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Vitamin D Insufficiency Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Wednesday November 26, 2008

Vitamin D, also called the sunshine vitamin, has already been shown in studies to be important for a healthy immune system, preventing and even reversing cancer, as well as strong bones; it has also been linked to lower incidences of depression as well as diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. Now, a recent study published in the Archives of Neurology has found that low levels of vitamin D could also have a part to play in the development of Parkinson's Disease (PD).

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Just the right moves

Wednesday November 26, 2008

"Wiggle your fingers at the ceiling," Naomi Goodman told her dance students as she stretched her arms skyward. "Shake your body loose like a wet noodle. Take off that shirt, and stretch that spine. Extend your arms like beautiful wings."

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Pesticide Exposure Boosts Parkinson's Risk by 60 Percent

Wednesday November 26, 2008

A new study has provided one of the strongest links yet between pesticide use and Parkinson's disease.

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Parkinson's Webcasts Give Cyber Support Worldwide

Wednesday November 26, 2008

In the beginning of 2008, husband and wife team, Rich & Kim Rozek decided to help make a change in the Parkinson's Disease community. Now, almost a year later, their webcast, Parkinson's Disease Talk Live�, a weekly reality-based webcast about living with Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease has been gaining in popularity - so much that this December the couple will debut a second webcast � an online Cyber Support Group available to Parkinson�s patients and caregivers worldwide!

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Local residents find ways to cope with Parkinson's

Wednesday November 26, 2008

Vallejo resident Theresa Pate took some of the last and rarely coherent words of her father, Gilbert, to heart when he told her she needed to teach people about Parkinson's Disease.

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New research helps explain genetics of Parkinson's disease

Wednesday November 26, 2008

A new study by Narendra et al. suggests that Parkin, the product of the Parkinson's disease-related gene Park2, prompts neuronal survival by clearing the cell of its damaged mitochondria.

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Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Funds Varinel to Develop Drugs for Neurodegenerative Disease

Wednesday November 26, 2008

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) announced today that it provided a grant of $185,000 to Varinel, Inc., an emerging pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing drugs that can prevent neuronal degeneration and improve brain function. The grant will assist Varinel in advancing the preclinical development of its multifunctional lead compounds, VAR10300 (also known as M30).

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Teen, grandma raise funds for Parkinson's

Thursday November 20, 2008

A township teenager has joined forces with her grandmother to raise approximately $1,500 for Parkinson's research in the hopes she can help her grandfather and others with the movement disorder.

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Popularity of Personal DNA Testing Means the Public Needs Access to Understandable Disease Information

Thursday November 20, 2008

In September, Sergey Brin, the multibillionaire co-founder of Google, announced that the results of a genetic screening by his wife's company, Mountain View, Calif.-based 23andMe Inc., indicated that he possesses a genetic mutation (called G2019S) that predisposes him to a form of Parkinson's disease. This has spawned a number of news stories on the "genetic basis" of Parkinson's and the candidate gene LRRK2.

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Gout And Parkinson's: Studies Examine Treatment For Gout And The Condition's Protective Effects

Thursday November 20, 2008

The goal in treating patients with gout is to reduce acute attacks by lowering serum urate levels, which are usually high in this disease. At the same time, high serum urate levels have been shown to lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD).

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