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US study links pesticides to Parkinson’s disease

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US researchers said Friday they have found that people who used two specific varieties of pesticide were 2.5 times as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. The pesticides, paraquat and rotenone, are not approved for house and garden use. Previous research on animals has linked paraquat to Parkinson’s…

John Paul II to be beatified May 1

VATICAN CITY — John Paul II is to be beatified on May 1 — a key step on the path to sainthood — the Vatican announced on Friday, after Pope Benedict XVI signed an official decree. The beatification was given the nod by Benedict because of John Paul II’s “imposing…

New blood test could detect Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON — US scientists may have found a new way to use a blood test to search for clues of Alzheimer’s disease, a discovery that if proven could extend to other ailments, said a study released Thursday. “If this works in Alzheimer’s disease, it suggests it is a pretty general…

Promising Parkinson’s drug in pipeline: study

A drug designed to treat high blood pressure also diminishes the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in mice, a study published Thursday has reported. Because the drug, isradipine, has already been approved for human use, it could soon be available for Parkinson’s patients, the lead researcher told AFP. A preliminary,…

Study: Brain energy crisis may spark Parkinson’s

HEALTHBEAT: Failing energy factories in the brain suspected in illnesses like Parkinson’s Parkinson’s disease may stem from an energy crisis in the brain, years before symptoms appear. If the research pans out, it points to a possible new approach for Parkinson’s: Giving a boost to a key power switch inside…

Health bill protesters jeer at man with Parkinson’s disease

The passion against health care reform has elevated to such a level that protesters on Tuesday mocked an apparent Parkinson’s Disease victim, scorning him as a “communist” who is looking for “handouts.” Protesters on both ends of the health care debate squared off in competing rallies outside the Columbus, Ohio…

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