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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Parkinson's Patch Nears U.S. Approval

    Jan. 3, 2007 -- A once-a-day patch is a safe and effective treatment for early Parkinson's disease , a clinical trial shows. Transdermal rotigotine is the patch's scientific name. Under the brand name Neupro, it's already sold in Europe by manufacturer Schwarz Pharma. Study leader Ray L. Watts, MD,

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  7. 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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  8. Michael J. Fox Ad: Parkinson's Debate

    Oct. 25, 2006 - When actor Michael J. Fox appeared in a TV political ad supporting stem cell research, a flurry of controversy erupted around his Parkinson's disease symptoms. Was he exaggerating, as one radio commentator suggested? Many people don't realize how severe Parkinson's disease can be. Th

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  9. Parkinson's Gene Therapy Seems to Work

    Oct. 17, 2006 -- It's been three years since Nathan Klein was the first person to get an experimental gene therapy for Parkinson's disease infused into his brain. "Before the operation, I was a quivering mass of flesh," Klein, 58, tells WebMD. "With my medications, I am like 80% or 90% better. I am

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  10. A Way to Slow Parkinson's?

    Sept. 12, 2006 -- Blocking a specific form of a brain chemical slows brain cell loss in an animal model of Parkinson's disease, Texas researchers report. In the animal model, the researchers found they could slow the death of affected brain cells by about half by blocking the chemical, called solubl

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