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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.

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Exercise and Parkinson’s

Date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

You already know that exercise is essential to living a healthy lifestyle, especially for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Exercise helps people with PD maintain balance, mobility and helps with daily living activities, not to mention it provides neuroprotective benefits. 

What's Hot in PD? Everything a Parkinson’s Patient Needs to Know about Safinamide (Xadago): Should You Switch?

Date: 
Monday, April 3, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Safinamide (Xadago) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) medication fluctuations. Safinamide is a pill that when absorbed in the bloodstream travels to the brain and affects dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic systems.

Tips for Daily Living: 6 Psychotherapy and Counseling Myths, Debunked

Date: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

In Mood: A Mind's Guide to Parkinson’s, the newest educational book from the Parkinson’s Foundation, we explore mood changes associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), why people with Parkinson’s might experience these changes and how to treat and cope with them.

Center of Excellence Series: Duke University Medical Center’s Durable Medical Equipment Program

Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Miriam* stopped using her cane. It was beat up, falling apart and wasn’t helping her manage her Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms. Medicare told her she had to wait to qualify for a new one.

Caregiver Corner: How to Manage Stress as a Parkinson’s Caregiver

Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017
Author: 
Honor

Learning to take the best care of yourself is caregiver job #1. When you’re a Parkinson’s disease (PD) caregiver, life seems like an endless list of things to do with never enough time to do them. Every day can feel like it goes by in 10 minutes — and lasts two weeks.

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

Date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017
Author: 
Annie Wallis, MSW, LSW

As winter melts into spring, you may be realizing that your exercise routine suffered through the cold season. You probably already know that exercise is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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