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Set dancing benefits for Parkinson's

Wednesday June 20, 2012

IRISH SET dancing has emerged as an effective rehabilitative source for Parkinson’s patients, international research to be published at an upcoming conference attended by up to 1,000 patients will show.

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Parkinson's Disease - Smelling Test For Early Detection

Wednesday June 20, 2012

Even though Parkinson's disease is incurable, nowadays doctors are able to favorably influence the course of the disease, so that patients are able to enjoy a high quality of life for many years. In order to fight against the destruction of brain cells in Parkinson's it is necessary for doctors to detect the disease early, but unfortunately only very few adequate early detection methods are available.

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Reasons for Hope

Wednesday June 13, 2012

I never really thought that making My Father, My Brother and Me would wind up re-orienting my life, but that’s exactly what happened. Yes, I still host a public radio call-in program in San Francisco and I continue to do reporting and documentary projects for public television, but making that film was life changing. It made Parkinson’s much more central in my life.

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Disorder often confused for Parkinson's

Wednesday June 13, 2012

A Bedford, Indiana man lived for years with a misdiagnosed condition, but now he's grateful that his doctors were able to figure it out.

NPH, or Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, has symptoms that are similar to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease

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Michael J. Fox launches web site that connects volunteers to clinical trials

Wednesday June 13, 2012

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has launched an online platform that it hopes will encourage more volunteers to participate in clinical trials.

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Swimmer still strong amid battle with Parkinson's

Wednesday June 13, 2012

It started with a pain in his back. Then he had trouble typing.

His legs began shaking. His feet would drag while walking.

He couldn't swim like he used to, his muscles tightening after just the first few laps.

For nearly two years, Richard Baldwin lived likes this, leaving doctors' offices with no answer and no helpful medication.

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George H.W. Bush can no longer walk on his own: Parkinson's struggle revealed with new HBO documentary

Wednesday June 13, 2012

With a documentary on the life of George H.W. Bush set to air on HBO, friends and family are opening up about the Houstonian and 41st president.

Speaking to Charlie Rose on CBS, son Jeb Bush revealed that his father at 87 year of age can no longer walk on his own, instead relying on a wheelchair and a stroller to get around

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Why Not Participate? One Patient’s Perspective on Genetic Research

Wednesday June 06, 2012

For many, the decision to participate in genetic research is not a trivial one. But for Gary Schmitz, he didn’t think twice. “For me,” he says, “the question was why wouldn’t you want to contribute?”

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AFFiRiS AG: Parkinson's Vaccine - Worldwide First Clinical Study in Vienna

Tuesday June 05, 2012

The worldwide first clinical trial for the development of a Parkinson's vaccine has now been started by AFFiRiS AG. The vaccine called PD01A is directed against alpha-Synuclein, a protein considered causing the onset and progression of the disease, and is currently being tested on Parkinson's patients in a Phase I trial. The vaccine holds out the prospect to deliver a causative treatment of Parkinson's for the first time. Its potential for success prompted the US-American Michael J. Fox Foundation to generously support the development of PD01A financially. Taking place in Vienna and involving up to 32 patients, the primary endpoints of the trial are safety and tolerability of PD01A.

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Aussie invention to improve Parkinson's treatment

Tuesday June 05, 2012

A new Australian invention developed in Victoria could significantly improve the treatment available to people with Parkinson’s disease by allowing acurate measurement of exactly how the disease is affecting them.

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