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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. New Blood Test for Parkinson's Studied

    Feb. 22, 2012 -- An experimental blood test for Parkinson's disease is more than 90% accurate in diagnosing the progressive disorder that affects movement and balance, according to its developers. The test requires a single drop of blood, says Robert Nagele, PhD, a professor of medicine at the Unive

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  8. Weight Training Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms

    Feb 16, 2012 -- Weight training twice a week may reduce the stiffness, slowness, and tremors often seen in people with Parkinson’s disease, a new study shows. A progressive neurologic disease, Parkinson’s affects up to 1 million people in the U.S. Symptoms include tremors and difficulty with movemen

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  9. Tai Chi Improves Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Tai chi, a type of exercise that guides the body through gentle, flowing poses, may help some of the worst physical problems of Parkinson’s disease, a new study shows. If further studies confirm the findings, experts say it appears that tai chi might be an effective therapy for impro

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  10. Parkinson's Patients Do Best if Treated by Neurologist

    Aug. 10, 2011 -- People with Parkinson's disease may live longer if treated by a neurologist, a new study suggests. The study also found that Parkinson's patients who see a neurologist are less likely to be placed in a nursing home and less likely to break a hip. The study is published in Neurology.

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