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Parkinsons symptoms indicated for first time on pet scans of brains of living patients

PITTSBURGH, April 2 A University of Pittsburgh neurologist has used an advanced form of brain imaging to identify changes in small regions of the brains of living Parkinson's disease patients for the first time. These results were presented today at the American Academy of Neurology meeting being held in Honolulu, Hawaii....... Robert Y. Moore, M.D., Ph.D., Love Family Professor and professor of...

New Parkinsons drug found effective

NEW YORK, N.Y. and HAIFA, Israel, January 13, 2003 -- A study conducted on 404 patients at several U.S. sites has determined that a new drug called Rasagiline effectively treats early-stage Parkinson's disease. The study was reported in the December Archives of Neurology. ... "These findings are especially important since hopes for treating Parkinson's with fetal cells were recently dashed," sai...

Procedure to help Parkinsons disease could shed light on psychiatric disorder

French authors of a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET describe how electrode stimulation of a specific part of the brain to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson's disease could also help in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders....... The psychiatric condition obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is thought to be associated with alterations to specific nerve-cell circuits in...

Landmark study shows coenzyme Q10 slows progressive decline in Parkinsons disease

In the first study of its type, researchers at Emory University and nine other centers nationwide have determined that a naturally occurring compound called coenzyme Q10 can slow progressive deterioration associated with the early stages of Parkinson's disease up to 44 percent. This is the first time a study has shown that any nutrient or vitamin might play a role in slowing the progression of P...

The future of research into Parkinsons disease and tissue banking

Leading scientists from across the world will join academics and researchers from Imperial College London to discuss the future of research into Parkinsons disease and tissue banking.... ...On Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July a satellite meeting of the 7th European Congress of Neuropathology will be held at Charing Cross Hospital. This will be a two-day conference looking at Parkinsons disease...

Development of dementia in Parkinsons patients

DENVER, CO Independent of disease severity, as measured by signs of Parkinsons disease found on examination (including tremor, stiffness, slowness and gait impairment), mortality may be two to three times higher among Parkinsons disease patients who develop dementia than those who dont. At todays Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, researchers released findings of their study o...

Retinal cell implantation shows promise and improvement in advanced Parkinsons disease patients

An innovative procedure, in which retinal cells are implanted in the brains of patients with advanced Parkinsons disease (PD), is showing promise, according to a group of Emory University researchers. In a one-year follow-up report to be given at the American Academy of Neurology 54th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo., on April 17, Ray Watts, M.D., professor of neurology, Emory University School...

New study shows ropinirole slows the loss of dopamine function in Parkinsons disease

Researchers at Emory University and a group of international collaborators, using positron emission tomography (PET) brain imaging, have determined that a relatively new drug slows the loss of dopamine function in early stages of Parkinsons disease (PD) compared with an older, more commonly used drug. ... Investigators say the drug ropinirole (brand name ReQuip ) slows the loss of dopamine, a...

Electrical brain stimulation reduces Parkinsons symptoms

ST. PAUL, MN Electrical brain stimulation can reduce the problems Parkinson's patients develop after long-term use of the drug levodopa, the main treatment for Parkinson's, according to a study published in the November 27 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. ... After years of use, levodopa becomes less effective, causing fluctuations in Par...

Study points to potential role for caffeine in reducing the risk of Parkinsons disease

. Coffee drinkers who worry that their morning fix might not be the healthiest of habits may find comfort in a recent report. Working with a mouse model of Parkinson's disease, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have shown that caffeine is able to prevent the loss of the chemical signal that is depleted in Parkinsons disease. Published in the May 15th Journal of Neuroscience,...
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