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New Drug Reduces Advanced Parkinson’s Symptoms

Thursday August 28, 2003

After 40 years of treating Parkinson’s disease with dopamine medications, a new study shows potential for a non-dopamine drug that may provide benefit for patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease.

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Gene Therapy Used to Treat Patients With Parkinson’s; FDA Approves Procedure on 12 Patients

Tuesday August 19, 2003

Yesterday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital a 55 year old man became the first person to undergo gene therapy for Parkinson’s. Despite the checkered history of gene therapy experiments, the Food and Drug Administration approved this procedure for 12 people with severe Parkinson’s.

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Parkinson’s Drug Side-Effect -- Gambling?

Tuesday August 19, 2003

The dopamine agonist Mirapex appears to have a correlation to increased addictive gambling tendencies, according to a study released by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center. The risk is small, but significant enough that doctors may be urged to raise awareness when prescribing the medication.

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Pain Relievers Might Cut PD Risk

Monday August 18, 2003

The risk of developing PD was 45 percent lower in people who used drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen at least twice weekly than it was in nonusers, according to a review of two large studies.

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