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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. New Look at Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's

    June 3, 2010 -- A comparison of two types of deep brain stimulation shows they are equally effective in improving motor function in Parkinson's disease patients. Deep brain stimulation involves surgically implanting a device that sends electrical impulses to certain sections of the brain. These elec

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  6. Brain ‘Pacemaker' Beneficial for Parkinson's

    April 28, 2010 -- Deep brain stimulation offers a clear benefit to patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease in terms of symptom control and quality of life, but as with any surgery, the procedure is not without risks, new research confirms. The study is the second major trial in a little over a ye

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  7. Treating Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson's

    March 15, 2010 -- The American Academy of Neurology has issued new guidelines outlining what it says are the most effective treatments for non-motor symptoms common in people with Parkinson’s disease. These include sleep disturbances, fatigue, constipation, and sexual problems, which the AAN says ar

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  8. Ibuprofen May Reduce Risk of Parkinson's

    Feb. 17, 2010 -- People who take ibuprofen may be nearly 40% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Researchers found the pain reliever was the only one in the popular class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) studied that had any effect on risk of Parkins

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  9. Gamma Knife Relieves Uncontrollable Tremors

    Nov. 3, 2009 (Chicago) -- A high-tech procedure that delivers radiation deep within the brain relieved uncontrollable shaking and tremors in more than 80% of patients in whom it was tested. The procedure uses a gamma knife to target brain cells that work overtime in people with tremors, says Rufus M

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  10. Mutant Gene Raises Risk of Parkinson's

    Oct. 21, 2009 -- A clue from a rare disease has led to the discovery of gene mutations that increase risk of Parkinson's disease fivefold. People with Gaucher's disease have a defective GBA gene. Doctors studying the rare, inherited illness noticed that these patients are at increased risk of the mu

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