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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

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 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...

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

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...

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

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...

Robin Williams' Widow: He Had Just 3 Years Left to Live

Susan Williams talks about his final months, days

(Newser) - More than a year after he took his own life, Robin Williams' widow is talking about his final days. In interviews with People and Good Morning America , Susan Williams says that it was Lewy Body Dementia or DLB, an incurable brain disease commonly associated with Parkinson's , that drove her...

Woman Can Smell Disease That's Very Hard to Diagnose

She may lead scientists to a 'life-changing' diagnostic test for Parkinson's

(Newser) - Joy Milne noticed a small difference in her husband just before he turned 40. "His smell changed," the Scottish woman tells the BBC . "It wasn't all of a sudden. It was very subtle—a musky smell." He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease six years...

Girl With Odd Brain Disorder Is Homecoming Queen

MichaelAnn Byrne is happy about it, too

(Newser) - A girl who can only communicate with motions and facial expressions said that all she wanted was to have 100 new friends. Now she's been named Homecoming Queen at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa., at the very point in life where her condition may well worsen, PennLive...

Your Medication Could Be Making You More Selfish

Two common drugs alter a person's moral compass: study

(Newser) - Medications do more than treat an illness: Certain ones may also make you more considerate or selfish. A new study finds two common medications, an antidepressant and a treatment for Parkinson's disease, actually alter your moral compass, reports Medical Daily . Researchers assigned 89 healthy people a dose of the...

Study: To Exercise More Intensely, Use Your Brain

Doing cognitive tasks while exercising may increase workout speed

(Newser) - That person reading a book on the treadmill may be on to something. A University of Florida study published last month in PLOS ONE showed that older people may be able to exercise more intensely—and gain the benefits associated with that—by doing two things at once. The scientists...

Compulsive Sex, Gambling Tied to Parkinson's Drugs

Researchers say dopamine agonists should get black-box warnings

(Newser) - Parkinson's drugs are known for a range of side effects, including hallucinations, psychosis, and extreme drowsiness. But researchers say there's also a clear link between the use of some of these drugs and impulse control issues that result in hypersexuality, compulsive gambling, and uncontrollable spending, reports LiveScience . Looking...

Romneys Opening Center to Fight Brain Disease

Will focus on Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments with no cure

(Newser) - Their legacy already established in politics, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, are working to leave a lasting mark on neuroscience. Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital today will announce the launch of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, a venture funded by the Romneys and their expansive...

Early Parkinson's Disease Doubles Depression Risk

Insight into Robin Williams' mental health?

(Newser) - A study is linking new cases of Parkinson's to depression and anxiety—shortly after it emerged that Robin Williams was in the early stages of the disease . In a look at 423 patients who'd recently been diagnosed, researchers found that the incidence of depression and anxiety was twice...

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