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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. '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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  4. Frist Backs Funding of Stem Cell Research

    July 29, 2005 -- In a surprise move Friday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he will back efforts to reverse President Bush's policy restricting federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Frist (R-Tenn.) shocked conservatives and delighted research advocates when he rose on the Senate f

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  5. Report Ties Parkinson's Drugs to Gambling

    July 12, 2005 -- Mayo Clinic doctors report that certain drugs for Parkinson's disease may have a rare side effect: problem gambling. M. Leann Dodd, MD, and colleagues outline the possible connection in the Archives of Neurology. "Pathological gambling is a rare potential complication related to tre

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  6. Drug May Reverse Parkinson's Brain Damage

    July 5, 2005 -- An experimental drug may be able to reverse the course of Parkinson's disease in the brain, according to a preliminary report. An analysis of the brain of a man who took the experimental drug called GDNF (glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor) showed regrowth of the nerve fiber

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  7. Small Step Made Toward Parkinson's Vaccine

    June 15, 2005 -- Researchers have made progress in the effort to create a vaccine against Parkinson's disease. The strides were seen in tests on mice. It's not known if years of additional research will eventually help prevent or cure the disease in people. Still, "this shows the first demonstration

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  8. Study Probes Deep Brain Stimulation Failures

    June 13, 2005 - A new report about deep brain stimulation deep brain stimulation failures shows complications from the procedure may be avoidable. The report in the Archives of Neurology does not dismiss deep brain stimulation, an FDA-approved treatment for Parkinson's disease, Parkinson's disease,

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  9. Pessimism and Anxiety Linked to Parkinson's

    April 13, 2005 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- Do you always look on the dark side of life? Or fret about things no one else even thinks about? If so, here's something new to worry about: Pessimistic and anxious personalities are associated with the development of Parkinson's disease years down the road, res

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  10. Ibuprofen May Protect Against Parkinson's

    April 14, 2005 (Miami Beach, Fla.) -- In the latest study to suggest that anti-inflammatory drugs may protect against brain disorders, researchers have found that regular use of ibuprofen may lower a person's risk of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease. But the findings are still preliminary an

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