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Using Dating Site Algorithms To Fight Parkinson’s

Tuesday December 11, 2012

Since its establishment in 2000, the Michael J. Fox Foundation has become one of America’s best known health advocacy organizations. By leveraging Fox’s considerable name recognition and public goodwill into funding for experimental Parkinson’s Disease research, the organization has made inroads towards subsidizing cutting-edge treatments.

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Parkinson's, What Do We Really Know?

Tuesday December 11, 2012

This summer, Bob Hoskins became the latest member to join a small but select group of high profile figures - including Michael J Fox and Muhammad Ali - to be diagnosed with Parkinson's.

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New finding could help Parkinson's patients

Tuesday December 11, 2012

In tests with laboratory animals, the Swedish scientists managed to stop the movements completely, having identified the area of the brain where the debilitating movements are activated as a side effect of the medication L-dopa.

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Coping with the Holidays

Tuesday December 11, 2012

How did you do during the recent holiday period? I hope you all had a wonderful, peaceful holiday season. I truly hope that the mental and physical challenges of caregiving combined with the many preparations necessary for the holidays did not leave you feeling overwhelmed and unable to enjoy the family time.

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4 Morning Tips for a Calm and Joyful Day!

Friday December 07, 2012

How we start the morning often sets the stage for how the rest of the day unfolds. Of course life throws us curve balls in the middle of the day, maybe you get a stressful email or someone rear ends you with their car or you lost that deal that you were looking forward to. Anything can happen in the present moment, but how we start our day can often affect how we greet those challenges.

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Stem cell transplant boosts function slightly in Parkinson's monkeys

Tuesday December 04, 2012

In a small but hopeful step for researchers working on therapies to treat Parkinson’s disease, a team in Japan has used stem cells harvested from bone marrow to restore function in monkeys with the debilitating condition.

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Novel Antibodies for Combating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Tuesday December 04, 2012

The onset of these devastating diseases is associated with the inappropriate clumping of proteins into particles that are harmful to cells in the brain (Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease) and pancreas (Type 2 diabetes). Antibodies, which are commonly used by the immune system to target foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses, are promising weapons for preventing the formation of toxic protein particles. A limitation of conventional antibodies, however, is that high concentrations are required to completely inhibit the formation of toxic protein particles in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and otther disorders.

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Promising drug slows down progression of Parkinson`s disease

Tuesday December 04, 2012

Washington: Parkinson’s patients treated with the experimental drug GM1 ganglioside showed improved symptoms during a two and a half-year trial, according to Thomas Jefferson University researchers.

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Depression Takes a Toll on Parkinson's Patients

Tuesday December 04, 2012

For many people with Parkinson's disease, depression affects quality of life more than the symptoms such as shaking, according to new research.

"At least 50% of people with Parkinson's have depression," says Michael S. Okun, MD, national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation and professor of neurology at the Center for Movement Disorders at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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Pesticides can trigger Parkinson's disease

Tuesday December 04, 2012

Publishing their findings in the journal "Nature Scientific Reports," the scientists showed how the poison rotenone caused and exacerbated Parkinson's.

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