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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...

Behind Robin Williams' Suicide: Canceled TV Show?

Sources say cancellation of 'The Crazy Ones' hit him hard

(Newser) - Robin Williams was struggling with his Parkinson's diagnosis , which he reportedly received five months before his death—but multiple sources tell TMZ that the diagnosis wasn't the reason for his suicide, though it did "exacerbate" the chronic depression he'd lived with for so long. Parkinson's...

Michael J. Fox 'Stunned' Williams Had Parkinson's

He praises 'famously kind' actor for support

(Newser) - Michael J. Fox says he was "stunned" to discover that his friend, supporter, and former prime-time rival Robin Williams also suffered from Parkinson's Disease . "Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace,...

Robin Williams Had Parkinson's: Wife

Susan Schneider reveals he was in early stages of the disease

(Newser) - A bombshell from Robin Williams' wife: The actor had been diagnosed with Parkinson's before his death. "Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety, as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not...

Parkinson&#39;s Drug Gives Woman &#39;Unwelcome&#39; Orgasms

 Parkinson's Drug 
 Gives Woman 

Parkinson's Drug Gives Woman 'Unwelcome' Orgasms

It's the first time this symptom has been reported

(Newser) - Apparently not everyone wants to have multiple orgasms a day. While the typical side effects of the Parkinson's drug rasagiline are flulike symptoms, depression, stomach problems, and joint pain, for one woman the side effect was spontaneous orgasms that began to disrupt her days—typically three to five of...

Linda Ronstadt Has Parkinson's

67-year-old tells AARP she can no longer sing

(Newser) - It looks like Linda Ronstadt's singing days are over. The 67-year-old tells that she was diagnosed with Parkinson's 8 months ago, though she now suspects she's had it much longer:
  • “I couldn’t sing, and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it

Olympics Spectator 'Arrested for Not Smiling'

Police thought man looked suspicious ... but that was because of his Parkinson's

(Newser) - London police worried about Olympic security spotted a man along a route for cyclists who looked suspicious to them. He looked almost grim, and with the cyclists approaching, they feared he might be up to something. After officers handcuffed him and took him to the local station, they learned the...

Parkinson’s Drug May Speed Brain Injury Recovery

Amantadine hydrochloride shown to accelerate improvement

(Newser) - Good news for patients suffering from severe brain injuries: A drug used to treat Parkinson's disease could accelerate their recovery. The drug, amantadine hydrochloride, was tested against a placebo in a blind study of 184 patients. The group receiving the drug showed more improvement—not a lot more, but...

Back From the Future: Nike Releases Genuine Air Mags

1,500 pairs being auctioned on eBay for Parkinson's research

(Newser) - They're the most famous shoes never made—until now. They're the Nike Air Mags, the LED-covered high-tops Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future Part II. Now, as Gizmodo gushes , they can be yours for a limited time ... for the right price. Nike has made just 1,...

Scientists Develop Wireless Mind Control Device

Soon there won't be wires in the way of your brainwashing

(Newser) - You're one step closer to having your movement and sexual arousal controlled by somebody else, but the huge, obtrusive helmet you'd have to wear would probably tip you off. A scientist at MIT has developed a method for wireless mind control in mice, reports Discover . The helmet triggers...

Dad Sues Drug Firm for Sex Addiction

Drug packaging warns of possible hypersexuality, gambling problems

(Newser) - A French man is suing a drug firm for his addiction to sex and gambling, claiming a medication he was taking to control his Parkinson's disease triggered compulsive behavior. The claim isn't so far fetched. Experts say that dopamine agonists like that found in the drug Requip, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline,...

John Paul's 'Miracle' Shows Catholic Church's Hypocrisy

Michael Kinsley: If we used stem cells, we wouldn't need miracles

(Newser) - News that the Vatican has given the late pontiff John Paul II credit for a miracle related to Parkinson's leads Michael Kinsley—who has Parkinson's himself—to one conclusion: "The Roman Catholic Church has either a very good or a very bad sense of humor." After all, if...

Corpse Meister Plans to Exhibit Own Body

Gunther von Hagens suffering from Parkinson's

(Newser) - The German anatomist famous for his displays of preserved corpses is preparing to become part of one of his own exhibitions. Gunther von Hagens, who pioneered the "plastination" technique of preserving corpses by injecting them with plastics, is suffering from Parkinson's disease and says the symptoms are becoming impossible...

Protein Discovery Could Spur 'Gold Rush' for New Drugs

Identification of key brain proteins could aid treatment of conditions

(Newser) - Scientists are hailing a potential breakthrough in the treatment of 130 conditions following the identification of more than 1,400 crucial brain proteins. When faulty, these proteins have been found to contribute to conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, autism, and learning disabilities, and their identification could accelerate the...

Scandal Threatens John Paul II's Sainthood

Questions swirl over late Pope's record on abuse

(Newser) - Questions swirled about John Paul II's legacy at a ceremony yesterday marking the 5th anniversary of his death. The inexplicable healing of a young French nun from Parkinson's disease had seemed like the miracle required for his sainthood. But, according to a Polish newspaper, there are now doubts the nun...

Michael J. Fox Gets a PhD
 Michael J. Fox Gets a PhD 

Michael J. Fox Gets a PhD

Actor awarded a doctorate for work on Parkinson's disease

(Newser) - Michael J. Fox will soon become Michael J. Fox, PhD. The Karolinska Institute—the Nobel Prize people—will award the actor an honorary doctorate for his philanthropic work toward finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. "I'm grateful to the Board of Research and to the Karolinska Institute for this...

Scientists Create Brain Cells From Skin Cells

Stanford breakthrough in mice skips stem cell stage

(Newser) - In what's being heralded as "a huge leap forward," Stanford researchers have successfully turned mouse skin cells into fully functioning brain cells. The process, which took less than a week, upends thinking on how cells develop specialized roles, and could help minimize the controversial role of embryonic stem...

Agent Orange Linked to Risk of Parkinson's, Heart Disease

(Newser) - Exposure to Agent Orange appears to increase the risk of developing heart disease and Parkinson’s, a congressionally mandated report says. The carcinogenic defoliant has not been definitively linked with the illnesses, but a professor who led the report says there is “limited or suggestive evidence of an association....

Ex-NBA Star Grant Battles Parkinson's

Retired forward hopes to help other early-onset sufferers

(Newser) - Retired NBA forward Brian Grant has gone public with his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, ESPN reports. The former player, whose career included stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Miami Heat, said tests in January confirmed he had the disease. He decided to come forward now to...

Grab a Latte, It Could Be Good for You

Coffee, caffeine may have health benefits

(Newser) - Get this: Coffee's not bad for you, and it could have health benefits. New studies do a better job of separating the effects of coffee from those of its formerly frequent partner, cigarettes, the Los Angeles Times reports. And when you look beyond caffeine, "coffee is a complex beverage...

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