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Supplement Marketers To Pay Nearly $70 Million In Consumer Refunds

Thursday August 27, 2009

A federal district court has ordered the marketers of two dietary supplements -- "Supreme Greens" and "Coral Calcium" -- who claimed the products would cure ailments ranging from cancer and Parkinson's disease to heart disease and autoimmune diseases to pay nearly $70 million for deceiving consumers about the products' effectiveness and safety.

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PLACEBOS ONE

Thursday August 27, 2009

Merck was in trouble. In 2002, the pharmaceutical giant was falling behind its rivals in sales. Even worse, patents on five blockbuster drugs were about to expire, which would allow cheaper generics to flood the market. The company hadn't introduced a truly new product in three years, and its stock price was plummeting.

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Housekeeping Gene Study Impacts Lesch Nyhan & Parkinson's

Thursday August 27, 2009

A study from the Center for Molecular Genetics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows that a gene called HPRT plays an important role in setting the program by which primitive or precursor cells decide to become normal nerve cells in the human brain. This unconventional view of metabolic genes known as "housekeeping" genes is now online at the journal Molecular Therapy.

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Stem cells will now take on Parkinson's

Thursday August 27, 2009

Taking the research of stem cell usage to treat Parkinson's disease a step further, doctors at Jaslok Hospital injected patient's own stem cells to his brain.

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ALS drug holds promise as Bennett leaves UVA

Thursday August 27, 2009

Five years after a small group of terminally ill patients pleaded with UVA for continued access to an experimental compound they believed could extend their lives, the UVA doctor who discovered the compound has left the university as mounting evidence suggests the drug is safe and, more importantly, that it may be effective against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, the deadly neurodegenerative disease also known Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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The Colorful History of Vibratory Therapy for PD: Does It Have Place in Today's Treatment Armamentarium?

Thursday August 27, 2009

C.G. Goetz is one of the world's premier Parkinson's disease specialists and he has an avid interest in the history of medicine-particularly the history of the scientific study of the movement disorders.

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Causes of Weight Loss in Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday August 27, 2009

Weight loss is common in Parkinson’s disease but the exact cause may not always be obvious as it can occur both in the early or late stage of the disease.

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Speak up! New technology helps Parkinson's patients be heard

Thursday August 27, 2009

Researchers have developed a new technology that helps Parkinson's patients overcome a tendancy to speak too quietly by playing a recording of ambient sound, which resembles the noisy chatter of a restaurant full of patrons.

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How Bad Feelings Can Harm Your Health

Thursday August 27, 2009

A depressed emotional state -- feelings of hopelessness and apathy -- could have a direct effect on your physical health, new research indicates.

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Inherited Parkinson's Disease

Thursday August 27, 2009

An enzyme that naturally occurs in the brain helps destroy the mutated protein that is the most common cause of inherited Parkinson's disease, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, have found [PLoS ONE, 4(6): e5949].

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