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New York Times: New Drug Plan Far From Cure-All, Retirees Find

Thursday June 26, 2003

The plan promised by lawmakers to alleviate the high cost of prescription drugs for seniors is falling far short, and many find the plan too complex.

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Could a Single Pill Extend Your Life?

Thursday June 26, 2003

If everyone older than 55 took a single pill containing six ingredients daily, their lives could be extended by a dozen years and their risk of heart attack or stroke could be reduced dramatically, a study suggests.

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Parkinson’s and Phobic Anxiety

Thursday June 26, 2003

Phobic anxiety increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to US researchers. Studies on anxiety in Parkinson’s disease have provided conflicting results - some have suggested that it appears after diagnosis, while others have indicated that it precedes the condition.

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Study: Increased Activity Thwarts Dementia

Tuesday June 24, 2003


Participation in leisure activities may significantly reduce the risk of developing dementia in the elderly, say US scientists. Researchers found that reading, dancing and playing board games and musical instruments were most likely to reduce the risk of dementia.

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Stem Cell Studies Continue to Raise Questions of Viability

Friday June 20, 2003

In the July issue of The Lancet Neurology, researchers from Europe and the United States take a closer look at the future of using neural transplantation as a way to treat Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. On the one hand, there is good news in that there is reason to continue to do research in this area. On the other hand, studies have not been consistent.

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6/20: Senate Votes to Allow Drug Importation From Canada

Friday June 20, 2003

For the second time in less than a year, the Senate voted overwhelmingly today to allow American pharmacists to buy prescription drugs in Canada, where they sell for less, and resell them in the United States, a procedure that many people believe will curb the price of drugs.

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Can Celebrex and Vioxx Treat PD?

Tuesday June 17, 2003

Researchers have identified a brain enzyme that might contribute to the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The good news is that arthritis drugs already on the market can block the activity of the enzyme, which means the finding could lead relatively quickly to a new Parkinson’s treatment.

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Entacapone Approved For PD

Tuesday June 17, 2003

A new drug that extends the duration of the most widely used treatment for Parkinson’s disease has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, its manufacturer says. It joins Requip and Mirapex in the ring as agonist "helpers" to levodopa.

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New York Times Op-Ed Piece: Bush’s Political Science

Friday June 13, 2003

While stem cell research remains a controversial ethical issue, understanding how it has effectively been stopped in this country is important. Stephen S. Hall has written extensively on the topic.

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Iron-Rich Diet May Raise Risk of Parkinson’s

Thursday June 12, 2003

People who consumed high levels of iron and manganese were almost twice as likely to develop the disease as those with a diet that contained lower levels of the two minerals.

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