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July 20, 2005

Star Trek Star James Doohan Dies From Alzheimer's Disease

James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85. Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said. (AP)

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July 14, 2005

Brad Pitt Has Viral Meningitis

Film star Brad Pitt was released on Wednesday from a Los Angeles hospital where he had been admitted for a flu-like illness that turned out to be viral meningitis, his spokeswoman said. (Reuters)

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July 13, 2005

Lorenzo's Oil Effective Against ALD

In an apparent case of life imitating art, Lorenzo's oil -- the subject of a 1992 movie starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon -- appears to reduce the risk of debilitating disease in boys with a genetic disorder called X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which damages nerve cells in the brain. (HealthDay News)

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July 12, 2005

Cholesterol Drugs Don't Help Dementia

Those who believe that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs will reduce their risk for Alzheimer's disease may want to reconsider. A large study published yesterday in Archives of Neurology found no proof that the drugs affected the risk of developing dementia from any cause - Alzheimer's, vascular dementia or the two combined. (

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July 11, 2005

Parkinson's Drug Linked to Gambling

Joe Neglia was a retired government intelligence worker with Parkinson's disease when he suddenly developed what he calls a gambling habit from hell. After losing thousands of dollars playing slot machines near his California home several times a day for nearly two years, Neglia stumbled across an Internet report linking a popular Parkinson's drug he used with compulsive gambling. (AP)

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