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  1. 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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  2. Deep Brain Stimulation May Help in Parkinson's

    April 12, 2005 -- Deep brain stimulation appears to reduce uncontrolled movements in people with Parkinson's disease. Valerie Anderson, PhD, and colleagues report their findings in April's Archives of Neurology. Deep brain stimulation suppresses uncontrolled movements by using electrical impulses to

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  3. Drug May Cut Parkinson's Disease Disability

    March 10, 2005 - An experimental drug called rasagiline may reduce disability in Parkinson's disease patients. That's the indication of an international 18-week study funded by the drug's maker, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and H Lundbeck A/S. Rasagiline hasn't been approved by the FDA for the tre

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  4. Is the Pope's Parkinson's to Blame for Illness?

    Feb. 25, 2005 -- The word from the Vatican Friday was decidedly upbeat, a day after Pope John Paul II was rushed to the hospital for the second time in a month with a serious breathing problem. The 84-year-old pontiff was said to be breathing on his own with no signs of pneumonia after undergoing su

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  5. Intense Physical Activity Cuts Parkinson's Risk

    Feb. 24, 2005 -- Physical activity may lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study shows. Parkinson's disease occurs when certain nerve cells in an area of the brain (substantia nigra) die or become impaired. These cells produce a chemical known as dopamine, which helps direct and

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  6. Pope's Frail Health Due to Age, Parkinson's

    Feb. 2, 2005 -- As Pope John Paul II's condition stabilizes in a Rome hospital, millions are concerned about his overall health. The 84-year-old pope -- who was rushed to Gemelli Polyclinic around 11 p.m. Tuesday -- suffered from breathing problems following a bout of influenza. Overnight he receive

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  7. Gene Mutation Linked to Cause of Parkinson's Disease

    Jan. 18, 2005 -- A change in just one gene may affect the risk of Parkinson's disease. That could lead to genetic testing for Parkinson's, say scientists. The gene in question is the LRRK2 gene. It's the topic of three studies in the Jan. 18 online edition of The Lancet. A single mutation in the LRR

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  8. Cutting Calories May Cut Parkinson's Risk

    Dec. 13, 2004 -- Cutting back on calories may help protect against Parkinson's disease over the long run, according to a study in animals. Researchers say the study suggests that calorie restriction may lessen the natural loss of dopamine that occurs with age and may reduce the risk of developing Pa

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  9. Tracking Dementia in Parkinson's Disease

    Dec. 13, 2004 -- Parkinson's disease patients with dementia can lose their mental abilities at almost the same rate as people with Alzheimer's disease, say Norwegian researchers. Parkinson's disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include t

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  10. L-Dopa Doesn't Hasten Parkinson's Disease

    Dec. 7, 2004 -- A new study helps put to rest worries that the drug L-dopa might speed Parkinson's disease. L-dopa is the gold standard treatment for Parkinson's disease. It helps reduce many of the disease's most troubling symptoms: trembling, slow motion, rigidity, unstable posture, and frozen gai

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