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Parkinson’s patient touts benefits of bicycling

Friday June 29, 2012

The Puyallup Valley will see a swarm of bicyclists July 14-15 as 10,000 people will race through the area for the 2012 Seattle-to-Portland Bike Classic.

Among the herd will be Ann Smith, an east Puyallup woman who has committed herself to cycling to ward off the severe symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

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4 Signs That Your Driving Skills Are Declining

Thursday June 28, 2012

Is driving at night becoming more of a challenge? Have you had near misses while making left turns, or discovered that you're no longer keeping up with the speed limit?

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Researchers say Parkinson's cure may lie in the human nose

Tuesday June 26, 2012

University of Louisville researchers hoping to find a cure for Parkinson's disease have discovered an unlikely potential treatment — stem cells from the human nose.

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Voice Recognition Software Can Diagnose Parkinson’s

Tuesday June 26, 2012

"Siri, do I have Parkinson's?" That might sound flippant, but actually new research shows that it's possible to detect Parkinson's symptoms simply by using algorithms to detect changes in voice recordings.

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L.A. Film Festival: The personal turns mystical in 'Pincus'

Tuesday June 26, 2012

In writer-director David Fenster’s new film “Pincus,” which had its world premiere as part of the narrative competition at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, a young man tries to navigate through his own life while also caring for his father, debilitated by Parkinson’s. The movie stars Fenster’s former CalArts classmate David Nordstrom, as well as the filmmaker’s own father, Paul Fenster, who has been living with Parkinson’s for 13 years.

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Electrical current could fight Parkinson's

Tuesday June 26, 2012

Deep brain stimulation, a treatment that involves the surgical implantation of wires in the brain that deliver an electrical current, could improve motor functions for at least three years in people with advanced Parkinson's disease, new research suggests.

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Sleep Improves Functioning in Parkinson’s Patients, but Reasons Remain Elusive

Monday June 25, 2012

Some Parkinson's patients report that their motor function is better upon awakening in the morning, which is contrary to what would be expected after a night without medication. This phenomenon, known as sleep benefit, has been studied but no consistent variables have been found and in the last decade there has been little new research. A new study, published in the June issue of the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, assesses a large sample of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and confirms that some patients experience sleep benefit, both overnight and following afternoon naps, but finds no significant variables between those who do benefit and those who do not.

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Five abstracts evaluating Abbott's LCIG presented at Parkinson's disease congress

Wednesday June 20, 2012

Today Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced results from five abstracts evaluating levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG), its investigational compound for advanced Parkinson's disease. The abstracts include the results from the second interim analysis of a long-term safety and tolerability trial, as well as secondary endpoint analyses from the Phase 3 pivotal trial. All of the abstracts were presented at The 16th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, June 17-21 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Kalamazoo frog study yields promise for Atypical Parkinson's disease patients

Wednesday June 20, 2012

What started as a study observing how contaminants in the Kalamazoo River affect frogs is evolving into Western Michigan University becoming a national leader in finding a cure for a rare human disease.

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Rave drug sparks hope for treating Parkinson’s

Wednesday June 20, 2012

Rave culture’s illicit drug ‘ecstasy’ can help develop drugs that curb involuntary movements in Parkinson’s disease, says a study.

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