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Parkinson’s Gene Reveals Its Secrets

Wednesday November 22, 2006

Scientists say they’ve discovered how a gene mutation linked to an inherited form of Parkinson’s disease damages the brain.
The LRRK2 gene produces malfunctioning proteins that stunt the normal growth and branching of dopamine-producing neurons, which eventually causes them to die, concludes the Columbia University study.

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Governor’s Conference brings together 650 United to fight Parkinson’s

Wednesday November 22, 2006

A crowd of 650 Parkinson’s patients, caregivers, friends, clinicians, researchers, advocates and others joined together for the first Governors Conference on Parkinson’s, a partnership of the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and the Washington chapter of the national American Parkinson Disease Association.

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Election outcome boosts embryonic stem cell work

Thursday November 16, 2006

The religious protesters are gone and expansion plans are back on track at a top Kansas City stem-cell research lab after Missouri voters endorsed the controversial field in last week’s elections.

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Michael J. Fox Now Targets President Bush on Stem Cell Research

Thursday November 16, 2006

Michael J. Fox, the actor who was heavily criticized for his misleading television commercials, has now set his sights on President Bush. In comments on a television program over the weekend, Fox said he hopes the president will change his mind on forcing taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research.
"Now that the dust of the election is beginning to settle," Fox said he thanked candidates who were receptive to his message but indicated he is turning his attention to Bush.

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OHSU Parkinson Center Of Oregon Launches Pilates Class - Exercise Method Helps Flexibility, Mobility

Thursday November 16, 2006

John White of Corvallis would like a weekend off from Parkinson’s disease. White, 55, a retired high school science teacher, knows that won’t happen anytime soon. In the meantime, White gets relief from the rigidity caused by Parkinson’s through Pilates, an exercise method invented in the early 20th century that emphasizes a connection between body, mind and spirit in exercises focusing on breathing, side bending, and extension, rotation and flexing of the spine.

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Protecting Neurons from Parkinson’s

Thursday November 16, 2006

MIT researchers led by Susan Lindquist, a biology professor and member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, have developed a way to protect neurons from degeneration and death in animal studies of Parkinson’s disease. The research, which focused on a protein called alpha-synuclein, could lead to therapies for human Parkinson’s.

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Oxford Biomedica presents encouraging data for Parkinson’s treatment

Thursday November 16, 2006

Oxford Biomedica has made available preclinical efficacy data, which suggests that gene-based product could have significant efficacy for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease when compared to current treatment methods.

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Protein ’wires’ common in Parkinson’s disease now shown in the lab

Thursday November 16, 2006

The misfolding of proteins in brain cells, commonly seen in Parkinson’s Disease, can be imitated in a laboratory setting very well, on a nanoscale. The fibrils, tiny ‘wires’, formed by proteins present in healthy brain cells, are thus shown to be different from the mutant proteins, only seen in patients suffering from an hereditary form of Parkinson.
Scientists Martijn van Raaij, Ine Segers-Nolten and Vinod Subramaniam of the University of Twente show these clear differences in their publication in Biophysical Journal of this week. Comparable fibrils could play a role in other neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer and Creutzfeld Jakob.

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FOX STUNNED BY PARKINSON’S DISEASE DIAGNOSIS

Thursday November 09, 2006

BACK TO THE FUTURE star MICHAEL J FOX was so staggered when he was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 29, he didn’t really understand what his doctor was talking about. The actor knew something was amiss because he had an annoying "twitch" but he had no idea he was about to receive the news that would devastate his life.

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Fox shows full effects of Parkinson’s disease on TV

Thursday November 09, 2006

Movie star Michael J. Fox showed the full extent of how his Parkinson’s Disease medication affects his speech and movement on TV Thursday night when he sat for an hour-long interview with talk show host Donnie Deutsch, reports sfgate.com.

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