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  • Robin Williams' suicide -- cautionary comments

    08/14/2014 12:18:12 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Rob Pochek
    WILSON, N.C. (BP) -- When news broke that legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams had died of an apparent suicide, people were saddened that someone who had brought so much joy to the lives of others had taken his own life. Immediately some began to speculate about his ongoing battle with alcohol addiction and depression as the cause of his desperate act. Others began to comfort themselves with the thought that Williams was now at peace from such battles. And a few observed that suicide is the ultimate selfish act. There is little doubt that suicide is a fierce goodbye....
  • Robin Williams 'had Parkinson's'

    08/14/2014 12:02:52 PM PDT · by Borges · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/14/2014
    Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said.
  • Robin Williams’ Wife Reveals Surprising Health Secret in Statement

    08/14/2014 12:02:04 PM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/144/2014 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, his widow revealed Thursday, days after the beloved actor and comedian was found dead of an apparent suicide. Susan Schneider said Williams’ “sobriety was intact” at the time of his death, and that he was struggling with “depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.”
  • Parkinson's disease protein gums up garbage disposal system in cells

    04/11/2013 10:42:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | March 28, 2013 | NA
    This shows lewy bodies. Brown spots are immunostaining using an antibody specifically recognizing an abnormal form of alpha-synuclein. Clumps of α-synuclein protein in nerve cells are hallmarks of many degenerative brain diseases, most notably Parkinson's disease. "No one has been able to determine if Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites, hallmark pathologies in Parkinson's disease can be degraded," says Virginia Lee, PhD, director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. "With the new neuron model system of Parkinson's disease pathologies our lab has developed recently, we demonstrated that these aberrant clumps in...
  • Protein's destructive journey in brain may cause Parkinson's

    11/29/2012 12:56:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 16, 2012 | Laura Sanders
    Clumps of alpha-synuclein move through dopamine-producing cells, mouse study finds The insidious spread of an abnormal protein may be behind Parkinson’s disease, a study in mice suggests. A harmful version of the protein crawls through the brains of healthy mice, killing brain cells and damaging the animals’ balance and coordination, researchers report in the Nov. 16 Science. If a similar process happens in humans, the results could eventually point to ways to stop Parkinson’s destruction in the brain. “I really think that this model will increase our ability to come up with Parkinson’s disease therapies,” says study coauthor Virginia Lee...
  • Michael J. Fox Looks Past Stem Cells to Internet for Parkinson's Cure

    05/18/2012 8:31:43 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18th 2012 | Russell Goldman
    Michael J. Fox, whose turn from Parkinson’s disease patient to scientific crusader made him one of the country’s most visible advocates for stem cell research, now believes the controversial therapy may not ultimately yield a cure for his disease, he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. There have been “problems along the way,” Fox said of stem cell studies, for which he has long advocated. Instead, he said, new drug therapies are showing real promise and are “closer today” to providing a cure for Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative illness that over time causes the body to become rigid...
  • Study links Parkinson's disease to industrial solvent (trichloroethylene)

    11/14/2011 2:50:52 PM PST · by decimon · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | November 13, 2011 | Neil Bowdler
    An international study has linked an industrial solvent to Parkinson's disease.Researchers found a six-fold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson's in individuals exposed in the workplace to trichloroethylene (TCE). Although many uses for TCE have been banned around the world, the chemical is still used as a degreasing agent. The research was based on analysis of 99 pairs of twins selected from US data records. Parkinson's can result in limb tremors, slowed movement and speech impairment, but the exact cause of the disease is still unknown, and there is no cure. Research to date suggests a mix of genetic...
  • REM sleep behaviour disorder is a risk factor for Parkinson’s disease

    07/29/2011 9:46:26 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    Hospital Clínic of Barcelona ^ | July 29, 2011 | Unknown
    Patients suffering REM sleep behaviour disorders dream nightmares in which they are attacked and pursued, with the particularity that they express them by screaming, crying, punching and kicking while sleeping. Lancet Neurology has published the third consecutive work in five years about the relationship between this disorder and Parkinson’s disease. The first work showed in 2006 that 45% of patients who suffer this sleep disorder develop Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. The second article discovered that neuroimaging tests that measure dopamine in the brain, such as the brain SPECT, are...
  • Bacteria 'linked' to Parkinson's disease (Helicobacter pylori)

    05/23/2011 12:46:07 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | May 22, 2011 | Unknown
    The bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers have been linked to Parkinson's disease, according to researchers in the US. Mice infected with Helicobacter pylori went onto develop Parkinson's like symptoms. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, argues that infection could play "a significant role". The charity Parkinson's UK said the results should be treated with caution. Parkinson's disease affects the brain and results in slow movements and a tremor. Middle-aged mice, the equivalent of being between 55 and 65 in humans, were infected. Six months later they showed symptoms related to Parkinson's, such as reduced...
  • Low vitamin D levels 'linked to Parkinson's disease'

    05/23/2011 8:07:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 July 2010 | NA
    Having low vitamin D levels may increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life, say Finnish researchers. Their study of 3,000 people, published in Archives of Neurology, found people with the lowest levels of the sunshine vitamin had a three-fold higher risk. Vitamin D could be helping to protect the nerve cells gradually lost by people with the disease, experts say. The charity Parkinson's UK said further research was required. Parkinson's disease affects several parts of the brain, leading to symptoms like tremor and slow movements. 30-year study The researchers from Finland's National Institute for Health and...
  • Immune genes 'key in Parkinson's disease'

    05/23/2011 5:54:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 August 2010 | NA
    Parkinson's is a degenerative condition that affects the brain The immune system may have a key role in the development of Parkinson's disease, say US researchers. In a 20-year study of 4,000 people, half with Parkinson's disease, the team found an association between genes controlling immunity and the condition. The results raise the possibility of new targets for drug development, Nature Genetics reports. Parkinson's UK said the study strengthened the idea that immunity is an important driver of the disease. The team were not just looking for a genetic cause of the disease, but also considered clinical and environmental factors....
  • Our experience with Journolist member Ben Smith during the 2008 general election

    07/22/2010 7:06:59 PM PDT · by Bratch · 74 replies · 1+ views
    HillBuzz ^ | July 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm | HillBuzz
    It was interesting to see Ben Smith, from Politico.com, listed as a member of Journolist — the committed Obama operatives in the Media who banded together to make sure negative stories about their Lightbringer were quashed while attacks were coordinated to label anyone opposing Obama “RAAACIST” during the 2008 campaign. We had a brief encounter with Smith during September and October of 2008, where he repeatedly refused to run a story we were involved in that would have damaged Obama and drawn closer attention to his continued and longstanding ties to terrorist bomber William Ayers. Here in Chicago, we’re friends...
  • Positive And Negative Health Effects Of Caffeine

    06/29/2010 6:08:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    World Of Mysteries ^ | Sunday, June 27, 2010
    There is a good deal of debate about the health effects of caffeine, and whether these effects are primarily positive or negative. Caffeine, particularly in coffee, has been studied closely to determine where it may be of benefit, and where it may cause undesirable effects. Health benefits of caffeine Parkinson's disease Parkinson's is caused by the loss of brain cells that produce a chemical messenger called dopamine. According to a researcher from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, people who drink coffee or consume caffeine regularly have a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease. The research put forth...
  • Cycling Provides a Break for Some With Parkinson’s (man can't walk, but can ride for miles)

    04/10/2010 10:50:33 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 15 replies · 832+ views
    NYTimes.com ^ | 3/31/2010 | GINA KOLATA
    Dr. Bastiaan R. Bloem of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands thought he had seen it all in his years of caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease. But the 58-year-old man who came to see him recently was a total surprise. The man had had Parkinson’s disease for 10 years, and it had progressed until he was severely affected. Parkinson’s, a neurological disorder in which some of the brain cells that control movement die, had made him unable to walk. He trembled and could walk only a few steps before falling. He froze in place, his feet...
  • Green tea chemical combined with another may hold promise for treatment of brain disorders

    12/03/2009 6:40:20 AM PST · by decimon · 13 replies · 774+ views
    Watertown, MA—Scientists at Boston Biomedical Research Institute (BBRI) and the University of Pennsylvania have found that combining two chemicals, one of which is the green tea component EGCG, can prevent and destroy a variety of protein structures known as amyloids. Amyloids are the primary culprits in fatal brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's diseases. Their study, published in the current issue of Nature Chemical Biology (December 2009), may ultimately contribute to future therapies for these diseases. "These findings are significant because it is the first time a combination of specific chemicals has successfully destroyed diverse forms of amyloids...
  • Gene therapy could remedy Parkinson's

    10/17/2009 10:31:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,608+ views
    Nature News ^ | 14 October 2009 | Elie Dolgin
    Introducing three genes corrects motor defects in monkeys.A potential gene therapy for Parkinson's disease can correct motor deficits in monkeys without causing the jerky, involuntary movements that often accompany long-term treatments for the disease. The approach is undergoing preliminary testing in a handful of human patients, who have all shown promising signs of improvement.At present, the most common remedy for Parkinson's disease involves replacing dopamine — the neurotransmitter that is depleted in patients with the disease — by administering the dopamine precursor levodopa, or L-DOPA. Most patients initially regain near-normal motor control, but after several years on L-DOPA the majority...
  • Can an over-the-counter vitamin-like substance slow the progression of Parkinson's disease?

    09/21/2009 3:43:16 PM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 1,029+ views
    Rush University Medical Center ^ | Sep 21, 2009 | Unknown
    Can an over-the-counter vitamin-like substance slow the progression of Parkinson's disease? Rush University Medical Center is participating in a large-scale, multi-center clinical trial in the U.S. and Canada to determine whether a vitamin-like substance, in high doses, can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects about one million people in the United States. "At present, the very best therapies we have for Parkinson's can only mask the symptoms – they do not alter the underlying disease," said neurologist Dr. Katie Kompoliti, a specialist in movement disorders. "Finding a treatment that can slow the degenerative course of...
  • Potential Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Cure Found In Century-old Drug

    07/09/2009 8:02:25 AM PDT · by MetaThought · 92 replies · 2,809+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 18, 2008
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 18, 2008) — A new study conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland shows that a century-old drug, methylene blue, may be able to slow or even cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Used at a very low concentration – about the equivalent of a few raindrops in four Olympic-sized swimming pools of water – the drug slows cellular aging and enhances mitochondrial function, potentially allowing those with the diseases to live longer, healthier lives. A paper on the methylene blue study, conducted by Hani Atamna, PhD, and a his team at Children's, was published in...
  • Bird Flu Virus a Possible Trigger for Parkinson's

    08/13/2009 12:56:27 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,211+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | Greg Miller | 10 August 2009
    Enlarge ImageTrouble spots. In mice infected with the H5N1 virus, deposits of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein (arrows) in dopamine neurons may be a sign of neurodegeneration. Credit: H. Jang et al., PNAS Early Edition (2009) Decades after the 1918 influenza pandemic, epidemiologists noted an uptick in the number of people with diminished mobility and other neurological symptoms reminiscent of Parkinson's disease. But despite this and other hints, the idea that viruses can trigger neurodegenerative disease has remained controversial. Now researchers report new evidence for such a link: Mice infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus lose the same dopamine-releasing neurons that...
  • Groundbreaking Paper Publishes Long Term Results Of A Successful Phase I Clinical Trial To...

    02/17/2009 12:44:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 699+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 17 Feb 2009 | NA
    Groundbreaking Paper Publishes Long Term Results Of A Successful Phase I Clinical Trial To Treat Parkinson's Disease Scientists announced the publication of a landmark peer-reviewed paper in the February issue of the Bentham Open Stem Cell Journal which outlines the long term results of the world's first clinical trial using autologous neural stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. According to lead author, Michel F. Levesque, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, "We have documented the first successful adult neural stem cell transplantation to reverse the effects of Parkinson's disease and demonstrated the long term safety and therapeutic effects of this approach."...
  • Adult Stem Cell Research Reverses Effects of Parkinson's Disease in Human Trial

    02/16/2009 1:29:19 PM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies · 815+ views
    LifeNews ^ | February 16, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Adult Stem Cell Research Reverses Effects of Parkinson's Disease in Human Trial by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com Editor February 16, 2009 Email RSSPrint Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Scientists have published a paper in a medical journal describing the results of the world's first clinical trial using autologous neural stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. A leading bioethics watchdog says the results show more money should be put behind adult stem cells.UCLA researchers published their results in February issue of the Bentham Open Stem Cell Journal which outlines the long term results of the trial."We have documented the first...
  • Eat Less, Remember More?

    01/29/2009 12:37:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,340+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 27 January 2009 | Rachel Zelkowitz
    Did Grandma seem forgetful at the holiday parties last month? It could be time to put her on a diet. Sharply reducing calories improves memory in older adults, according to one of the first studies of dietary restriction and cognitive function in humans. Research on the benefits of an extremely low-calorie diet stretches back to the 1930s, when scientists found that rats lived up to twice as long when they nibbled less than control animals. Since then, some studies with rodents and nonhuman primates have shown that this spare diet, known as calorie restriction, improves some markers of diabetes and...
  • Old gastrointestinal drug slows aging, McGill researchers say

    01/06/2009 3:20:16 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies · 1,248+ views
    McGill University ^ | Jan. 6, 2008 | Unknown
    Clioquinol inhibits action of the CLK1 aging gene, may alleviate Alzheimer'sRecent animal studies have shown that clioquinol – an 80-year old drug once used to treat diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders – can reverse the progression of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. Scientists, however, had a variety of theories to attempt to explain how a single compound could have such similar effects on three unrelated neurodegenerative disorders. Researchers at McGill University have discovered a dramatic possible new answer: According to Dr. Siegfried Hekimi and colleagues at McGill's Department of Biology, clioquinol acts directly on a protein called CLK-1, often informally...
  • Vitamin D deficiency (found in a study of Parkinson’s disease.)

    10/13/2008 5:56:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,131+ views
    Science News ^ | October 13th, 2008 | Nathan Seppa
    Study finds Parkinson’s patients are more commonly lacking in the vitamin than Alzheimer’s patients or healthy peopleA vitamin D shortage is more likely to show up in people with Parkinson’s disease than in healthy people or those with Alzheimer’s disease, scientists report in the October Archives of Neurology. The study is the most recent contribution to a torrent of findings linking vitamin D deficiency with health risks. It’s well documented that such a deficiency can cause osteoporosis. Studies in recent years have also implicated a shortage of vitamin D in heart disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cancer and even respiratory problems....
  • Scientists Closer to Cure for Parkinson's Thanks to Adult Stem Cell Research

    06/29/2008 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 162+ views
    Life News ^ | 06.09.08 | Steven Ertelt
    Adult stem cell research, for the pro-life community, is ethically superior to embryonic stem cell research because it doesn't involve the destruction of human life. Scientists at Griffith University in Australia are advancing the notion that its effectiveness is superior as well. The researchers published an article on Friday in the medical journal Stem Cells showing that the use of adult stem cells may be getting closer to a cure, or at least an effective treatment, for Parkinson's. Their new studies show adult stem cells from a patient's own nose could treat their condition. The paper showed the finding that...
  • Breakthrough: Adult Stem Cells & Parkinson’s

    06/27/2008 8:50:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 185+ views
    the anchoress ^ | 06.12.08
    Breakthrough: Adult Stem Cells & Parkinson’s Great - and, for anyone following the stunning medical advances being made thanks to ADULT Stem Cell Research - unsurprising news on the Parkinson’s front. Just as numerous spinal cord injuries are being successfully treated with ASC taken from nasal cavities, it looks there sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease may be helped, too.Scientists Say Cure for Parkinson's Disease Right under Their Noses SYDNEY, Australia, June 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - New research on stem-cell therapy shows scientists have found that the cure for Parkinson’s disease may lie right under one’s nose - or rather, in it....
  • Israeli therapy uses adult stem cells to treat Parkinson's Disease

    03/31/2005 5:14:36 AM PST · by IAF ThunderPilot · 7 replies · 550+ views
    Israel21c ^ | March 27, 2005 | Roberta Neiger
    Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics has developed a novel stem cell therapy to treat Parkinson's Disease - using a patient's own bone marrow stem cells to produce the missing chemical that enables restoration of motor movement. The process - which successfully alleviated symptoms of Parkinson's in rats - will be tested on monkeys next year, with human clinical trials scheduled for the following year. About 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson's, a chronic progressive neurodegenerative disease. Parkinson's affects those brain cells responsible for production of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that directs motor movement. Insufficient dopamine levels result in tremor, rigidity, slowness...
  • Artificial Stem Cells May Cure Parkinson’s Disease

    05/05/2008 8:26:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 360+ views
    The Future Of Things ^ | May 05, 2008 | Michal Dekel
    A study recently conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) showed for the first time that artificially created stem cells can be used to treat Parkinson’s disease. In another research project conducted at the Imperial College in London, scientists identified the source of nerve cells in the embryo. The findings of these research projects have led scientists to believe stem cells can be used in new therapies for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative neurological disorder that occurs when nerve cells (neurons) in an area of the brain that controls muscle movement die or become impaired. Currently,...
  • Parkinson's victim improves with transplant of own Stem cells

    04/09/2002 6:58:03 AM PDT · by rface · 18 replies · 524+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON - A transplant of a man's own brain cells has treated his Parkinson's disease, clearing up the trembling and muscle rigidity that characterize the disease, researchers reported yesterday.</p> <p>The researchers believe they isolated and nurtured adult stem cells from the patient's brain, cells that they re-injected to restore normal function.</p>
  • The Testimony of Dr. Michel F. Levesque, M.D., on Adult Stem Cells treating Parkinson's Disease

    12/02/2006 7:18:51 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 792+ views
    Science, Technology, and Space Hearing ^ | 07.14.04 | Michel F. Levesque, MD
    My name is Michel Lévesque, and I am a physician, neuroscientist and neurosurgeon based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I am Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the UCLA School of Medicine and member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute. I am also the founder of NeuroGeneration, a biotechnology company pioneering autologous neural stem cell therapies, and Chairman of the Foundation for Neural Repair, a not-for-profit foundation, sponsoring translational research to accelerate human trials using neural stem cells. Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, I want to thank you for the opportunity to testify today on our...
  • The Testimony of Dr. Dennis Turner about Treating his Parkinson's Disease using Adult Stem Cells

    12/02/2006 7:18:45 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 699+ views
    Science, Technology, and Space Hearing ^ | 07.14.04 | Dr. Dennis Turner
    Thank you, Chairman Brownback, for your interest in Parkinson’s Disease, in my treatment by Dr. Levesque, and in my hopes and concerns for the future. For fourteen years I’ve had Parkinson’s Disease. This irreversible disease involves the slow destruction of specialized cells in the brain, called Dopamine Neurons. By early 1991 I suffered extreme shaking of the right side of my body, stiffness in my gait and movements. After some years of medication, I developed fluctuation and poor response to Sinemet. This made daily activities needing the coordinated use of both hands hard or impossible, such as putting in contact...
  • Human embryonic stem cells show potential in treating rats with Parkinson's symptoms

    12/02/2006 8:27:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 888+ views
    News-Medical.Net ^ | 2-Dec-2006 | NA
    Brain cells derived from human embryonic stem cells improved the condition of rats with Parkinson's-like symptoms dramatically, but the treatment caused a significant problem - the appearance of brain tumors - that scientists are now working to solve. The study is featured on the cover of the November issue of Nature Medicine. The work was reported by neurologist Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and chief of its Division of Cell and Gene Therapy, and Neeta Roy, Ph.D., assistant professor of Neurology at Cornell's Weill Medical College. "The results are a real...
  • Real-World Successes of Adult Stem Cell Treatments

    12/02/2006 7:28:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 682+ views
    FRC ^ | Mr. Bradley R. Hughes Jr.
    With increasing frequency, American citizens and others from around the globe are experiencing newfound freedom from disease, affliction, and infirmity. Individuals' lives are forever changed with the strengthened faith and renewed hope that arise from healed bodies and physical restoration. These seemingly miraculous cures are the result of adult stem cell treatments. Yet the debates in the popular media tend to ignore and obscure the medical breakthroughs made by adult stem cell research--success that has conspicuously eluded embryonic stem cell treatments.[1]  Adult stem cells (or, more accurately, tissue stem cells) are regenerative cells of the human body that possess the...
  • Stem-cell treatment for Parkinson's brings mixed results

    10/26/2006 11:37:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 512+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 22 October 2006 | Kerri Smith
    Close window Published online: 22 October 2006; | doi:10.1038/news061016-16 Stem-cell treatment for Parkinson's brings mixed resultsAlmost total relief of symptoms tempered by hints of cancerous side effects.Kerri Smith A rat's movement troubles can be almost completely cured with transplants of fresh neurons.Alamy The symptoms of Parkinson's disease have been relieved in rats using a stem-cell treatment. But a potentially cancerous side effect might put the brakes on such therapies for humans. Parkinson's disease kills off neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine, leading to problems with movement and balance. Most treatments currently involve replenishing the dopamine through drugs. But researchers...
  • Adult Stem Cells: It's Not Pie-in-the-Sky

    03/13/2005 4:26:27 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 23 replies · 1,820+ views
    Focus on the Family ^ | February 3, 2005 | Carrie Gordon Earll
    Embryonic stem cells have not cured or successfully treated a single patient. Contrast that with the more than 70 conditions that are treatable using non-embryonic stem cell therapies. One of the hottest debates in bioethics today surrounds research using stem cells taken from either in vitro fertilization or cloned human embryos. From state legislatures and the halls of Congress to the United Nation, the controversy over whether to ban (or fund) such research rages. Human cloning for embryonic stem cell research creates human embryos virtually identical to a patient’s genetic composition. The embryo’s stem cells are then harvested — a...
  • Adult Stem-Cell Treatments: A Better Way

    12/02/2005 3:27:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 677+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 12.01.05 | Stephanie Porowski & Emma Elliott
    Adult stem-cell research may lead one day to cures for terminal and debilitating diseases "I hope we will always be guided by both intellect and heart, by both our capabilities and our conscience." -President George W. Bush1 Few areas of scientific study hold as much potential as adult stem-cell research. This research is already generating medical breakthroughs and treatments for debilitating diseases and disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries, sickle cell anemia and Parkinson's. Indeed, scientists laud stem-cell treatments as the "miracle cure" of the 21st century. Unlike so many areas of biotechnology, adult stem cells do not spark a...
  • Discovery Offers New Insight Into Parkinson's

    06/22/2006 11:32:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 501+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Biologists say they have gained a new insight into the basic cause of Parkinson's disease that, if confirmed, could lead to a novel class of drugs. The cause of the disease appears to lie in the nerve cell's internal delivery system for shuttling packets of chemicals around, a team of researchers led by Susan Lindquist of the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Mass., report in today's issue of Science. Tremors and other symptoms of Parkinson's result from the death of certain neurons. Another sign of the disease is the appearance inside these neurons of clumps of protein known as Lewy bodies....
  • Study: Bone Marrow Stem Cells May be Successful in Treating Parkinson's and MS

    05/02/2006 4:38:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 586+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/2/06 | LifeSiteNews
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., May 2, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The results of a study published in the April issue of Stem Cells and Development suggest that human stem cells derived from bone marrow are predisposed to develop into a variety of nerve cell types, supporting the promise of developing stem cell-based therapies to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. Stem Cells and Development, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., carries the paper, entitled "Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Express Neural Genes, Suggesting a Neural Predisposition." (online here http://www.liebertpub.com/scd)The surprising results lend a new perspective...
  • New Findings Support Promise of Using Stem Cells to Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases

    05/02/2006 12:52:15 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies · 537+ views
    The results of a study published in the April issue of Stem Cells and Development suggest that human stem cells derived from bone marrow are predisposed to develop into a variety of nerve cell types, supporting the promise of developing stem cell-based therapies to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. Stem Cells and Development is a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com  ). The paper, entitled "Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Express Neural Genes, Suggesting a Neural Predisposition," is available free online at www.liebertpub.com/scd.  These surprising results lend a new perspective to stem cell...
  • (Lane) Evans' brothers given temporary guardianship

    04/18/2006 7:36:33 PM PDT · by TheRealDBear · 8 replies · 363+ views
    The Quincy Herald-Whig ^ | April 18, 2006 | Doug Wilson
    <p>A judge from Rock Island County ruled Monday that U.S. Rep. Lane Evans is "incapable of fully managing his own estate and person" and granted temporary guardianship to Evans' brothers.</p> <p>Evans, 54, announced last month that he is withdrawing from his re-election bid in the 17th District. The 12-term Democrat was first diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1995 and made his condition public in 1998.</p>
  • Alpha-Synuclein and Parkinson's Disease - Folding@Home Success

    03/09/2006 2:46:13 AM PST · by texas booster · 69 replies · 2,256+ views
    The Journal of Neuroscience ^ | M.G. Spillantini et al.
    Brain Briefings Proteins carry out many crucial functions in the body and brain. Researchers, however, are finding out that some have a sinister side. Recent studies indicate that negative influences can turn the protein, alpha-synuclein, into a major contributor of the movement-impairing disorder, Parkinson's disease. The insights may lead to new ways to treat the brain disease as well as other related ailments. A protein inside the brain, dubbed alpha-synuclein, lives a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde existence. Normally, alpha-synuclein (AS) aids brain function, possibly by helping cells communicate with one another. Recent studies, however, show that certain forces negatively...
  • First Skin Patch to Treat Depression

    03/01/2006 10:46:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 637+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 03.01.06 | NA
    WEDNESDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- The first transdermal patch to treat depression has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA approval was based on results of two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of Emsam. One study found that six weeks of treatment with Emsam was more effective than a non-medicinal placebo in relieving symptoms of major depression disorder in adults, United Press International reported. The once-a-day patch works by delivering selegiline, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI, through the skin and into the bloodstream. Emsam is designed to interact with three brain neurotransmitters that are believed to...
  • Man sues drug company, casinos after losing $14 million

    02/22/2006 5:03:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 70 replies · 2,096+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 2/22/06 | Claire Osborn
    When the retired doctor from Austin suddenly began spending big money in Las Vegas, the casinos assigned him a "host" and gave him first-class airfare, hotel suites, meals and shopping trips for his wife, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin. The casinos even gave him an Alaskan cruise, the lawsuit says. The retired doctor, Max Wells, kept coming back, the lawsuit says — and kept losing money. By the fall of 2005, Wells had lost $7 million, the lawsuit says. By January, another $7 million. Now Wells is suing the casinos and a major drug company,...
  • Castro has Parkinson's disease, CIA has concluded

    11/15/2005 8:44:43 PM PST · by nypokerface · 80 replies · 2,656+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 11/15/05 | PABLO BACHELET AND FRANCES ROBLES
    WASHINGTON - The CIA has alerted policymakers over the potential eroding of Fidel Castro's health. The CIA recently concluded that Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffers from Parkinson's disease and has warned U.S. policymakers to be ready for trouble if the 79-year-old ruler's health erodes over the next few years. If true, the CIA's assessment of the nonfatal but debilitating condition would mean Castro may be entering a period where doctors say the symptoms grow more evident, medicines are less effective and mental functions start to deteriorate. Although Castro's brother Raúl, head of the armed forces, has been anointed as his...
  • Muhammad Ali appearance dispels fears over health

    11/09/2005 1:43:43 PM PST · by george76 · 84 replies · 2,246+ views
    breitbart ^ | Nov 09
    Ailing boxing legend Muhammad Ali swapped wisecracks with President George W. Bush in his first public appearance in five months which dispelled recent fears over his health. Ali, 63, went to the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, from Bush. He appeared weak from his longstanding battle against Parkinson's Disease but attentive throughout the ceremony in the East Room of the White House, applauding each recipient. Ali's first public appearance in five months
  • Major stem cell breakthrough on brain disease

    03/13/2005 5:25:43 PM PST · by wagglebee · 37 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 3/12/05 | IAN JOHNSTON
    A SAFE treatment for Parkinson’s disease sufferers could be available in as little as three years following new research into stem cell therapy. Scientists at the world-renowned Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, have managed for the first time to culture stem cells - which can turn into any kind of human cell from heart to skin - without using animal-derived products, in a development described as "very important" by the Parkinson’s Disease Society. Other researchers have demonstrated that stem cells from pigs can help reverse symptoms of Parkinson’s disease when implanted in a sufferer’s brain. However, this carries the risk that...
  • Many See Hope in Parkinson's Drug Pulled From Testing

    11/25/2004 8:44:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,813+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 26, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    With his condition deteriorating from Parkinson's disease last year, Steve Kaufman gave up making improvements to his home in Algonquin, Ill. "I couldn't even hold a nail stable," he recalled. Earlier this year, after taking an experimental drug in a clinical trial, Mr. Kaufman built new kitchen cabinets and an outdoor deck. He was so steady he could walk across a narrow piece of lumber like an Olympic gymnast on the balance beam. The drug, however, is no longer available to Mr. Kaufman or other Parkinson's patients in clinical trials. In June, its developer, Amgen, announced that the drug, which...
  • ABORTED FOETAL TISSUE USELESS AND DANGEROUS AS PARKINSONS TREATMENT

    12/05/2002 9:33:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 467+ views
    LifeSite ^ | December 3, 2002
    Second Aborted Foetal Tissue Study Shows 'Treatment' Causes Patients Severe DamageNEW YORK, December 3, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In what is being described as the death knell for the use of aborted baby tissue in Parkinson's treatment, a second study has had catastrophic results debilitating permanently many of the human subjects involved. A recent study conducted by Warren Olanow, a neuroscientist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that of the 23 Parkinson's patients who received transplants of aborted foetal tissue, 13 developed severe uncontrollable movements. While the results of the study are only to be published in...