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By On August 30th, 2014

Loss of Logic: Men and Suicide

 Earlier this week, Billy Crystal gave a moving tribute to Robin Williams during the Emmys Ceremony.  I continue to reflect on the loss of Williams to death by suicide, and all of the issues and potential ramifications surrounding it. The dialogue around Williams’ death was initially laden with assumptions about his sobriety.  The popular opinion,…

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By On December 16th, 2013

New Study Finds Potential Parkinson’s Disease Biomarker

Parkinson’s disease affects an estimated 4 million people worldwide, yet there is not a single clinical test available to effectively diagnose this widespread degenerative disease. While there are some tentative treatments which may be useful in treating Parkinson’s if caught early, there is little way to definitively diagnose the condition until late in it’s progression,…

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By On November 12th, 2013

Simple Test May Help Track Dopamine Loss in Parkinson’s Patients

A simple test may be able to gauge what more complex technological tests could not perceive. Dopamine loss, a hallmark of Parkinson’s disease, is currently very difficult to assess, according to Katherine R. Gamble, a psychology Ph.D. student at Georgetown University who helped create a new test. The test is technologically simple, but gives an…

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By On October 14th, 2013

Does Depression Put You at High Risk for Parkinson’s Disease?

Is depression a factor in developing Parkinson’s disease? According to a new study from the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan, the mood disorder could play a role in the later development of the well-known nervous disorder, but they emphasise restraint when linking the two. “Our paper does not convey the message that all depression leads…

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By On May 23rd, 2013

A Possible New Parkinson’s Treatment

Though the research is still in it’s early stages, there is optimism behind a diabetes drug, exenatide, known commercially as Byetta, being used to treat Parkinson’s disease. The drug is actually a synthetic version of Gila monster saliva and performed well as a treatment in a small, proof-of-concept study on Parkinson’s patients. As Paulina Anderson reports…

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By On May 14th, 2013

Peppers Could Reduce Parkinson’s Risk

Several studies have examined the fact that smokers are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease and now researchers believe that it could be due to “a neuroprotective effect of nicotine.” Trading for cancer risks and lung disease isn’t a great way to avoid Parkinson’s, however, so experts recently examined the effect of consuming vegetables in…

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By On April 24th, 2013

Revolutionary ALS Treatment Passes Clinical Trial

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, destroys nerves that control muscles. It currently has only one FDA approved medication for treatment, which reportedly has only a marginal effect. Bioscience Technology reports, however, that an investigational new treatment for an inherited form of the disease has passed an early phase clinical trial. The…

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By On March 27th, 2013

Parkinson’s Increases Risk of Dementia

There are two ways one can develop dementia: through damage, such as a stroke, or through disease, such as Alzheimer’s. Recently, Norwegian researchers conducted a study of Parkinson’s Disease patients and their development from mild cognitive impairment to dementia. Medical News Today has the full report, but their findings suggest that Parkinson’s patients are at…

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