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Parkinson’s treated with Victorian era device

A 19th century “vibration chair” has been found by Rush University researchers to significantly improve some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The chair was designed by French anatomist Jean-Martin Charcot (pictured), who is often referred to as the father of modern day neurology. At the time, Charcot reported improvements in his patients, but he […]

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Dopamine therapy turbocharges artistic drive

Pathological gambling and hypersexuality are two of the better documented side-effects of Parkinson’s disease medications, but researchers say that dopamine therapy can also trigger the relentless pursuit of artistic endeavors. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. It also helps to regulate movement and emotional responses and enables people […]

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Parkinson’s Drug Sparks Gambling Fever

Patients with no previous gambling history have racked up betting losses of up to $200,000 after being treated with drugs known as dopamine agonists. The drugs are used to help control the shaking common in Parkinson’s patients but have also triggered bizarre side-effects in some patients. “This is a striking effect,” says J. Eric Ahlskog, […]

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