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Exercise might slow or stop effects of Parkinson’s

Thursday May 29, 2003

There is a new theory that exercise can either slow or reverse the effects of Parkinson’s. The prospect sounds almost too simple to believe, but studies on rats at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Texas have given the idea credibility.

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Hormone Use Found to Raise Dementia Risk

Wednesday May 28, 2003

Hormone therapy doubled the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia in women who began the treatment at age 65 or older, a large study has found. The finding disappointed many researchers and doctors, who had hoped for the opposite result.

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Senators Grill NIH Director Over Bush’s Restrictions on Stem-Cell Research

Wednesday May 28, 2003


Two U.S. senators who have staunchly supported biomedical research lambasted officials from the National Institutes of Health on Thursday, saying that the Bush administration’s restrictions on embryonic-stem-cell research may be slowing progress in a highly promising field of medicine.

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Head Injuries May Hike Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday May 22, 2003

People who sustain substantial head injuries may face an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease years later, new study findings suggest. Overall, those who had experienced head trauma were about four times more likely to develop the neurological disease than those who never had such injuries, results showed.

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Compound Found to Calm Dyskinesia - in Monkeys

Tuesday May 13, 2003

Experimental compounds used on monkeys helped curb the involuntary jerks and spasms that are a common side-effect of l-dopa, the mainstream drug for treating Parkinson’s disease doctors report.

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Stem Cell Researchers Call for Changes

Friday May 09, 2003

The number of human stem cell lines available for research turns out to be far fewer than thought when President Bush placed limits on such studies more than a year ago.

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Taking Risks Can Cut Rate of Parkinson’s disease

Friday May 09, 2003

People who are more likely to take risks in life appear to have lower rates of Parkinson’s disease, research suggested today.
A study by researchers in the UK, Australia and Holland, looked at the possible relationship of impulsive, sensation- seeking traits and Parkinson’s.

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Pennsylvania Researchers Turn Stem Cells to Egg Cells

Tuesday May 06, 2003

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have taken stem cell research in a novel direction, showing how the cells can be converted in the laboratory into egg cells like those produced in the ovary. The work has some theologians reconsidering their ideas about the nature of life.

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Brain Chemical May Thwart Ravages of Aging: Study

Monday May 05, 2003

A shot of a brain chemical called GABA essentially turned back the clocks in the brains of older monkeys, whose brain function briefly operated at levels normally seen in monkeys less than half their age.

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Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Link Continues to be Investigated

Friday May 02, 2003

Researchers in the United States have found tboth diseases may be triggered by the same brain chemicals. This could explain why some people with Alzheimer’s show symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and vice versa.

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