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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.

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.

What’s Hot in PD? A New Non-invasive Deep Brain Stimulation Technique for Parkinson’s Disease: Introducing Temporal Interference

Date: 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a therapy that has been administered to over 100,000 patients worldwide. The majority of people receiving deep brain stimulation live with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The technique has been helpful for improving tremor, on-off fluctuations, dyskinesia, and off time. One of the main limitations of deep brain stimulation has been that it requires brain surgery and carries an associated risk of hemorrhage, stroke, infection, and hardware failure.

Center of Excellence Series: Toronto Western Hospital’s Parkinson’s Fellowship Program

Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

There are approximately 3,000 movement disorder specialists in the world. While they are all neurologists, not all of them have experience treating Parkinson’s disease (PD). For every person with Parkinson’s to receive treatment from a specialist, each one of these doctors would have to treat more than 3,000 people with PD. Parkinson’s Foundation estimates that the average movement disorder specialist sees a total of 350 patients. That’s more than 8.9 million people with PD who are not being treated by a specialist.

What's Hot in PD?: Subcutaneous Apomorphine Infusions

Date: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Should we consider subcutaneous apomorphine infusions for Parkinson’s disease patients who do not want deep brain stimulation or a dopamine pump? There is a growing interest among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and families for a “nonsurgical” alternative to deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery or to Duopa pump therapy. The idea of brain surgery or a feeding tube have been cited as being undesirable for large numbers of PD patients.

History of Parkinson’s Disease

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

Parkinson’s disease (PD) has seen an elevation in recognition over the last few decades. Through the help of media, celebrities and events that promote PD awareness, Parkinson’s is far from an unknown disease. While we still have a long way to go to educate and make everyone aware of Parkinson’s and its impact, the history of this disease goes back to 1,000 B.C.

      

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