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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Parkinson's Drug Taken Off Market

    March 29, 2007 -- The FDA today announced that the Parkinson's disease drug Permax and its generic versions (pergolide) are being voluntarily taken off the U.S. market because of the risk of serious damage to the heart's valves. Pergolide, approved by the FDA in 1988, already carried a "black box" w

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  9. Epilepsy Drug May Treat Parkinson's

    Jan. 4, 2007 -- The epilepsy drug zonisamide may help curb the tremors and other movement problems of Parkinson's, a Japanese study shows. Zonisamide is sold in the U.S. generically and under the brand name Zonegran. In Parkinson's disease , the brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that helps

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  10. Parkinson's Drugs: Heart Damage Link?

    Jan. 3, 2007 -- Two drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease appear to increase the risk of heart valve disease, according to new research that also raises safety questions about similar-acting drugs. The drugs pergolide, marketed as Permax, and cabergoline, sold as Dostinex, were associat

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