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  1. 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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  2. Low Vitamin D Levels Seen in Parkinson's Patients

    March 14, 2011 -- A study of newly diagnosed patients with Parkinson’s disease found a high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency, but vitamin D levels did not continue to decline as the disease progressed. The research is one of several studies suggesting a link between low vitamin D levels and Par

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  3. Ibuprofen May Lower Risk of Parkinson's Disease

    March 2, 2011 -- People who regularly take the painkiller ibuprofen appear to have a modestly reduced risk of getting Parkinson’s disease, a new study shows. For the study, which followed more than 130,000 people for six years, those who reported using ibuprofen at least twice weekly had a more than

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  4. Berries May Ward Off Parkinson’s Disease

    Feb. 14, 2011 -- Incorporating berries and other fruits in your diet may pay off by reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease. A new study shows men who ate the most foods rich in a group of antioxidants known as flavonoids were 35% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those who ate the le

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  5. New Genetic Clues to Parkinson’s Disease

    Feb. 1, 2011 -- A new set of genetic variants has been implicated in the search for genetic risk factors that could lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers say six genetic factors that apparently affect the neurological disease have been previously identified. But in a new study,

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  6. Guidelines on Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s

    Oct. 15, 2010 -- More than 50 experts on the use of deep brain stimulation for treatment of tremors and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease have reached general agreement on when the surgical procedure should be considered and which patients might reap most benefits, a new report says. The report,

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  7. Parkinson's: Later Diagnosis, Earlier Death

    Oct. 4, 2010 -- Parkinson’s disease is not considered fatal, but people with Parkinson’s have a shorter life expectancy than the general population. Now new research provides clues as to why some patients die sooner than others. Researchers in Denmark closely followed the disease progression of more

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  8. Multitasking Adds to Parkinson’s Fall Risk

    Sept. 30, 2010 -- Older adults with Parkinson’s disease as well as those without neurological problems are at increased risk of injury-causing falls when walking and talking at the same time, a study shows. Researchers at Florida State University say Parkinson’s disease alters gait, stride length, a

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  9. Vitamin D May Lower Parkinson's Risk

    July 13, 2010 -- Higher levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a new study suggests. The finding builds on previous research linking low vitamin D levels to Parkinson’s, and could mean that getting more sunlight and assuring an adequate dietary intake of vitamin D

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  10. Tests Predict Falls in Parkinson's Patients

    June 23, 2010 -- Basic, simple tests can help predict which Parkinson’s disease patients are most likely to fall, leading to injury, reduced mobility, and a higher probability of nursing home care, a new study finds. Australian researchers say people with Parkinson’s disease who have balance problem

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