medical director of the National Parkinson Fo

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  7. All Kinds of Exercise May Be Good for Parkinson's

    Nov. 6, 2012 -- Exercise helps put people with Parkinson's disease on a path to better health, a new study shows. All Parkinson’s patients reach a point in their disease where they begin to have trouble walking. Typically, a person starts to lean forward as they walk, their arms move stiffly with th

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  8. Device Calms Parkinson's Tremor for 3+ Years

    June 20, 2012 -- For some people with Parkinson's disease, deep brain stimulation can have immediate and dramatic effects on tremors, rigidity, balance, and other motor symptoms. Now new research shows that these benefits may last at least three years. The findings appear online in Neurology. Deep b

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  9. Antidepressants Aid Depressed Parkinson's Patients

    April 11, 2012 -- Certain antidepressant medications can help treat depression in people with Parkinson's disease without making the symptoms of the disease worse, according to a new study. Researchers looked at two common types of antidepressant medicines in the study. They found that both improved

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  10. Berries May Contain Potent Weapon vs. Parkinson's

    April 5, 2012 -- Can two or more servings of blueberries or strawberries a week help lower risk of Parkinson's disease? Maybe, according to a new study published in Neurology. Men and women who ate berries two or more times a week were nearly 25% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease than their

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