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Memory gene discovery holds promise for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s cure

Thursday October 26, 2006

In what is being termed as a breakthrough in medical science, the discovery of a gene linked to human memory may pave the way for developing new medicines for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Gene therapy Beneficial in Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday October 26, 2006

The initial studies of human gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease has given the green signal to technique showing it to safe, and useful in reducing symptoms for patients, according to the reports of two groups of researchers.

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Parkinson’s disease also affects patient’s sense of touch and vision

Thursday October 26, 2006

Although Parkinson’s disease (PD) is most commonly understood as a movement disorder, scientists have found that the disease also causes widespread abnormalities in touch and vision Ð effects.

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Tumours found in rats given stem cells during Parkinson’s study

Thursday October 26, 2006

A potential leap in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease has been tempered with a setback as rats injected with embryonic stem cells were essentially cured of Parkinson’s-like symptoms, but soon developed brain tumours.

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Stem Cell Treatment Proven to Reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms

Thursday October 26, 2006

Tiantan Puhua Neurosurgical Hospital announced today the first known successful stem cell therapy treatment in China, and one of the first in the world, of an American citizen inflicted with the debilitating Parkinson’s disease. Tiantan Puhua applied the unique procedure, specifically designed for Parkinson’s patients, to 52 year old Penny Thomas of Hawaii who says she has since seen tremendous improvement in her condition. The announcement comes as Hospital staff completed the initial stage of careful monitoring of Penny’s progress during and after the treatment to ensure that the procedure was a success. Further details and videos can be found at http://www.stemcellschina.com.

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Washington Governors Unite to Raise the Flag on Parkinson’s

Thursday October 26, 2006

The Governor’s Conference on Parkinson’s: Raising the Flag on Parkinson’s is an annual educational symposium for Parkinson’s patients, families and caregivers, especially Parkinson’s Disease professionals such as physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and occupational and physical therapists. Featured speakers will include both current and former Washington governors Christine Gregoire, Booth Gardner, Gary Locke and Daniel J. Evans as well as national and regional Parkinson’s experts including The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, The American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA), Information & Referral Center, and Washington State Chapter APDA as well as medical staff from the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center (BGPCC), the University of Washington and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

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Novelty-Seeking Traits Found Frequently in Screening Parkinson’s Disease Patients: Presented at ANA

Thursday October 19, 2006

Compulsive behaviors -- especially traits of novelty seeking -- appear to be a common occurrence in individuals with Parkinson’s disease, according to research presented here at the American Neurological Association (ANA) 131st Annual Meeting.

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Homespun Lifestyles Living with Parkinson’s disease

Thursday October 19, 2006

Patti Schwenke, Sidney, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease October of 2001, but showed symptoms four years prior.

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system. The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord. Parkinson’s disease is one of the conditions known as a movement disorder. When the parts of the body do not receive messages from the brain telling them when and where to move, range of motion becomes difficult.

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A new gig

Thursday October 19, 2006

The Michael J. Fox Foundation announced that it has collaborated with Dr. Lars Bertram of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and with The Alzheimer Research Forum (AlzForum) to create PDGene ( http://www.pdgene.org ), an online inventory of studies on genes implicated in Parkinson’s disease.

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Dopamine Imbalances Cause Sleep Disorders In Animal Models Of Parkinson’s Disease And Schizophrenia

Thursday October 19, 2006

Neuroscientists at Duke University Medical Center working with genetically engineered mice have found that the brain chemical dopamine plays a critical role in regulating sleep and brain activity associated with dreaming.

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