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How far for a cure? A view on the hope of stem cells

Wednesday July 30, 2003

This story if from the perspective of people dealing with Parkinson’s and other related disorders that may benefit from stem cell research. It balances their religious views and their hope for the opportunities offered by science.

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Spain Approves Stem Cell Research, with Conditions

Tuesday July 29, 2003

Predominantly Catholic Spain authorized the use of embryonic stem cells for research on Friday, but said only embryos left over from fertilization treatment could be used, and only with the parents’ consent. This new policy presents researchers there with opportunities unavailable in the U.S.

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Scientists to Test Testosterone on Parkinson’s Symptoms

Tuesday July 29, 2003

University of Florida researchers will study whether giving testosterone to men with Parkinson’s disease who have low levels of the hormone will curb some symptoms of the disease.

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Can Some Parkinson’s Drugs Cause Alzheimer’s-like Symptoms?

Tuesday July 29, 2003

Some drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease might just be responsible for Alzheimer’s-like dementia in those same patients.

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Scientists to Test Testosterone on Parkinson’s Symptoms

Thursday July 17, 2003

University of Florida researchers will study whether giving testosterone to men with Parkinson’s disease who have low levels of the hormone will curb some symptoms of the disease.

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Another Stem Cell Advance

Thursday July 17, 2003

In a breakthrough with great significance for the use of stem cells in central nervous system therapies, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have found a way to make the majority of human fetal stem cells implanted into rat brains and spinal cords develop into neurons.

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The Michael J. Fox PD Cluster

Tuesday July 15, 2003

A documentary maker followed up on stories that numerous people on a television crew who worked with Michael J. Fox in the 70s ended up with Parkinson’s. Four out of a crew of 50 so far have developed PD - an extraordinarily high number.

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Alcohol Does Not Affect Risk of Parkinson’s, Study Finds

Tuesday July 15, 2003

A team of researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who drink alcohol may not be at a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than nondrinkers, based on data from 136,089 health professionals. Nor, did the study find, was the risk lessened.

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Parkinson’s Gene Implicated In Non-Familial Form Of Disease

Tuesday July 15, 2003

Mutations in a recently discovered gene can cause Parkinson’s disease in patients with no family history of the disorder, according to a report in the June 30 on-line edition of the Annals of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Neurological Association.

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Parkinson’s Gene Implicated In Non-Familial Form Of Disease

Tuesday July 08, 2003

Mutations in a recently discovered gene can cause Parkinson’s disease in patients with no family history of the disorder.

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