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People with Parkinson's disease are invited to participate in study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers at the University of Iowa College of Medicine are inviting interested persons with Parkinson's disease to participate in a study to test the effectiveness of a new drug treatment for the disease.

To be eligible for the study, which is being conducted in the UI department of neurology, persons must have never been treated with L-dopa, the most common drug currently prescribed for the disease.

According to Dr. Robert Rodnitzky, professor of neurology and principal investigator for the study, about one percent of persons over the age of 55 have the disease. It is more common on a per capita basis in Iowa than in many other areas, due to the state's number of elderly people.

Persons interested in participating in the study should contact Judy Dobson, (319) 356-8958.

3/10/97