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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Brain 'Pacemaker' Treats Parkinson's

    Aug. 30, 2006 -- New research shows that the surgical procedure known as deep-brain stimulation is a more effective treatment for many patients with Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease than drug therapy alone. Patients under the age of 75 who had the surgery were better able to function physical

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  5. Nicotine Slows Parkinson's Disease

    Aug. 11, 2006 -- Nicotine protects brain cells most affected by Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease, studies in monkeys show. The findings, by Maryka Quik, PhD, and colleagues at The Parkinson's Institute in California, indicate nicotine might slow Parkinson's if given very early in the disease

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  6. Parkinson's Gene Boosts Risk 50%

    Aug. 8, 2006 -- A specific genetic mutation makes a person 50% more susceptible to Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease, an 18-nation study shows. Mayo Clinic researchers, including Demetrius M. Maraganore, MD, analyzed clinical and genetic data from 2,692 Parkinson's patients and from 2,652 age-

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  7. Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Bill

    July 20, 2006 -- President Bush used the first veto of his presidency to reject a bill from Congress that would have expanded federally funded medical research using embryonic stem cells. Bush's veto came less than a day after the Senate passed the bill 63-37. Despite the broadly bipartisan vote, th

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  8. Senate OKs Stem Cell Research Bill

    July 18, 2006 -- The Senate voted to greatly expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research Tuesday, even as lawmakers prepared for President Bush to quickly veto the measure. The White House issued an official veto threat Monday, and lawmakers and aides say they expect the president to veto t

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  9. Senate Will Debate Stem Cell Research

    July 14, 2006 -- Lawmakers are expected to support a repeal of President Bush's funding limits on embryonic stem cell research when the Senate takes up a series of bills beginning Monday. Backers of the research are expressing cautious confidence they'll succeed in passing the bill. But they also ex

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  10. FDA OKs Drug for Parkinson's Dementia

    June 28, 2006 -- The FDA approved today the drug Exelon to treat mild to moderate dementia associated with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease. It results from the gradual destruction of nerve cells in the part of the brain that controls body movem

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