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Deep Brain Stimulation Can Transform Lives Of Those With Parkinson’s Disease And Essential Tremor

Tom Keilen could not 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 could not work at his job as a plastering contractor. His arms would flail uncontrollably, and […]

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Half of Patients With Parkinson’s Disease And Psychosis Treated With Antipsychotic Agents, Including Drugs That May Worsen Parkinson Symptoms

Half of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and psychosis receive prescriptions for anti-psychotic (AP) agents, including drugs that have the potential to worsen Parkinson symptoms, and the frequency of use of these agents has not changed since a warning about using these drugs in patients with dementia and PD was issued, according to a report […]

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Patients With Parkinson’s Disease May Benefit From Virtual-Reality-Based Therapies

In people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the inability to make quick movements limits basic functioning in daily life. Movement can be improved by various cueing techniques, such as providing visual or auditory stimuli when movements are started. In a study scheduled for publication in the August issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, […]

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Lithium Profoundly Prevents Brain Damage Associated With Parkinson’s Disease

Lithium profoundly prevents the aggregation of toxic proteins and cell loss associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in a mouse model of the condition. Preclinical research is now underway at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging to determine correct dosages for a drug that continues to be the gold standard for the treatment of bipolar […]

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Potential Cause Of Rapid Eye-Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder Discovered With Implications For Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers at the University of Toronto are the first to indentify a potential cause for a severe sleep disorder that has been closely linked to Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. “Our research is the first to establish a potential genetic link to human REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD). That’s important because between 60 and […]

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High Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease For People Exposed To Pesticides Near Workplace

In April 2009, researchers at UCLA announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson’s disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. That epidemiological study did not examine farmers who constantly work with pesticides but people who simply lived near where farm fields were sprayed with the fungicide maneb and the herbicide […]

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