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With more generations under one roof, U.S. families no longer shrinking, census data shows

Thursday January 29, 2009

Lynn Fielder moves haltingly between the kitchen island and the cupboards in her Palo Alto home, intent on preparing a pot of coffee for her mother, Sondra Erickson, and a guest.

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MIT IDs genes linked to Parkinson's side effects

Thursday January 29, 2009

People with Parkinson's disease commonly suffer a slowing or freezing of movement caused by the death of neurons that make dopamine, a key chemical that allows brain cells to send and receive messages essential to voluntary movements. Patients regain the ability to move, seemingly miraculously, by taking L-DOPA or related drugs that mimic the missing dopamine. After a few years on L-DOPA, however, most patients again lose motor control — but in an opposite way. Instead of too little, there is too much movement, like involuntary nodding and rocking — side effects known as L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias.

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Dogs Cloned From Fat Stem Cells

Thursday January 29, 2009

South Korean researchers have cloned dogs from fat cells for the first time, according to Seoul-based biotech firm, RNL Bio, Thursday.

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RISING STAR

Thursday January 29, 2009

She's holding a school assembly, hosting a support group, creating a fund-raising walk and looking for media coverage, all to help bring awareness to raise funds for Parkinson's disease research.

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Concussion effect 'spans decades'

Thursday January 29, 2009

People concussed in their youth show subtle signs of mental and physical problems even more than 30 years later, say Canadian researchers.

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Still having a ball

Thursday January 29, 2009

Billy RIce only figured out he had Parkinson's disease when his golf game "went to hell"; now, six years on, he had as jealthy a lifestyle as he can and he still plays golf. This is his story as told to Fiona Tyrell.

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Patients starting Parkinson's drug rasagiline earlier do better

Thursday January 29, 2009

There is hope that the drug rasagiline can do what no other medication for Parkinson's disease now does -- slow the progression of a devastating degenerative brain disease that eventually robs people of their ability to move and function.

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Will stem cells cure disease? Prepare to find out in coming months

Thursday January 29, 2009

The U.S. FDA has just approved a schedule of stem cell treatments for paralysis victims in the next few months, taking advantage of the new science-friendly politicial atmosphere.

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Parkinson's Virtual Reality Gait Training Device Improves Quality of Life

Thursday January 29, 2009

Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis patients are discovering first-hand that daily exercise with a new virtual reality device, the GaitAid Virtual Walker, has a positive effect on their walking ability, minimizing balance problems and improving quality of life.

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Like Jett Travolta, I collapsed at age 16 as a result of a major seizure.

Thursday January 29, 2009

Unlike Jett, I didn't hit my head or suffer other significant trauma. I was much more fortunate and recovered fully. That seizure, 43 years ago, was my last, though not my first.

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