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What's Hot in PD? Should We Be More Aggressive in Preventing Weight Loss in Parkinson’s disease?

Date: 
Monday, December 4, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Slow and steady weight loss is a known feature of Parkinson’s disease. Weight loss may initially be a positive and popular disease related feature. However, as patients dip below their ideal body weight, this may possibly impact quality of life and other outcomes (Akbar, 2015). In this month’s What’s Hot in PD?, we will discuss a recent article on weight loss in Parkinson’s disease.

What’s Hot: Coffee Might Not Help with Parkinson’s Disease Motor Symptoms

Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Ronald Postuma, MD, and colleagues previously published an intriguing study showing that moderate amounts of coffee (caffeine) may improve the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). In this month’s issue of Neurology, Postuma and colleagues revise their previous comments on coffee drinking. Their revision is based on a larger and better designed clinical study.

Pesticides and Parkinson’s: Time to Strengthen Epidemiology

Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Author: 
James Beck, PhD

In December, two reports in the New York Times called attention to the potential link between paraquat, a strong pesticide, and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The pesticide, which has been previously linked to Parkinson’s, is banned in some countries including those where it is manufactured, but not in the US.

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