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Read this over coffee

Thursday May 21, 2009

Coffee drinkers, rejoice! The heavenly brew, once deemed harmful to health, is turning out to be, if not quite a health food, at least a low-risk drink, and in many ways a beneficial one. It could protect against diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis and Parkinson's disease.

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Yuma rehab center helps Parkinson's patients reach goals

Thursday May 21, 2009

Since the fall of 2007, Anna Rinholen and Rosanna Ruiz have been helping local patients with Parkinson's achieve personal goals that help them get back to everyday life.

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Help for Improved Walking in Bend, Oregon: Physical Therapy Practice Now Offers State-of-the-Art Gait Training

Thursday May 21, 2009

Jennifer Brassfield, PT, DPT is a physical therapist on a mission: to help her patients with movement disorders--such as Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis--walk as normally as possible for as long as possible. That's why her physical therapy services now include Augmented-Reality Gait Training with the GaitAid Virtual Walker from MediGait LTD.

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Victorian Invention a Watchful Approach to Parkinson's

Thursday May 21, 2009

Victoria, Australia researchers have developed a wristwatch that continuously monitors the health status of people with Parkinson's disease to help doctors manage their treatment, Victorian Minister for Innovation Gavin Jennings said today.

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ANTI-DEPRESSANTS PRECEDE PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Thursday May 21, 2009

Those people taking anti-depressants were found to be nearly two times (1.85 times) more likely to develop Parkinson's Disease. The association became more than twice as likely ( 2.19 times) during the first two years after initiation of anti-depressant use.

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Minneapolis Author Publishes Life With A Battery-Operated Brain

Tuesday May 19, 2009

What would prompt someone to say "Let's stick wires into someone's brain, run voltage through them, and see what happens!"? So asks Minneapolis-based activist and author Jackie Hunt Christensen in her important new book, LIFE WITH A BATTERY-OPERATED BRAIN: A Patient's Guide to Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Parkinson's Disease. Beyond answering the "whys" that arise in considering Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery, Hunt Christensen offers her unique perspective in this comprehensive book

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New Study Uses Biomarkers to Predict Development of Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday May 14, 2009

A new two-part research study by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) will determine if people with risk factors for Parkinson’s disease (PD) have biomarkers for the disease, and if those with PD biomarkers actually develop the disease later in life. Biomarkers are objective ways to measure a disease process. They also may provide a means to track progression of the disease and to test new treatments.

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West Akron Golfer Gets Hole-in-one

Thursday May 14, 2009

For the past five years, West Akron resident George Prough has seen his ability to walk and speak diminish because of Parkinson’s disease.

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Pesticides Plus Genetics Increase Risk of Parkinson's Disease.

Thursday May 14, 2009

Exposure to commonly used agricultural pesticides may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, particularly among people who have certain gene types. The degenerative nerve disease can develop when dopamine levels in the brain are lower than normal. Without pesticide exposures, susceptible gene variants alone were not sufficient to increase risk. The increased risk to Parkinson's required both susceptible genes and pesticide exposure.

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Local’s family experience guides eldercare project

Thursday May 14, 2009

Los Altos Hills resident Linda Conover has found a new calling late in life, one born of great family stress. She is interested in baby boomers increasingly called to a new role – the “Silver Tsunami,” as she put it – of grown-up children caring for their parents.

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