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November 4, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
USC researchers have identified a family with an inherited form of Parkinson's disease, providing further evidence that the disorder has a genetic component. New Jersey researchers reported last year on the discovery of the first family with such a history of the disease, which is characterized by tremors, rigidity of the limbs and, often, mental impairment. It affects as many as 1.5 million Americans.
September 12, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
Parkinson's disease is more likely to be environmentally caused rather than inherited, according to a new study by Finnish researchers. The disease, which affects as many as 1.5 million Americans, is characterized by severe tremors, rigidity of the limbs, slow movements and stooped posture. Its cause is unknown. Neurologists at the University of Turku and the University of Helsinki studied the medical records of 16,000 sets of twins born in Finland before 1958 and found 42 cases of Parkinson's.
June 21, 1987 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
U.S. and Canadian researchers are looking for people with early symptoms of Parkinson's disease in the largest study ever of the degenerative brain disorder. The $10-million study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, "is the first major approach to getting at a cure for the disease," said Dr. Ira Shoulson, a professor of neurology at the University of Rochester. The school, which announced the study earlier this month, is one of the country's leading centers for Parkinson's research.
June 14, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A once-prominent neurosurgeon who became a political pariah after criticizing Cuba's healthcare system flew to Argentina, quickly taking advantage of the communist government's surprise decision to let her leave after years of rejecting her requests. Hilda Molina went to visit her ailing 90-year-old mother, who was allowed to leave Cuba months ago; her son and Argentine daughter-in-law; and their children. Molina said she had not decided whether to return to Cuba. Molina was a well-known physician at a government institution until 1994, when she resigned after questioning the ethics of using human stem cell tissue in studies on treating ailments such as Parkinson's disease.
June 23, 2005 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
A second set of participants in an aborted clinical trial has filed a federal lawsuit against Amgen Inc., seeking access to an experimental Parkinson's disease drug. Amgen withdrew the drug in September, saying it was no better than a placebo and could be harmful. The patients said the drug GDNF had helped them. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Lexington, Ky., by eight patients who were treated at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
March 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A preliminary trial on the safety of a drug for use by those with Parkinson's disease surprised scientists when all five patients in the test showed measurable improvement. The drug, GDNF, eliminated the periods of immobility that had occurred as much as 20% of the time before treatment and reduced or stopped the involuntary movements common to the disease, said Clive N. Svendsen of the University of Wisconsin Madison. The findings are in the online issue of Nature Medicine.
July 1, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
People with long-term low-level exposure to pesticides have a 70% higher incidence of Parkinson's disease than people who have not been exposed much to bug sprays, U.S. researchers have reported. Such people include farmers, ranchers and fishermen, the researchers report in the July issue of Annals of Neurology.
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