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  1. 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 move

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  2. New Pathway Implicated in Parkinson's

    June 22, 2006 -- A new discovery about a biological pathway involved in Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease may lead to improved treatments that could potentially reverse the course of the devastating disease. A new study shows that the reason certain proteins associated with Parkinson's disease

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  3. Pesticide Use Ups Parkinson's in Men

    June 15, 2006 -- Pesticides up Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease risk -- but only in men, a new study suggests. Using chemicals to kill bugs or weeds -- either at work or at home -- more than doubled men's risk of getting Parkinson's disease. But these pesticides did not change women's risk of

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  4. Infant Formula, Parkinson's Tie Probed

    June 15, 2006 -- Early research in mice shows that being fed iron-fortified formula in infancy may increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease Parkinson's disease late in life. In the study, newborn mice exposed to dietary iron levels similar to those found in infant formula showed evidence

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  5. New Leads in Slowing Parkinson's

    Feb. 24, 2006 -- A new study shows that two compounds -- creatine and minocycline -- might deserve more research to see if they slow down Parkinson's disease. However, the researchers stress that they haven't shown that either compound is safe or effective in treating Parkinson's disease. "This stud

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  6. Eye Cell Implants Help Parkinson's

    Dec. 12, 2005 -- Implants of human retina cells may help soothe shaking and improve movement in people with advanced Parkinson's disease. A new study shows the implants improved motor symptoms, such as muscle rigidity and tremors, by 48% one year after treatment, and those improvements were sustaine

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  7. More Education, More Parkinson's Risk

    Nov. 21, 2005 -- There may be a strange connection between Parkinson's disease and high academic achievers, a new study shows. The findings may have been enough for Roberta Frigerio, MD, and colleagues to do a double take. The highly educated group found that Parkinson's is more common among people

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  8. Environmental Toxins Linked to Parkinson's

    Sept. 7, 2005 -- Exposure to certain chemicals found in pesticides and herbicides may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease in people with a family history of the disease, according to a new study. Researchers say the findings support evidence of a possible link between environmental toxins and P

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  9. Parkinson's Drugs May Cause Sleep Attacks

    Aug. 29, 2005 - A group of drugs commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease may cause sudden sleep attacks in about one in five people who take them, according to a new study. Researchers found 22% of people with Parkinson's disease treated with drugs that include Mirapex, Requip, or Permax reported

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  10. 'Ecstasy' Drug May Yield New Parkinson's Drugs

    Aug. 1, 2005 -- Amphetamines -- especially the drug known as ecstasy -- may prompt new Parkinson's treatments, based on tests done on mice. The researchers certainly don't recommend ecstasy for people with Parkinson's. The tests were done on mice, not people, and ecstasy can be dangerous for the bra

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