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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Deep Brain Stimulation May Offer Lasting Benefits for Parkinson’s Disease

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- A new study shows that Parkinson’s disease patients treated with deep brain stimulation can expect the technology to control symptoms like tremors for a decade or longer, while other improvements, such as those in speech and balance, may lessen over time. Deep brain stimulation uses

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  4. Antipsychotics Used for Parkinson's Despite Warnings

    July 11, 2011 -- Doctors continue to prescribe antipsychotic drugs to their patients with Parkinson's disease and psychosis, despite "black box" warnings from the FDA linking them to increased risk of death among patients with dementia, a study shows. A black box warning is the strongest drug warnin

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  5. New Genetic Clues to Cause of Parkinson's

    June 24, 2011 -- Researchers have identified two new genetic variants linked to Parkinson's disease and say they now know how big a role heredity plays in the neurodegenerative disorder. About a dozen genetic associations with Parkinson's have been confirmed, and many more remain to be discovered, s

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  6. Parkinson's Disease May Raise Risk of Melanoma

    June 6, 2011 -- People with Parkinson's disease are at increased risk for developing melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer, a study shows. The new findings appear in Neurology. Close to 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological disease marked by tr

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  7. Group Doctor Visits May Help Parkinson’s Patients

    April 27, 2011 -- Group doctor visits may be a preferred form of care for some people with Parkinson’s disease, a study shows. The new research appears online in Neurology. Parkinson’s is a progressive movement disorder affecting nearly 1 million people in the U.S.  Group doctor visits have been sho

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  8. Treadmill Walking Improves Parkinson's Symptoms

    April 12, 2011 -- People with Parkinson’s disease who walk on a treadmill at a comfortable, low-intensity speed may be able to improve their gait and mobility, new research indicates. Such exercise may be better than walking at faster speeds for a shorter period of time or resistance training that i

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  9. People With Signs of Parkinson’s Wait to See Doctor

    April 6, 2011 -- A majority of people who experience ongoing tremors that could be an early warning sign of Parkinson’s disease say they would wait to see their doctors, according to a new survey. In a survey of 1,007 people ages 18 and older, 60% said they would wait to see their doctor if they exp

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  10. Gene Therapy May Improve Parkinson’s Symptoms

    March 16, 2011 -- An experimental gene therapy injected into the brains of patients with Parkinson’s disease improved tremor, stiffness, and other movement symptoms and was safe with few side effects over six months of follow-up, a study shows. The small study represents the first successful clinica

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