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The following story was found at http://www.spiritindia.com/health-care-news-articles-1590.html

Regular use of the pain-relieving nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) may delay or prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease, according to data from roughly 147,000 U.S. men and women enrolled in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutritional Cohort.

In 1992, subjects provided information on four types of commonly used analgesics. In 2001, they provided information on the occurrence of Parkinson’s disease. The researchers detected 413 cases of Parkinson’s disease during follow up.

“We found that individuals who regularly used ibuprofen had about a 35 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than non-users,” Dr. Alberto Ascherio, of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, told.

Specifically, compared to those who did not use NSAIDs, users of 2 to 7 ibuprofen tablets per week had about a 28 percent reduced relative risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, while those who reported using 1 or more tablets per day had a 38 percent reduced risk of Parkinson’s.

No associations were observed between the risk of PD and the use of aspirin, other NSAIDs, or acetaminophen.

“These findings suggest that ibuprofen could contribute to the prevention of Parkinson’s disease,” Ascherio said. “Because of the progressive nature of the degenerative process, it is also possible that this drug could be beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s, but this should be tested in randomized clinical trials.”

“It would be premature for people with Parkinson’s disease to start taking ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs,” Ascherio cautioned. “Albeit promising, these findings are insufficient to support a change in current therapeutical practice.”

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I have been informed that a member of our group has passed on. The following  was published in today’s Tallahassee Democrat.

Lucille L. Harris, 74, died Monday, August 27, 2007. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Marm M. Harris. The service will be at 2 p.m. EDT Friday at Timberlane Church of Christ, with burial at Culley’s MeadowWood Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home, Timberlane Road Chapel (850-893-4177) is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, New York, NY 10018. A native of Buckeye, Arkansas, she made Tallahassee her home in 1980, coming from Omaha, Nebraska. She was an active member of Timberlane Church of Christ. She was a former member of the volunteer auxiliary at Tallahassee Community Hospital. Other survivors include a daughter, Karen Kubie (and husband Bob) of Tallahassee; a son, David T. Harris (and wife Francoise) of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Juanita DeLong (and husband Don) of Homosassa Springs, Sue Crough of Sebastian and Bettye Eiceman of Jonesboro, Arkansas; and five grandchildren, Alex, Stefanie and Leticia Harris and Chuck Kubie and Blaire Kubie.
Published in the Tallahassee Democrat on 8/30/2007.

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Randy passed along this note he received,

Dear Randy,

Thank you so much for your newletter web site.  It is a wealth of knowledge and interesting.

If anyone is open to an excellent nutritionist I recommend Henry Hall who has been in business for over thirty years.  He can be reached at 878-4100.

Joan Guilday

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Posted HELP WANTED

Sam

Help Wanted: Looking for energetic individual with some spare time to devote to almost two year old organization. The position is that of president of the NFPAG. It is felt that a person fitting the description is already among us, just waiting for the call. We already have a supporting cast in place and our group is just ready and waiting to sink their teeth into one of the plans already on the drawing board. We are ready to go and just need a little guidance from the correct person. Those interested please contact Randy McCoy (385-8186) or Ms. Pat Hunt (214-4470).

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After taking in a show from NFPAG’s very own golden voices a local resident wrote a letter that appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. I think the praise deserves more performances!

TD Letter

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From The Parkinson’s Action Network                                                                                                                                    The Senate Considers Expanding Stem Cell Research in a New Way
Ask Your Senators to Support this New Plan!

Recently, the Senate added a new section to the funding bill, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations–known in short as “Labor-HHS Appropriations”–that would provide an incremental measure to expand ethical embryonic stem cell research.The provision simply moves the date of the current federal policy on stem cell research from August 9, 2001, to June 15, 2007, while retaining the strong ethical guidelines contained in S. 5.PAN, along with the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), is supporting this measure, but it does not diminish our efforts to override the President’s veto and enact S. 5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act!

Now is the time to educate your senators about this new stem cell strategy! Let them know that you support the incremental effort to allow more stem cell lines available for research, and tell them about the hope it provides you and your family for better treatments and a cure. We expect a vote on the larger appropriations bill before August but will keep you informed as we hear more about when the “Labor-HHS Appropriations” bill is headed for a vote.To read more about stem cells and PAN’s endorsement of the new stem cell strategy, click here.

Please Contact:

Sen. Mel Martinez

Sen. Bill Nelson

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The last meeting of the NFPAG was held on August 11, 2007 at 2pm. Fifteen members were present.

Members were welcomed by acting president, Randy McCoy.

The secretary’s report of the July meeting was accepted. **

Next, there was a long and lively discussion about organizational dues. Several motions were proposed and after discussions, were withdrawn because of conflicting proposals of the method of charging/collecting dues. Motions and discussions centered on the following:

  • Putting a hold on dues for 2008
  • Charging $15.00 annually unless someone cannot or will not be able to pay
  • No one will be denied membership because of an inability to pay the dues
  • Those paying annual dues will be voting members
  • Dues should be paid based on fiscal year
  • Dues will be paid annually on September 1st or 30th
  • Prorate dues for those who have paid prior to the agreed annual date

It was decided since there was no agreement on the proposals that the officers should meet to discuss options and bring proposals back to the members to vote on.

 During the discussion of new business, several projects were mentioned:

  • To provide orientation which will enable members to become counselors in order to provide information to those newly diagnosed with Parkinsons
  • Generate member volunteers to provide transportation to those who cannot otherwise attend
  • To hold a fundraiser at the the golf course
  • Create an equipment closet i.e., walkers and wheelchairs
  • To have Steve teach rudimentary sign language to volunteers who will work with those individuals with Parkinsons who cannot speak
  •  To have a booth at the annual Bradley’s Country Store festival in the fall
  • To work on a revised organization brochure

The next meeting will be on October 13, 2007. Time and Place to be announced.

Meeting was adjourned.

**( Due to the open nature of this website, financial information will not be posted here. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the treasurer’s report, please email nfpag1@gmail.com.)

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