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Congresswoman Will Retire After Diagnosis Worsens

Democrat Jennifer Wexton of Virginia has 'Parkinson's on steroids'

(Newser) - When congresswoman Jennifer Wexton of Virginia revealed that she had Parkinson's earlier this year, the 55-year-old said she planned to continue serving in Congress for years to come. On Monday, however, the Democrat announced that while she'll serve out her current term, she won't seek reelection because...

Research Finds Clues to Spread of Huntington's, Alzheimer's

Finding also could help combat Parkinson's

(Newser) - A finding about the progression of Huntington's disease might inform efforts to prevent its spread through the brain—and help the fight against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, as well. Scientists know that neurodegenerative diseases occur when proteins in the brain fold into an abnormal shape and start to...

Michael J. Fox on Parkinson's: 'It's Banging on the Door'

Iconic actor says things are getting 'tougher'

(Newser) - Michael J. Fox has lived with Parkinson's disease for more than three decades now, but in a new interview, the beloved actor says he doesn't think it'll give him two more. "I’m not gonna be 80. I’m not gonna be 80," Fox, 61,...

Comedian Richard Lewis Has Parkinson's

He's done with stand-up, but will continue acting, writing

(Newser) - Comedian Richard Lewis has been battling Parkinson's Disease for two years, he revealed Sunday in a video posted to Twitter . Lewis, a regular on Curb Your Enthusiasm who just wrapped on the show's 12th season, said he had stopped touring just before his health struggles began, and is...

Virginia Congresswoman: I Have Parkinson's

Jennifer Wexton announces her diagnosis on National Parkinson's Day

(Newser) - Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton survived a dogfight of a re-election campaign in November, but she's got a personal fight on her hands now: As Politico reports, the 54-year-old Democrat revealed on Tuesday that she has Parkinson's disease, saying in a video that if "there’s one thing...

Research Suggests a Link Between Chemical, Parkinson's

Environmental factors must be behind proliferation of disease, expert says

(Newser) - A widely used, cancer-causing industrial chemical could be one factor in the rapid increase in Parkinson's disease, new research shows. Thousands of US sites are contaminated by trichloroethylene, which has been employed to remove paint, gunk from jet engines, and stains from shirts by dry cleaners, the Los Angeles ...

Wife's Sharp Nose Leads to New Test for Parkinson's

Joy Milne noticed her husband smelled different before his official diagnosis

(Newser) - A relatively simple way to detect Parkinson's might be possible thanks to a Scottish woman's unusually sharp sense of smell. As the BBC reports, researchers at the UK's University of Manchester say their newly developed skin-swab test proved to be 95% accurate in a new study published...

Writer Who Captured the 'American Experience' Dead at 84

Larry McMurtry won Pulitzer for 'Lonesome Dove,' Oscar for 'Brokeback Mountain' screenplay

(Newser) - He was a novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction author, known for several books that ended up adapted for the big screen. Larry McMurtry, described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most acclaimed writers of the American experience," died at the age of 84 on Thursday at...

Star Reaches Acceptance on Retiring From Acting

Michael J. Fox will focus on writing instead of memorizing scripts

(Newser) - "My short-term memory is shot," Michael J. Fox said in announcing that he is stepping away from acting. "My time of putting in a twelve-hour workday, and memorizing seven pages of dialogue, is best behind me," the 59-year-old writes in his new book, No Time Like ...

Goodbye, Bilbo Baggins
Bilbo Baggins

Goodbye, Bilbo Baggins

Ian Holm, famous for his role in 'LOTR' series, is dead at 88

(Newser) - British actor Ian Holm, best known for playing an android in Alien and Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film series, has died at the age of 88, per a statement from his agent, report CNN and the Guardian . "It is with great sadness that the actor...

Ozzy to Fans in Wake of New Diagnosis: I Need You

71-year-old rocker says he's been diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's

(Newser) - In a Monday interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, rocker Ozzy Osbourne revealed that 2019 hadn't been a great year for him. In fact, "[it] was the worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life," he said, noting that he'd had a bad...

Parkinson's May Not Start in the Brain
Parkinson's May Begin
in Unexpected Place
new study

Parkinson's May Begin in Unexpected Place

Study adds to evidence that the trouble begins in the gut, travels up

(Newser) - A new study provides the most compelling evidence yet that Parkinson's disease begins in the gut and not the brain, reports New Atlas . If borne out, the findings could lead to preventative treatments that detect flawed proteins in the gut then cut off their path to the brain before...

Appendix Removal Tied to Lower Parkinson's Risk
Where Parkinson's May
Start: the Appendix

Where Parkinson's May Start: the Appendix

But scientists say don't run out and get an appendectomy just yet

(Newser) - Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson's disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut—maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers report. Why?...

Alan Alda: I Have Parkinson's
Alan Alda:
I Have

Alan Alda: I Have Parkinson's

Actor wants people to know it's still possible to live a full life with the disease

(Newser) - Alan Alda revealed on CBS This Morning Tuesday that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease three and a half years ago—and it's important to him that people know he's still been able to live a full life since then. "I've acted, I've given...

Promising Parkinson's Drug Now Has Critics Worried

FDA sped it to market, but reports of deaths rising

(Newser) - The idea is to help people so desperately ill that they can't afford to wait for a drug to clear the standard FDA approval process. The agency received permission in 2012 to give certain drugs, those deemed to provide a "breakthrough therapy" for serious illnesses, a speedier route...

With 'Great Reluctance,' Neil Diamond Retires

Singer has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

(Newser) - Sad news for Neil Diamond fans: The beloved singer has announced his retirement from touring effective immediately because of a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, says he has had to call off the Australia and New Zealand legs of his 50th Anniversary tour, which...

Search for Alzheimer's Treatment Is Dealt a Blow

Pfizer announced R&D on new drugs will cease

(Newser) - The Alzheimer's Association estimates that more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease—and that by 2050, that count could triple. But Pfizer on Saturday announced it's getting out of the Alzheimer's game, at least when it comes to researching potential new drugs. The company...

Rev. Jesse Jackson: I Have Parkinson's
Jesse Jackson:
I Have Parkinson's

Jesse Jackson: I Have Parkinson's

Civil rights leader reveals diagnosis in letter

(Newser) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson has Parkinson's disease, he announced in a letter to friends and supporters Friday. The civil rights leader opens the letter by recounting the 1960 arrest that started his activist journey and noting that God has "protected me and my family from dangers, seen and...

In Milk Drinkers, a Scary Link to Pesticide, Parkinson's

Study finds traces of heptachlor in brains of dairy consumers in Hawaii

(Newser) - Scientists are urging people to watch what they eat—and drink—in a new study linking a pesticide with Parkinson's disease. Researchers note that, for a time, cattle in Hawaii were likely fed a gruel containing traces of heptachlor, used by American pineapple farmers before it was banned in...

Aspirin Holds Promise for Alzheimer's

 Aspirin Holds Promise 
 for Alzheimer's 
study says

Aspirin Holds Promise for Alzheimer's

Study finds new use for salicylic acid

(Newser) - Aspirin is already used for pain relief and as a treatment for cardiovascular disease and even cancer, Medical News Today reports—and now a new study published in PLOS One finds it could also be useful in the fight against Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. The central factor in...

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