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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: Psychosis: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Eleanor was sitting at her friend Margaret’s house when she noticed a dog sniffing around the couch. She asked Margaret when she got the dog. Margaret said she didn’t have a dog. Eleanor realized she must be experiencing what her doctor warned her about when he increased her Parkinson’s disease (PD) medication dosage: hallucinations. She called her doctor that afternoon.

Tips for Daily Living: Mood: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Before Miguel was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) he often experienced anxiety. He retired early, but his anxiety would keep coming back, aggravating his tremor and making his thoughts race. His doctor started him on an antidepressant and referred him to a psychiatrist who taught Miguel coping skills, allowing him to better manage his anxiety. Miguel now lives a more normal life.

What's Hot in PD? Update on the Use of Mucuna Pruriens for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Mucuna pruriens variant utilis (MP) has long been used as an alternative to over the counter levodopa. MP is a leguminous plant that grows in both tropical and subtropical environments. Hidden in its seed is levodopa, which is the most important medication for a Parkinson’s disease patient. In this month’s What’s Hot we will review the studies supporting MP use and discuss future directions and global implications for this therapy.

Research Roundup: Cognition Changes and Parkinson’s 101

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

If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), or know someone who does, you likely know that PD affects dopamine levels in the brain. But did you know that PD also alters serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine levels? All are chemicals in the brain that affect mood, thinking and behavior.

What’s Hot in PD?: What Are GBA Mutations and How Can Having One Potentially Affect My Parkinson’s Disease?

Date: 
Friday, July 7, 2017
Author: 
Michael S. Okun, M.D.

Each year, scientists take us a little closer to understanding the genetics of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Perhaps the most interesting and perplexing finding so far has been that only 10 to 15 percent of cases are associated with a change in DNA (this is known as a genetic mutation).

Foundation Team Joins Experts in Vancouver to Share Advances in Research and Care

Date: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Earlier this month, members of the Parkinson’s Foundation team joined thousands of movement disorder specialists in Vancouver, Canada. 

They were on site for the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, which brings together neurologists with expertise in Parkinson’s and similar diseases to share the latest in advancements in research and care.

Center of Excellence Series: The Fresco Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Social Work for Parkinson’s Program

Date: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

“The experience of living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is unique to each individual. We really strive to listen to our patients, caregivers, families, providers and the community in creating an all-encompassing supportive services program that helps people to adapt and live well with Parkinson’s across the continuum and at all stages of the disease,” said Amy Lemen, MA, LCSW.

Caregiver Corner: Tips for New Caregivers From Experienced Parkinson's Caregivers

Date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Author: 
Honor

The only people who genuinely understand the complexity of being a caregiver to someone with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are people who are or have been caregivers themselves. That’s why we partnered with Honor to gather helpful tips from the people who know best: experienced caregivers. After hearing from 120 Parkinson’s caregivers, we compiled the top seven tips every Parkinson’s caregiver should know in order to prepare for the journey ahead:

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.

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