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  1. 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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  2. Low Vitamin D Level Tied to Parkinson's

    Oct. 13, 2008 -- Parkinson's disease patients may be particularly likely to have low blood levels of vitamin D. Researchers report that news in the Archives of Neurology. They studied 100 Parkinson's disease patients, 100 Alzheimer's disease patients, and 100 healthy adults of the same age as the Pa

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  3. Pain Shows Up as Parkinson's Sets In

    Sept. 8, 2008 -- Parkinson's disease has no known cure, although it is treated with several medicines. The movement disorder takes its time developing; it can go unnoticed for years, or show up initially as just a small shaking in your hand. New research shows that another thing to look for as Parki

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  4. Sense of Smell May Predict Parkinson's

    March 21, 2008 -- A poor sense of smell may help predict Parkinson's disease in elderly men, according to a new study. The study included 2,267 men of Japanese ancestry living in Hawaii and enrolled in a long-term health study. The men took a smell test in the early to mid-1990s, when they were near

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  5. Test IDs Parkinson's

    March 14, 2008 -- A "metabolomic" profile of 1,860 molecules in the blood identifies people with Parkinson's disease. With further refinement and validation, the technique could become the first test for Parkinson's disease. That would be a big boost for doctors, who need a test to diagnose and trac

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  6. Omega-3 Fatty Acids vs. Parkinson's?

    Nov. 30, 2007 -- The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids may include trimming the chance of developing Parkinson's disease. A new Canadian study shows that mice that eat chow laced with omega-3 fatty acids may have better brain defenses against Parkinson's disease. Not familiar with omega-3 fatty acids?

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  7. Can Painkillers Prevent Parkinson's?

    Nov. 5, 2007 -- Frequent users of over-the-counter pain pills such as ibuprofen have a lower risk of Parkinson's disease, UCLA researchers find. The finding supports earlier studies suggesting that inflammation-fighting drugs prevent Parkinson's disease -- and maybe other neurodegenerative diseases,

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  8. Gene May Boost Parkinson's Before Age 50

    Sept. 17, 2007 -- Scientists have a new gene clue about why some people develop Parkinson's disease before age 50. Researchers report that certain mutations in the GBA gene are linked to the early onset of Parkinson's disease. That doesn't mean that everyone with those mutations develops Parkinson's

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  9. Depression Common in Parkinson's

    July 11, 2007 -- Parkinson's disease and depression often go together, and depression is often untreated in Parkinson's patients, a new study shows. Doctors and patients may mistake depression symptoms as part of Parkinson's disease, note the researchers. They included Barnard Ravina, MD, MSCE, of t

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  10. Silver Lining for Parkinson's Disease

    June 21, 2007 - A gene therapy for Parkinson's disease does no harm and may help, paving the way for a clinical trial that could revolutionize treatment, a small new study shows. There's evidence that the treatment works -- including the testimonial of Nathan Klein, the first patient to receive the

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