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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.

What's Hot in PD? The Importance of Imaging Biomarkers to Diagnose and Track Parkinson’s Disease Progression

Date: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A recent press release from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke detailed exciting ongoing work aimed to uncover magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques capable of tracking Parkinson’s disease (PD) progression. In this month’s What’s Hot in PD? column we will review the recent progress of MRI-based biomarkers for Parkinson’s diagnosis and progression, and discuss the importance of the findings, especially in the context of clinical trials.

Research Round Up: New Hope for Better Treating Psychosis

Date: 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Author: 
Fernando Cubillos, MD, NPF Director of Research Programs

While reviewing data from the National Parkinson Foundation’s (NPF) Parkinson’s Outcomes Project a year ago, I noticed a participant whose quality of life went from pretty good to terrible, then back to pretty good. I wondered, “what happened here?” The answer: psychosis.

What's Hot in PD? Hot on the Trail for a Urine Biomarker for Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Monday, August 1, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Previous What’s Hot blogs have addressed the promise and challenge of developing biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Several groups of researchers have been working on blood and imaging biomarkers to provide more information on Parkinson’s: diagnosis, prediction, monitoring and methods to measure progression. In this month’s What’s Hot blog, we examine a new approach that utilizes a urine sample to detect the presence of Parkinson’s disease activity.

Caregiver Corner: Finding an Occupational Therapist for Your Loved One… and You!

Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Author: 
Charissa Richter, MOTR, and Jana Underhill

It is difficult to provide broad, yet helpful occupational therapy tips for Parkinson’s disease (PD). As the saying goes, “When you have met one person with Parkinson’s disease, you have met one person with Parkinson’s disease.” The best tip I can give you as an occupational therapist is to find and regularly see an occupational therapist in your area who specializes in skilled therapy treatment for people with Parkinson’s.  

Caregiver Corner: Thank You for Asking About my Husband

Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Author: 
Lori Ann Greidanus

My 35-year-old husband has Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD). It sucks. I’m often asked, “How’s Todd?” or “How’s your husband’s health?” or “Is Todd staying healthy?” Thank you for asking about my husband. I’m happy to say he’s doing pretty darn good, considering he has a progressive neurological disease and we don’t know what the future holds. No, he does not have dementia, a question I was asked last week. Yes, we are planning to stay in our two-story house for a while.

What's Hot in PD? More Evidence Links Parkinson’s Disease to Pesticide Exposure from Farming

Date: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A French group presented data at the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Berlin Germany last month. Their results suggested a strong link between farming, pesticides and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Sofiane Kab and her colleagues demonstrated that living in rural French regions with more crops was a high risk for the later developing Parkinson’s. The authors noted that these are typically regions where vineyards are located.

Tips for Daily Living: Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer

Date: 
Monday, June 20, 2016
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Summer is the time for long drives, late sunsets and the outdoors. However, direct and prolonged exposure to the summer sun can also result in sunburns and over time, skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and it is even more of a threat for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) because they have a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is preventable. Taking proper precautions and knowing what to look for can save your life.

Research Round Up: The Future of Neurology-Driven Palliative Care Programs

Date: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Every year, NPF hosts the Centers of Excellence Leadership Conference, where leaders from our 41 Centers of Excellence — medical centers located around the world with leading Parkinson's specialists — attend and present their cutting-edge research and expert care findings. Dr.

9 Reasons Why You Should Attend the NPF Caregiver Summit

Date: 
Friday, June 10, 2016
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is hosting the Caregiver Summit in Portland, OR, on Monday, September 19, the day before the World Parkinson Congress. The Summit will bring caregivers together to share experiences and everyday strategies for living and coping with the complex problems that arise from Parkinson's disease (PD). Need more reasons to join us?

Reflecting on Our History with Muhammad Ali

Date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Since our founding in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has had the privilege of working with legends such as Nathan Slewett, Dick Clark, Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller. This week, we are saddened by the death of another legend: our former spokesperson Muhammad Ali. Recent news coverage has recognized his iconic achievements, and we would like to add our voice to share what Muhammad Ali and his family meant to our organization.

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