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Senate Committee is Considering Defense Spending Bill!

Ask Your Senators Today to Support DoD Parkinson’s Research!
This morning, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee marked up the Defense spending bill.  The full Appropriations Committee plans to take up the Defense spending bill Wednesday.  The bill sets the funding levels for all Defense programs, including the Parkinson’s disease research program, Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Research Program (NETRP).  With your help, we hope to make this year an historic one by securing NETRP Parkinson’s disease research funding in the Senate Defense Appropriations bill for the first time.  As you may know, PAN advocates and our congressional champions have successfully secured NETRP funding each year for ten years through the U.S. House of Representatives version of the Defense bill, but NETRP has never been funded in the Senate bill.  Please take a few minutes to e-mail your senators now to ask they support this essential Parkinson’s disease research! Although the Senate has yet to fund Parkinson’s disease research directly in the Senate Defense bill, they have agreed with their congressional colleagues in conference committee each year that this important research must be funded.  In fact, sixteen senators have already expressed their support for NETRP in April of this year.  Let’s encourage our senators to stand up for Parkinson’s disease research from day one by including Parkinson’s funding directly in the Senate Defense bill!

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.”

Some Sad News To Report

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.

Member Recipe Suggestion

Randy forwarded the following recipe to combat constipation.

Version I

Two rounded tablespoons of wheat bran
1/4 cup apple or other fruit juice. Stir until the bran is thoroughly
moistened and some liquid remains.
1/2 cup of applesauce. Warming the mixture in the microwave for
30-60seconds helps soften the bran.

Version II

Two rounded tablespoons of wheat bran
1/4 cup of milk. Stir until the bran is thoroughly moistened and some
liquid remains.
4 oz. of your favorite yoghurt. Warming the mixture in the microwave for
30-60 seconds helps soften the bran.

For smooth sailing, serve twice daily, e.g. after breakfast and dinner.
Follow each serving with a glass of water.

It is noted that wheat bran can be found at Publix in the health food section near the cereal. It can also be found at Fresh Market and probably New Leaf Market as well.

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



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).

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!

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