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Welcome to the National Parkinson Foundation's blog, where you can keep up-to-date on the latest research, read about what's hot in the Parkinson's community, learn caregiving tips and more.

Tips for Daily Living: Preparing for Summer with Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Author: 
Annie Wallis

Does summer have you thinking about traveling somewhere new or enjoying the great outdoors? Follow these tips on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and travel, sun safety and heat exhaustion:

Travel Hacks

Vacations are a big part of living well. Many people choose to travel during summer, but with Parkinson’s there are some extra things to consider before hitting the road. These tips can help you stay safe while you travel:

Tips for Daily Living: Nutrition for a Healthier You

Date: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Author: 
Alison Gerber

Nutrition plays a very important role in the management of Parkinson’s disease (PD). People with PD may experience constipation, food-medication interactions, difficulty swallowing and weight loss. Establishing and maintaining good eating habits can help manage these issues and improve overall well-being while navigating Parkinson’s.

What’s Hot in PD? A New Non-invasive Deep Brain Stimulation Technique for Parkinson’s Disease: Introducing Temporal Interference

Date: 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a therapy that has been administered to over 100,000 patients worldwide. The majority of people receiving deep brain stimulation live with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The technique has been helpful for improving tremor, on-off fluctuations, dyskinesia, and off time. One of the main limitations of deep brain stimulation has been that it requires brain surgery and carries an associated risk of hemorrhage, stroke, infection, and hardware failure.

Center of Excellence Series: Toronto Western Hospital’s Parkinson’s Fellowship Program

Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

There are approximately 3,000 movement disorder specialists in the world. While they are all neurologists, not all of them have experience treating Parkinson’s disease (PD). For every person with Parkinson’s to receive treatment from a specialist, each one of these doctors would have to treat more than 3,000 people with PD. Parkinson’s Foundation estimates that the average movement disorder specialist sees a total of 350 patients. That’s more than 8.9 million people with PD who are not being treated by a specialist.

What's Hot in PD?: Subcutaneous Apomorphine Infusions

Date: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Should we consider subcutaneous apomorphine infusions for Parkinson’s disease patients who do not want deep brain stimulation or a dopamine pump? There is a growing interest among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and families for a “nonsurgical” alternative to deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery or to Duopa pump therapy. The idea of brain surgery or a feeding tube have been cited as being undesirable for large numbers of PD patients.

History of Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Parkinson’s disease (PD) has seen an elevation in recognition over the last few decades. Through the help of media, celebrities and events that promote PD awareness, Parkinson’s is far from an unknown disease. While we still have a long way to go to educate and make everyone aware of Parkinson’s and its impact, the history of this disease goes back to 1,000 B.C.

      

Research Round Up: Medical Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease at a Glance

Date: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

With medical marijuana legalized in 28 states and Washington, D.C., its therapeutic properties have become buzzworthy. Researchers are currently studying these properties and how they affect different diseases, like Parkinson’s disease (PD). But why?

Center of Excellence Series: University of Rochester Medical Center’s Telemedicine Program

Date: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Part of Steven Goldenthal’s job is to get people connected. He wants to know how they feel, gets to know their medical history, what medications they take and if they are happy with their Parkinson’s disease (PD) care.

Caregiver Corner: Having a Voice When Speaking with Your Loved One’s Physicians

Date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Author: 
Jane H Davis

My Parkinson’s spouse has many physicians, as PD has taken its toll on so much of his body. I go to most his medical appointments as I am his constant observer, and I am the one fighting for his health. I have decided to write about having a voice when speaking with physicians as I find this extremely important, not only for me to be aware, but most importantly for him to get the best care as possible.

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