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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.

10 Thoughtful Father’s Day Gifts that Will Make Dad Smile and Help Beat Parkinson’s!

Date: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

NPF honors all Dad’s this Father’s Day, and it’s part of the reason we want to help you find the perfect gift. While each person with Parkinson’s has individualized symptoms and a different rate of PD progression, NPF hopes that at least one gift on this list can bring happiness to a person you know with PD.

The Expert Care Experience: Parkinson’s and Meaningful Occupations

Date: 
Friday, May 20, 2016
Author: 
Nathan B. Herz, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, CEAS

What occupies you? Occupation is defined as the activity that occupies your time. This doesn’t necessarily mean your job; it includes all the activities that make up your day, from getting dressed and preparing meals to gardening or playing cards with friends. The goal of occupational therapy is to help people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Continued participation in meaningful occupations (work, leisure, and self-care) keeps your well-being balanced.

How Aware in Care Kits Crossed International Borders

Date: 
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

In August 2015, an unlikely, unofficial alliance was formed. One e-mail led the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), LAN Airlines and the Chilean Consulate General to work together. Through shared determination they ended up making lives better for more than 200 people with Parkinson’s in Chile.

What's Hot in PD?: Challenges for a New Blood Test for Parkinson’s Disease Detection

Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

In January 2012 we reported on the possibility of a blood test for Parkinson’s disease detection. Four years have now passed, and this week a different group from La Trobe University led by Paul Fisher say they have developed and potentially effective blood test for Parkinson’s disease detection. In this month’s What’s Hot in PD? Column, we will update our previous article and comment on this new observation.

Research Round Up: The Role of Spiritual Care in Maintaining Identity and Dignity In People with Parkinson’s

Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Author: 
Rabbi Rena Arshinoff

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 the world's leading Parkinson's specialists — attend and present their cutting-edge research and expert care findings.

What's Hot in PD?: As a New Drug Gains FDA Approval for Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (Nuplazid), Should We Fear Using it?

Date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

This week the FDA approved the drug Pimavanserin (Nuplazid) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease psychosis. There has been a critical, unmet need for development of better drugs to address hallucinations and psychosis in the setting of Parkinson's disease. We have learned over many years that typical high potency neuroleptic antipsychotic drugs (e.g.

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