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  1. 24-Hour Parkinson’s Drug Cuts Symptoms

    April 4, 2007 -- A new 24-hour form of the Parkinson’s drug Requip may provide longer-lasting relief from symptoms and reduce the need for other drugs to control the disease. A new study shows the longer-acting version of Requip reduced by more than two hours the daily “off time” Parkinson’s patient

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  2. Parkinson's Drug Taken Off Market

    March 29, 2007 -- The FDA today announced that the Parkinson's disease drug Permax and its generic versions (pergolide) are being voluntarily taken off the U.S. market because of the risk of serious damage to the heart's valves. Pergolide, approved by the FDA in 1988, already carried a "black box" w

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  3. Epilepsy Drug May Treat Parkinson's

    Jan. 4, 2007 -- The epilepsy drug zonisamide may help curb the tremors and other movement problems of Parkinson's, a Japanese study shows. Zonisamide is sold in the U.S. generically and under the brand name Zonegran. In Parkinson's disease , the brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that helps

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  4. Parkinson's Patch Nears U.S. Approval

    Jan. 3, 2007 -- A once-a-day patch is a safe and effective treatment for early Parkinson's disease , a clinical trial shows. Transdermal rotigotine is the patch's scientific name. Under the brand name Neupro, it's already sold in Europe by manufacturer Schwarz Pharma. Study leader Ray L. Watts, MD,

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  5. Parkinson's Drugs: Heart Damage Link?

    Jan. 3, 2007 -- Two drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease appear to increase the risk of heart valve disease, according to new research that also raises safety questions about similar-acting drugs. The drugs pergolide, marketed as Permax, and cabergoline, sold as Dostinex, were associat

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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