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2011-06-28 08:00:00

PRINCETON, N.J., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GE Healthcare today announced the availability of DaTscan(TM) (Ioflupane I 123 Injection), in more than 80 hospitals across the US. DaTscan is the first FDA-approved radiopharmaceutical adjunct imaging agent to help physicians evaluate patients with suspected parkinsonian syndromes (PS), such as Parkinson's disease (PD). It gives physicians diagnostic capability that may lead to timely, appropriate treatments for suspected PS patients. "This...

2011-06-23 22:53:00

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed a novel iPhone application that may enable persons with Parkinson's disease and certain other neurological conditions to use the ubiquitous devices to collect data on hand and arm tremors and relay the results to medical personnel. The researchers believe the application could replace subjective tests now used to assess the severity of tremors, while potentially allowing more frequent patient monitoring without costly...

2011-04-22 10:01:00

GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "My sister Janet Reno has Parkinson's. My younger brother has Parkinson's. I have essential tremor. Sometimes we would all shake in unison." So said Maggy Hurchalla, a former Martin County, Fla., commissioner who talked about her family's experience with Parkinson's disease at the opening Monday of the University of Florida's new Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. With her sister, former U.S. Attorney General...

2011-04-07 16:02:03

Medications lose effectiveness for many with longstanding tremors, study finds Deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure to suppress faulty nerve signals, allowed 77 percent of patients to stop the medications used to treat their essential tremors within one year following the surgery, University of South Florida researchers report. "It's a significant finding demonstrating that patients see a lot of symptom improvement with this treatment option," said Andrew Resnick, a research assistant...

2011-03-09 13:01:34

Implanting electrodes into a pea-sized part of the brain can dramatically improve life for people with severe cervical dystonia "“ a rare but extremely debilitating condition that causes painful, twisting neck muscle spasms "“ according to the results of a pilot study led by Jill Ostrem, MD and Philip Starr, MD PhD at the University of California, San Francisco. Today, people with cervical dystonia can be treated with medications or injections of botulinum toxin (e.g.,...

2011-03-09 10:21:00

Noninvasive, deep brain therapy could benefit patients worldwide CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new chapter in medical history opened days ago when noninvasive MR-guided focused ultrasound was used to successfully treat a patient with essential tremor (ET), a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide and causes involuntary shaking of the hands, head, face, eyelids, voice or other muscles. The procedure has been...

2011-01-14 16:05:00

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GE Healthcare announced today the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved DaTscan(TM) (Ioflupane I 123 Injection), a radiopharmaceutical agent intended for use with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging, for the detection of dopamine transporters (DaT) in the brains of adult patients with suspected Parkinsonian syndromes (PS).(1) The first FDA-approved diagnostic imaging agent to help physicians evaluate...

2010-12-09 16:44:00

LENEXA, Kan., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is proud to announce that the United States House of Representatives formally passed House Resolution (H.RES.) 1264 sponsored by Congressman Dennis Moore (Third District - Kansas) officially designating the month of March as "National Essential Tremor Awareness Month." Essential tremor, a neurological movement disorder commonly referred to as "ET", affects nearly 10 million people in the U.S....

2010-10-04 19:36:13

Sensitive new quantitive methods could be used to detect small signs of increased tremor and impaired motor skills caused by exposure to certain metals, and to follow up the treatment of neurological disorders, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. "The aim was to investigate whether quantitative measurement methods, in other words sensitive computer-based methods, could be used to detect small changes in tremor or other motor functions resulting from exposure to low...

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2010-03-19 12:45:00

Using mild electrical signals to stimulate the brain has helped one musician overcome the neurological condition that prevented him from playing the violin, and experts say that the treatment -- known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) -- can be effective for many individuals suffering from essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. Roger Frisch, an associate concertmaster with the Minnesota Orchestra who was diagnosed with essential tumor in 2009, recently underwent the procedure at...


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