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Parkinson's News in Brief: February 2010

What's new in Parkinson's research?  In this quarterly science update, read about recent research done by PDF-funded researchers Melissa J. Nirenberg, M.D., Ph.D., and Roy N. Alcalay, M.D.  Also browse our past PD ExpertBriefings for the latest information in PD research and management.

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Reduction in Parkinson’s Medications Tied to Withdrawal Syndrome

Can the reduction in certain PD medications lead to withdrawal symptoms like those seen in individuals with drug dependence or addiction?  According to Dr. Melissa Nirenberg, in some people, the answer is yes.   Read details of her recently published study to find out the risk factors for dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome (DAWS).
Learn About Dr. Nirenberg’s Study


Spotlight on Research Funded by PDF

People with Parkinson’s and doctors alike agree that PD symptoms and prognoses can vary from person to person.  That’s why Dr. Alcalay and his colleagues at Columbia University are pursuing a theory that Parkinson’s may actually be made up of several subtypes that need to be treated differently. 
Learn About Dr. Alcalay’s Work 

Online PD ExpertBriefings: The Latest in PD Research and Management

Did you miss any of the PD ExpertBriefings in PDF’s online educational series?  You can view our past seminars, including, “Parkinson’s Disease and its Treatment: Secrets, Myths and Misconceptions,” at anytime from the comfort of your own home!  Also save the date for the next seminar, “What’s in the PD Pipeline?” discussing potential new therapies for PD, which will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at 1 PM ET.
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Learn About “What’s in the PD Pipeline?”


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