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Study links bats, Parkinson’s in Guam

Friday November 21, 2003

HONOLULU -- Bats with a wingspan of up to four feet, boiled in coconut cream and eaten whole, are linked to the exceptionally high rate of a form of Parkinson’s disease on Guam, a new scientific study confirms

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Major New Finding on Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease

Friday November 21, 2003

Scientists investigating a rare familial form of early-onset Parkinson’s disease have discovered that too much of a normal form of the á-synuclein gene may cause Parkinson’s disease. The finding, reported in the October 31, 2003, issue of Science, shows that abnormal multiplication of the á-synuclein gene can cause the disease

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DBS Surgery Benefit for Parkinson’s has Lasting Effect

Thursday November 20, 2003

DBS surgery has been around long enough now - about five years - to begin to see the long term effects. It is clear that it remains effective at lessening symptoms, though the PD does continue to progress. And cognitive function issues are emerging in some patients.

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Parkinson’s patient relies on medication to stay alive

Wednesday November 19, 2003

This article is about the challenges of younger onset PD, about the poor state of our insurance system, and about Medicare. It’s also about a friend of ours - Dennis Wright has been involved with the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation since we first talked about creating this organization. He’s a great advocate for the cause.

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More stem cell lines grown in push to sidestep Bush administration policy

Saturday November 15, 2003

A Harvard researcher has quietly grown a massive new batch of human embryonic stem cells for research, the most dramatic achievement to date in a burgeoning international movement to circumvent restrictions on stem cell science set by the Bush administration and other governments.

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First Study Of Alzheimer’s Caregivers And End-of-Life

Thursday November 13, 2003

Home caregivers showed rapid recuperation from depression within 3 months of the death of their demented relatives and the improvements continued for a year, according to the first detailed study of caregivers and the end of life. The findings, reported in the November 13, 2003, "New England Journal of Medicine", are based on data from REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health), a 5-year, multi-site initiative investigating interventions to support family caregivers.

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Pesticides Attack Same Cellular Targets as Rotenone - Already Implicated in Parkinson’s disease

Thursday November 13, 2003

Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have found in laboratory experiments that several commonly used pesticides are just as toxic or even more toxic to the mitochondria of cells than the pesticide rotenone, which already has been implicated in the development of Parkinson’s disease. The Emory neurologists, led by Tim Greenamyre, MD, PhD and Todd B. Sherer, PhD, will present the results of their comparative research with pesticides at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 8.

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Bush’s Hypocritical Stem Cell Stance

Thursday November 06, 2003

Conservatives wonder why so many liberals don’t just disagree with President Bush’s policies but seem to dislike him personally. The story of stem cell research may help to explain.

Two years ago, Bush announced an unexpectedly restrictive policy on the use of stem cells from human embryos in federally funded medical research. Because federal funding plays such a large role, the government more or less sets the rules for major medical research

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Research cuts draw opposition

Thursday November 06, 2003

At a University symposium Monday, advocates of stem-cell research said President Bush’s decrease in medical research funding could be disastrous to efforts to cure diseases like Parkinson’s disease.

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Icelandic Company Says it has Found Osteoporosis Gene

Monday November 03, 2003

While osteoporosis may not appear to be directly related to Parkinson’s, the research technique is. This is an exciting development in the fast-moving field of genetic research. Understanding the very root of an affliction in the body will offer a pinpoint target for cure efforts.

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