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Caffeine may help in Parkinson's treatment: study


A new study has found that caffeine may help those with Parkinson's disease.


Bruce Bennett

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Researchers at McGill University in Montreal found that just a few cups of coffee per day helped relieve shaking and trembling experienced by those with the disease.

HealthDay reported that the small study of 61 individuals showed that having about three cups of coffee per day improved patients motor skills and reduced stiffness.

The so-called "cups" were actually caffeine pills taken three times per day and meant to mimic the real thing, said Reuters.

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"Caffeine treats Parkinson's disease," said study author, Ronald Postuma, of McGill University, reported the Daily Mail.

"There was a modest effect on sleepiness that didn't reach statistical significance, but I think it was clear that it helps patients.

Researchers were cautiously optimistic given the improvement was only mild.

"Where we saw the most potential benefit from caffeine was on motor aspects and symptoms," said Postuma, according to HealthDay.

"People felt better and were more energetic. You could see on the exam that they were better."

The study was published in the online addition of the journal Neurology.