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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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