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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. BP Drug May Curb Parkinson's Disease

    June 11, 2007 -- A drug used to treat high blood pressure may help prevent and treat Parkinson's disease. A new study shows that the calcium-channel blocker DynaCirc may curb Parkinson's disease by making old brain cells act like younger versions of themselves. The study was conducted in mice, not p

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  4. Pesticides: A Link to Parkinson's?

    May 30, 2007 -- Boxing and agricultural work seemingly have little in common, but new research suggests both occupations are linked to an increased risk for Parkinson's disease. The findings add to the evidence implicating pesticide exposure and repeated head trauma as likely contributors to Parkins

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  5. FDA Approves 1st Parkinson's Patch

    May 9, 2007 -- The FDA today announced the approval of Neupro, the first skin patch designed to treat symptoms of early Parkinson's disease. In a healthy brain, certain brain cells produce a chemical called dopamine, which helps the brain coordinate the body's movements. In Parkinson's disease, dopa

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  6. Depression Before Parkinson's Disease?

    April 27, 2007 -- Depression may sometimes precede Parkinson's disease, a new study shows. The researchers -- who included Miguel Hernan, MD, DrPH, of the Harvard School of Public Health -- used a medical database of more than 3 million people in the U.K. The researchers compared data on 1,052 Parki

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  7. Exercise May Help Prevent Parkinson's

    April 23, 2007 -- People who exercise regularly may be less likely to develop Parkinson's disease -- but leisurely strolls may not be enough. That news comes from a study of more than 143,300 U.S. men and women who were followed from 1992-2001. When the study started, participants were 63 years old,

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  8. Senate Passes New Stem Cell Bill

    April 11, 2007 -- The Senate voted Wednesday to repeal the Bush administration's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, marking the second time in less than a year Congress has voted by wide bipartisan margins to reverse the president. President Bush vetoed the bill last year and threatened T

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  9. Study: Less Parkinson's in Smokers

    April 9, 2007 -- A study of families with Parkinson's disease shows that smoking and caffeine use protect against the deadly brain disorder. Previous studies suggested that people with Parkinson's disease are more likely than other people to be smokers and coffee drinkers. To see if this is true, Da

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  10. 24-Hour Parkinson’s Drug Cuts Symptoms

    April 4, 2007 -- A new 24-hour form of the Parkinson’s drug Requip may provide longer-lasting relief from symptoms and reduce the need for other drugs to control the disease. A new study shows the longer-acting version of Requip reduced by more than two hours the daily “off time” Parkinson’s patient

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