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  1. Gamma Knife Relieves Uncontrollable Tremors

    Nov. 3, 2009 (Chicago) -- A high-tech procedure that delivers radiation deep within the brain relieved uncontrollable shaking and tremors in more than 80% of patients in whom it was tested. The procedure uses a gamma knife to target brain cells that work overtime in people with tremors, says Rufus M

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  2. Mutant Gene Raises Risk of Parkinson's

    Oct. 21, 2009 -- A clue from a rare disease has led to the discovery of gene mutations that increase risk of Parkinson's disease fivefold. People with Gaucher's disease have a defective GBA gene. Doctors studying the rare, inherited illness noticed that these patients are at increased risk of the mu

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  3. Can Early Treatment With Azilect Slow Parkinson's?

    Sept. 23, 2009 -- A study suggests that the drug Azilect may slow Parkinson's if started early in the disease, but contradictory data fog the study findings. The brains of patients with Parkinson's disease are starved for dopamine. Azilect, a drug approved for Parkinson's treatment, slows the breakd

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  4. Hormones May Play a Role in Parkinson's

    Feb. 25, 2009 -- Women who are fertile for more than 39 years and have natural menopause have a reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a new study, while women with four or more pregnancies have a higher risk. Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder that results in slowness

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  5. Brain Device May Ease Parkinson's

    Jan. 6, 2009 -- Deep brain stimulation may be more helpful than other treatments for advanced Parkinson's disease, but it's also riskier, a new study shows. Deep brain stimulation requires the surgical implantation of electrodes and a device in the brain in order to electrically stimulate certain br

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  6. Low Vitamin D Level Tied to Parkinson's

    Oct. 13, 2008 -- Parkinson's disease patients may be particularly likely to have low blood levels of vitamin D. Researchers report that news in the Archives of Neurology. They studied 100 Parkinson's disease patients, 100 Alzheimer's disease patients, and 100 healthy adults of the same age as the Pa

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  7. Pain Shows Up as Parkinson's Sets In

    Sept. 8, 2008 -- Parkinson's disease has no known cure, although it is treated with several medicines. The movement disorder takes its time developing; it can go unnoticed for years, or show up initially as just a small shaking in your hand. New research shows that another thing to look for as Parki

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  8. Sense of Smell May Predict Parkinson's

    March 21, 2008 -- A poor sense of smell may help predict Parkinson's disease in elderly men, according to a new study. The study included 2,267 men of Japanese ancestry living in Hawaii and enrolled in a long-term health study. The men took a smell test in the early to mid-1990s, when they were near

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  9. Test IDs Parkinson's

    March 14, 2008 -- A "metabolomic" profile of 1,860 molecules in the blood identifies people with Parkinson's disease. With further refinement and validation, the technique could become the first test for Parkinson's disease. That would be a big boost for doctors, who need a test to diagnose and trac

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  10. Omega-3 Fatty Acids vs. Parkinson's?

    Nov. 30, 2007 -- The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids may include trimming the chance of developing Parkinson's disease. A new Canadian study shows that mice that eat chow laced with omega-3 fatty acids may have better brain defenses against Parkinson's disease. Not familiar with omega-3 fatty acids?

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