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U.S. life expectancy hits high mark

Monday February 28, 2005

Average life expectancy in the United States rose to a record 77.6 years in 2003 from 77.3 years in 2002, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Parkinson’s Disease Increases Risks to Pope

Monday February 28, 2005

Parkinson’s disease may have impaired the ability of Pope John Paul II to swallow and contributed to the breathing problems that led to his tracheotomy yesterday, leading American specialists say.

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In our opinion: Halting Parkinson’s treatment has painful effects

Monday February 28, 2005

Those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease have little relief. There is no way to reverse the gradual loss of nerve cells and decline of motor function brought on by the disease.

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How Parkinson’s disease takes its toll on patients

Monday February 28, 2005

There is no known cause for Parkinson’s disease, and there is no way to cure it, but its progression is not a mystery.

In a small part of the brain called the substantia nigra are cells that help control the body’s automatic movements. The symptoms of Parkinson’s begin when most of those cells have died or been destroyed.

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IST project helps Parkinson’s sufferers to walk again

Monday February 28, 2005

Around one in twenty people that are currently paralysed as a result of Parkinson’s disease could walk again, thanks to a device developed during an EU funded Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) project.

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Not just man’s best friend -- Woman with Parkinson’s needs a new service dog to stay mobile

Monday February 28, 2005

For centuries, dog has been called man’s best friend. After all, they are loyal, protective, unceasingly happy to see their master and they provide undemanding companionship.

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Researchers find a mutation in LRRK2 gene causes Parkinson’s disease in several North American and European families

Monday February 28, 2005

Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., leading a team of researchers in the United States and Europe, have discovered that a novel mutation in the recently identified LRRK2 gene causes parkinsonism in several North American and European families. Their findings will be reported in the April edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics. The disease-causing G2019S mutation in the LRRK2 gene is the first time a genetic cause has been associated with typical, late-onset Parkinson’s disease.

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Parkinson’s hope over ’glasses’

Monday February 28, 2005

The device uses light to project images in front of the user, helping them to focus and control their movement.

Researchers at Oxford Computer Consultants are now putting the headset forward for clinical trials.

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Risks: A Hard Run From Parkinson’s

Monday February 28, 2005

Men who exercise regularly and strenuously in their early years are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease when they are older, a new study suggests.

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Exercise Halves Men’s Parkinson’s Risk Comprehensive study demonstrates protective effect of strenuous physical activi

Thursday February 24, 2005

Regular and vigorous exercise halves men’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a comprehensive new study.

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