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Parkinson’s Disease And Genetics

Friday September 29, 2006

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they have finished the preliminary work in understanding the role of genetics in Parkinson’s disease. The study is far from complete, but it is designed to act as a starting point for future detailed studies.

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Insight Into Parkinson’s Disease May Be Offered By A Laser Probe Of A Brain Pigment’s Anatomy

Friday September 29, 2006

In a finding that may offer clues about Parkinson’s disease, a team led by Duke University researchers used a sophisticated laser system to gain evidence that a dark brown pigment that accumulates in people’s brains consists of layers of two other pigments commonly found in hair.

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New Coenzyme Q10 Research

Friday September 29, 2006

Results of the first placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial of the compound coenzyme Q10 suggest that it can slow disease progression in patients with early-stage Parkinson’s disease (PD). While the results must be confirmed in a larger study, they provide hope that this compound may ultimately provide a new way of treating PD.

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Pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s disease

Friday September 29, 2006

Past exposure to low levels of pesticides that linger in the environment might accelerate the development of Parkinson’s disease, putting boomers and millions of other aging Americans at risk of getting the brain disease earlier in life.

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Clinical trial news: Gathering data on Parkinson’s patients in their homes

Friday September 29, 2006

Scientists studying early-stage Parkinson’s disease are lacking one important resource: patient volunteers. So a group of doctors led by Christopher Goetz, director of movement disorders at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, is testing the feasibility of gathering data on patients in their own homes. With the help of an Internet connection and a computerized device he helped develop with Intel Corp., Goetz hopes to collect an "immense amount of data" on the course of the disease in a non-time-consuming and noninvasive manner.

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Parkinson’s Sufferers Get Their Groove Back Through Dance

Friday September 29, 2006

Nine years ago, Neesemann received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, a chronic, progressive brain disorder that inhibits muscle coordination. The disease causes shaking limbs, slowness of movement, stiff joints and poor balance. Patients often develop depression. But studies have shown that keeping active alleviates symptoms.

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Pre-clinical study finds Parkinson’s cell death blocked by stopping inflammatory factor

Thursday September 21, 2006

Blocking one of the body’s natural inflammatory factors gives substantial protection against cell death in the brain associated with Parkinson’s disease, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in a study on rats.

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A Way to Slow Parkinson’s?

Thursday September 21, 2006

Blocking a specific form of a brain chemical slows brain cell loss in an animal model of Parkinson’s disease, Texas researchers report.

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Acupuncture can help treat effects of Parkinson’s disease: Seoul professors

Thursday September 21, 2006

Acupuncture works in treating motor disorders caused by Parkinson’s disease, a team of South Korean professors of Oriental medicine claimed Wednesday.

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Pesticide Exposure May Accelerate Onset Of Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday September 21, 2006

Pesticide exposure may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, says a study done by researchers at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; although pesticides are banned, they are still present in the environment.

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