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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.

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.

What's Hot in PD? The Myth About Focused Ultrasound Therapy Being the Scalpel-less Cure for Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

We are blessed to have the National Parkinson Foundation’s terrific free 1-800-4PD-INFO Helpline staffed by nurses and social workers with experience in the field. Recently, many people have called the Helpline after seeing a video declaring focused ultrasound therapy as “the scalpel-less cure for Parkinson’s disease.” The Helpline staff thought it important to objectively explore this therapy and discuss whether it is indeed a scalpel-less cure.

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.

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