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Parkinson's patients test video games as therapy

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

13Mar12 - CNET News - Physical therapy can ease symptoms of Parkinson's and may delay progression of the disease. Now, cutting-edge tech is transforming everyday therapy into entertaining exercises.

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Early detection of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM

27Feb12 - Oslo, Norway - A new joint European research project aims to improve diagnostics for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to detect the diseases as early as possible.

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Parkinson's 101

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What is Parkinsons disease?  What range of symptoms are part of Parkinson's disease?  How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?  Find out the answers to these and many other questions in Parkinson's 101.

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Study: Weight Training Improves Parkinson's Symptoms

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

16Feb12 - New Orleans/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research suggests weight training for two years significantly improves the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease compared to other forms of exercise such as stretching and balance exercises.

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Iron Intake In Teen Years Can Impact Brain In Later Life

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

13Jan12 - Iron is a popular topic in health news. Doctors prescribe it for medical reasons, and it's available over the counter as a dietary supplement. And while it's known that too little iron can result in cognitive problems, it's also known that too much promotes neurodegenerative diseases.

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Treating Parkinson's At Its Inception

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

18Jan12 - Imagine if doctors could spot Parkinson's disease at its inception and treat the protein that triggers it before the disease can sicken the patient.

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Dry cleaning chemical linked to Parkinson´┐Ż??s

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 12:30 AM

16Nov11 - HealthZone.ca -

Common chemical solvents significantly increase the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, an international study on twins has found for the first time.

“This is the first report of this specific exposure being related to Parkinson’s Disease in a population-based study,” Dr. Connie Marras, a neurologist at the University H...

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Failing smell can be reversed with training

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 3:05 PM

21Nov11 - St.Petersburg News - Researchers seem to have cracked the mystery of failing smell and how it is linked with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and even normal ageing.

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A New (Old) Treatment Option for Depression in Parkinson's Disease

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

03Oct11 - Kevin J. Black, M.D., The American Journal of Psychiatry - Parkinson's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, affecting 1%–4% of people by age 80. Although it is defined by motor signs, the symptoms that most impair the lives of patients—and their caregivers—are psychological symptoms, including depressed mood (2). In clinical settings, about 25% of patients with Parkinson's disease have a major depressive syn...

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Not Just an Affliction of the Elderly

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM

29Sep09 - CBC - There's nothing like the involvement of a celebrity to raise the profile of a disease. In 1984, one of the most recognizable people on the planet was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Muhammad Ali was 42 at the time.  A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information estimates that neurological conditions — like stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's — cost Canada nearly $9 billion a year. That's almost seven per cent of the total attribu...

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Early Onset Parkinsons

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Apr11 - Niagara Falls Review - As someone who spends hours at her computer working on graphics, Bev Lavender was concerned back in 2004 when she noticed a tremor in her hands. She dismissed it as carpal tunnel syndrome, but when it didn't abate her doctor referred her to a neurologist.

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New Target for Treating Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 1:25 AM

11Sep11 - Science Daily - A scientist at the Gladstone Institutes has identified how the lack of a brain chemical known as dopamine can rewire the interaction between two groups of brain cells and lead to symptoms of Parkinson's disease. This discovery offers new hope for treating those suffering from this devastating neurodegenerative disease.

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Eating berries lowers risk of Parkinson's disease

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 12:10 AM

15Mar11 - Natural News - A diet high in the antioxidants found in berries may significantly reduce both men and women's risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and due to be presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The study was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Study Suggests Seeing A Neurologist Helps People With Parkinson's Live Longer

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 10:10 AM

11Aug11 - Medical News Today - People with Parkinson's disease who go to a neurologist for their care are more likely to live longer, less likely to be placed in a nursing home and less likely to break a hip than people who go to a primary care physician, according to a study published in the August 10, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the

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Deep Brain Stimulation Can Transform Lives Of Those With Parkinson's, Essential Tremor

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

21Jul11 - Medical News Today - Tom Keilen couldn't grab a glass of water without spilling it all over himself. Plagued with uncontrollable tremors at just 57 years old, the Michigan resident was fighting a battle against an aggressive case of Parkinson's disease.

He couldn't work at his job as a plastering contractor. His arms would flail uncontrollably, and the medications usually prescri...

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Parkinson's Patients Get No Benefit From Antidepressants Sertraline Or Mirtazapine, But Have More Side Effects

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:35 AM

19Jul11 - Medical News Today - Two antidepressants prescribed often for individuals with Parkinson's disease - sertraline or mirtazapine - were found to have no benefits for such patients. In fact, they also experienced unpleasant side effects., according to the results of the HTA-SADD trial published in The Lancet. The article was written by Professor Sube Banerjee and team, Institute of Psychiat...

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New Podcast About Needle-In-A-Haystack Search For New Drugs For Brain Diseases

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM

13Jul11 - Medical News Today - The scientific equivalent of searching for a needle in a haystack has paid off for researchers seeking leads for potential new medicines for Parkinson's Disease and other brain disorders. Chronicled in a new episode in the American Chemical Society's award-winning "Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions" podcast series, now online, it involved sifting through almost 390,000 chemical comp...

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50 Percent Of Patients Suffering From Parkinson's Disease And Psychosis Are Treated With Antipsychotic Agents

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM

12Jun11, Medical News Today - According to a report in the July issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, 50% of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD) and Psychosis are treated with anti-psychotic (AP) agents. These drugs can aggravate Parkinson symptoms. Despite a warning being issued against the use of these drugs by the FDA their frequency of usage in patients with dementia...

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Parkinson's treatment tied to impulsiveness

Posted on June 9, 2011 at 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON 25Oct07 - Your brain is supposed to fire a "hold your horses" signal when faced with a tough choice. But a brain implant that stops the tremors of Parkinson's disease may block that signal — a new explanation for why some Parkinson's patients become hugely impulsive.


Scientists have long known that anti-Parkinson medications occasionally spark compulsions like pathological gambling.


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Thai spice may help protect the brain against Parkinson's damage.

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 7:15 AM

If you want a future that is free of Parkinson's disease, the smart choice for dinner tonight may be curried vegetables.Why? Because curry spice -- a staple of Thai and Indian dishes -- is rich in turmeric. And in a recent lab study, turmeric appeared to help protect the brain against Parkinson's damage.


Parkinson's disease affects about 1 million people in the United States, and researchers are actively seeking a cure. The disease works ...

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