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 […]
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.”
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
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
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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 […]
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 […]
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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
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 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
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 […]
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 […]
Vitamin B3 (niacin) was found to boost levels of a compound called NAD that generates energy and repairs DNA, according to new research that suggests boosting Vitamin B3 could keep Parkinson’s disease (PD) at bay. read more
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
New research suggests that this brain disorder may actually begin in your gut. Here’s what you need to know.
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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
Researchers issue caution for people with PD who use cannabis because of its effect on thinking.
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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 […]
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
The first transplantation of stem cells in patients with Parkinson’s disease is almost within reach. Read more
A new project for the early detection of Parkinson’s disease with strongly magnetized xenon gas has been initiated at FMP. The team led by physicist Leif Schröder has received a three-year grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Read more
Results from Phase 1, Phase 2a and preclinical studies of CVT-301, an inhaled form of levodopa, have been featured in the current edition of Science Translational Medicine. Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOR) is developing CVT-301 for the treatment of OFF periods in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
A helpful article from the MJ Fox foundation If your muscles often feel stiff and uncomfortable, you’re not alone.
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 […]
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.
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.
An inhaled form of levodopa is being trialled on Parkinson’s disease patients in a Phase III clinical trial at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Watch this public service announcement featuring U.S. Senator Cory Booker that discusses the early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease.