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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Can Early Treatment With Azilect Slow Parkinson's?

    Sept. 23, 2009 -- A study suggests that the drug Azilect may slow Parkinson's if started early in the disease, but contradictory data fog the study findings. The brains of patients with Parkinson's disease are starved for dopamine. Azilect, a drug approved for Parkinson's treatment, slows the breakd

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  9. Hormones May Play a Role in Parkinson's

    Feb. 25, 2009 -- Women who are fertile for more than 39 years and have natural menopause have a reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new study, while women with four or more pregnancies have a higher risk. Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder that results in slowness

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  10. Brain Device May Ease Parkinson's

    Jan. 6, 2009 -- Deep brain stimulation may be more helpful than other treatments for advanced Parkinson's disease, but it's also riskier, a new study shows. Deep brain stimulation requires the surgical implantation of electrodes and a device in the brain in order to electrically stimulate certain br

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