Diagnosis and Treatment


11 Facts About Parkinson’s Disease You May Not Know

Most people know of Parkinson’s disease and have a good idea of its symptoms, but very few know much more than that about this progressive illness. Since April is Parkinson’s disease awareness month, we’ve put together some simple stats and facts that you can share near and far. This post appeared first on Parkinson’s News Today. With help from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, everydayhealth.com, and ecaring.com, here are 11 facts […]

11 Facts About Parkinson’s Disease You May Not Know

Can Stress Cause Parkinson’s?

Can Stress Cause Parkinson’s?

Read more Conclusion “We speculate that chronic emotional stress may cause dopaminergic cell loss in susceptible individuals and propose that functional somatic syndromes are commonly seen in patients with PD. Dopaminergic dysfunction with abnormalities in striato–thalamo–cortical brain circuits may be the shared underlying cause.”


Control DBS with ipod

You can’t see tremors in Paul Detlefsen’s hands now, but a decade ago, the outlook for this 43-year-old Parkinson’s disease patient looked a lot different. “My symptoms were mostly in the right arm, sever tremors,” he said. Read more


Parkinson’s Patients Could Dance Their Way to Better Health

A recent article in the Harvard Gazette suggests dance as a potential treatment for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). Imaging studies have identified several brain regions involved in the complex, rhythmical, and coordinated movements that constitute dance. The motor cortex is — as with other kinds of voluntary movement — involved in planning, controlling, and executing dance moves. Read more


Prepare for Your Hospital Stay Worksheet

Prepare for Your Hospital Stay Worksheet — Information regarding medications, symptoms and advanced directives in preparation for your hospital stay. Also included is a list of what to inform, ask and know during your hospitalization. View/Download the worksheet here  


The Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Connection To Parkinson’s Disease

By The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s ResearchDo you know anyone who has Parkinson’s disease (PD)? It’s likely – the neurodegenerative disease affects one in 100 people over the age of 60, and more than 5 million people worldwide. Today, medicines exist to alleviate motor symptoms of the disease, but currently there are no treatments that can slow or stop its […]


Gene mutation and Parkinson’s

By and large, Parkinson’s has not been considered to be a genetic disease. The majority of cases are called idiopathic, which simply means that we don’t know what caused the disease. In fact, only about 10 percent of PD cases have been linked to a genetic cause. Mutations in the LRRK2 gene are the most common cause of PD in this relatively […]


Generic Azilect available 

I just had my azilect prescription refilled.  I was able to get the get the  generic (rasagiline mesylate) for the first time. Co-pay of $10 instead of $40.  (


Is It Parkinson’s Disease? Blood Test Might Tell

Measuring a particular blood protein might help doctors easily distinguish Parkinson’s disease from some similar disorders, a new study suggests. The potential blood test is “not ready for prime time,” Parkinson’s disease experts said. But, it marks progress in the quest for an objective way to diagnose Parkinson’s and similar conditions known as atypical parkinsonian disorders, they noted. Read more


Long-term outlook

Life expectancy for people with Parkinson’s who receive proper treatment is often about the same as for the general population. Early detection is the key to reducing complications that can shorten your life. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have Parkinson’s disease, see your doctor right away.


Parkinson’s patients could be cured of tremors using new ultrasound machine

Parkinson’s patients and others suffering debilitating tremors could be cured of their shaking using a new ultrasound machine which targets their brain cellsDoctors at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have treated the first patients using the new technique which avoids the need for invasive brain surgery. Read more 


Parkinson’s could be treated with shark compound?

Squalamine, a chemical compound found in dogfish sharks, has the potential to reduce the formation of toxic proteins related to the development of Parkinson’s disease, new research suggests Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study reveals that squalamine halted the buildup and toxicity of the protein alpha-synuclein (α-synuclein) in roundworm models of Parkinson’s disease and human neuronal […]


Podcast: Gut Bacteria and Parkinson’s Connection

Listen here https://www.michaeljfox.org/mobile/news-detail.php?podcast-gut-bacteria-and-parkinson-connection The 100 trillion or so bacteria in our guts are important players in our normal biological processes and in protection against disease. Researchers have begun exploring possible imbalances in some bacteria levels in people with Parkinson’s and how those differences may lead to disease onset or progression. While this area of investigation is still fairly new, the field has […]


Your symptoms are getting worse over a short time?

Parkinson’s declines slowly, and not over hours, days or weeks. If PD symptoms worsen precipitously over a short period of time, then it is critical to search for secondary causes for these worsening symptoms. Potential causes for worsening Parkinson’s symptoms may include medication changes (which may be intentional changes or due to medication error), infections (such as a urinary tract infection, cold […]


Fatigue and Parkinson’s 

In this video from the Davis Phinney Foundation, Dr. Andrew Duker discusses some of the reasons why Parkinson’s disease patients get so fatigued and what can be done  Read more


National Parkinson Foundation toll-free Helpline

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) runs a toll-free Helpline, 1-800-4PD-INFO, (473-4636) The lifesaving NPF Helpline, launched in 2010, is staffed by a team of patient-focused nurses, social workers and therapists who answer calls about Parkinson’s disease (PD) in English and in Spanish Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. “NPF’s Helpline links our groundbreaking research to improve the lives of people […]


Diabetes drug slows experimental Parkinson’s disease progression, human trials to begin next year

A new investigational drug originally developed for type 2 diabetes is being readied for human clinical trials in search of the world’s first treatment to impede the progression of Parkinson’s disease, following publication of research findings today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. More A drug initially designed to treat diabetes may be a breakthrough treatment for Parkinson’s disease. After decades of […]


Common Natural Sweetener May Treat Parkinson’s Disease

This post is about experimental drugs and treatments, Under absolutely no circumstances should anyone reading this consider it medical advice.  These are novel results that need to be replicated and verified before being considered gospel.  Before considering or attempting any change in your treatment regime, please consult with your doctor or neurologist.  The natural sweetener mannitol, a common component of sugar-free gums and candies, […]


Microsoft researcher creates wearable which smooths handwriting in Parkinson’s Disease

Haiyan Zhang, Innovation Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge, has taken part in the BBC’s The Big Life Fix challenge which asks young technologists to use their skills to help others. Her task was to find a way to help 29-year-old Emma Lawton, who is a graphics designer, to improve her writing and drawing skills after this was negatively impacted by her Parkinson’s […]


ELISPOON – the bowl of the spoon remains horizontal and keeps the food in place.

Whatever movement of the wrist is performed, the bowl of the spoon remains horizontal and keeps the food in place. The material used is lightweight and strong.  A key characteristic is the spoon’s affordability. There are no electrical components or batteries, making it carry anywhere and to clean. ELISPOON is a product designed and built to ease the life of the users […]


Use the website forum to ask a question or start a discussion

An Internet forum is a discussion area on a website. Website members can post discussions and read and respond to posts by other forum members. A forum can be focused on nearly any subject and a sense of an online community, or virtual community, tends to develop among forum members. A forum usually allows all members to make posts and start new […]


World Parkinson’s Congress

The World Parkinson’s Congress is held every three years. The last one was in 2016 in Portland Oregon The next one in Japan. The website for 2016 has lots of useful information Wpc2016.org


LSVT Loud and LSVT Big – voice and movement treatments

Recent advances in neuroscience have suggested that exercise-based behavioral treatments may improve function and possibly slow progression of motor symptoms in individuals with Parkinson disease (PD). The LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Programs for individuals with PD have been developed and researched over the past 20 years beginning with a focus on the speech motor system (LSVT LOUD) and more recently have been […]


Breaking News: New Dyskinesia Drug Submitted to FDA

A new drug for levodopa-induced dyskinesia — involuntary, uncontrolled movements that can develop with long-term use of levodopa combined with a prolonged course of Parkinson’s disease (PD) — is one step closer to potentially reaching market. Read more


Stem Cell Transplants 

The first transplantation of stem cells in patients with Parkinson’s disease is almost within reach.   Read more


LSVT BIG and Hypnotherapy provider

  Introducing Dr. Debra Viertanen I am a LSVT BIG certified physical therapist offering this program to PWP. I have spent 38 years treating People with Parkinsons and have never found a program that works so well. I also have a certification in hypnotherapy. Many PWP have higher anxiety and difficulty sleeping. I offer hypnosis to assist with this. I will begin […]


Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation has The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation mission is simple: Improve the quality of life of people in the PD community right now.


World Parkinson’s Congress 2016

The triennial World Parkinson Congresses provide an international forum for dialogue on the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson’s disease.


Educational Brochures

Information and research about Parkinson’s Disease is changing quickly.  Depending on information that is more than a few years old is not advised. We are not endorsing or guaranteeing the accuracy of any of the supplied links.  We have not created, reviewed (or even read) all of the educational material referenced.  You may find outdated, false of contradictory information. You may want […]


The Every Victory Counts® Manual – Davis Phinney Foundation

Essential Information and Inspiration for a Lifetime of Wellness Unique in the world of Parkinson’s resources, the Every Victory Counts® manual gives people living with Parkinson’s – and their caregivers and family members – the tools they need to take control of their own Parkinson’s treatment through a proactive approach to self-care. Click to read and/or download the book as a PDF […]


On-line resources

These Parkinson’s disease (PD) resources will help you find more information and connect with others living with the condition. Many of these sites will direct you to the latest Parkinson’s disease news and research, as well as opportunities to get involved with local chapters and organizations.


Newly Diagnosed

The following is an excerpt from the book Alter The Course. Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is an unexpected- and unwanted- twist and turn in your life journey. Like any journey there is uncertainty about what lies ahead, how things will change or where your life with PD will take you.