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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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