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Biotech’s bright hope

Thursday August 31, 2006

TO the shrill whine of a high-speed drill, neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Larson makes two nickel-sized holes in Shirley Cooper’s skull. Guided by a computerized MRI map, he plunges a long, thin needle through one hole and deep into the brain — and empties the syringe.

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University of Pittsburgh named Parkinson Disease Center for Advanced Research

Thursday August 31, 2006

The University of Pittsburgh has been named an American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Advanced Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research, a designation that places it in an elite group with eight other leading institutions in the United States.

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Parkinson’s can’t keep fighter down

Thursday August 31, 2006

Klaas Moes says he’s too tired.

At 74, he says, the shaking is getting to him.

He’s winding down a personal campaign against the Parkinson’s disease that’s afflicted him for the last 20 years.

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I was hit by Parkinson’s at eighteen

Thursday August 31, 2006

Michael Gibson was just 18 when he became one of the youngest people ever to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative brain disorder that normally affects older people.

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New McLaughlin scientist focuses on Parkinson’s

Thursday August 31, 2006

McLaughlin Research Institute in Great Falls Tuesday introduced its newest scientist, Deborah E. Cabin, who is probing the causes of Parkinson’s disease.

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Parkinson’s Disease symptom reduced with new treatment

Thursday August 31, 2006

Parkinson’s Disease is a mysterious brain disease affecting people in the second half of their lives. One treatment involves implanting electrodes in the brain and a new study says it reduces symptoms of the disease better than medicine.

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Early warning test for Parkinson’s receives national recognition

Thursday August 31, 2006

The research of Dr Kay Double, an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, has received the nation’s highest commendation through her inclusion in the NHMRC’s 2006 "10 of the Best" booklet.

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Warm Springs inks new contract to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease

Thursday August 24, 2006

Warm Springs Rehabilitation System signed a contract with Access Quality Therapy Services to provide enhanced inpatient and outpatient services for individuals with Parkinson’s disease throughout South Texas.

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Health Canada Approves Azilect(R) (Rasagiline) for Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday August 24, 2006

Approved in Canada as Monotherapy in Early PD and as an Adjunct to Levodopa in Moderate-to-Advanced Disease

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced today that Azilect(R) (rasagiline tablets), the first once daily oral treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD) has just been approved by Health Canada.

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Link between gene variant and Parkinson’s disease discovered

Thursday August 24, 2006

Variations in the SNCA gene could contribute to susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study.

Previously, mutations in the SNCA (alpha-synuclein) gene have been found linked to cases of Parkinson’s disease, a common brain condition affecting movement. The causes of Parkinson’s disease remain unknown but research has shown there are genetic influences. Now doctors at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester report upon the first large-scale study of the SNCA gene and Parkinson’s disease.

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