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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.

What's Hot in PD? Is DBS Plus a Viable Future Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease?

Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Over the past two decades, deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been extremely successful. It has been estimated that DBS has meaningfully helped tens of thousands of patients worldwide, improving tremor, dyskinesia, on-off fluctuations and several other Parkinson’s symptoms. DBS has however, fallen short in addressing disease progression issues including walking, talking and thinking.

Introducing the Centers of Excellence Series

Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Author: 
Clarissa Martinez-Rubio, PhD, NPF Director of Research & Centers Programs

Something resonated with me on my recent visit to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence (COE). As I listened to the Parkinson’s patients and caregivers panel, I was impressed to learn that everyone unanimously agreed on the vital importance of team care. From the movement disorder specialist to the nurse, everyone kept referring to “our” care plan. It was working.

Caregiver Corner: How to Make Your Self-Care and Health a Priority

Date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Author: 
Honor

Learning how to take care of yourself early in your journey as a Parkinson’s disease (PD) caregiver is more important than you might think. If you’re feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, too stressed to think clearly, then you can’t be at your best, as a person or caregiver.

Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Resolution

Date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

2017 is here! Every New Year is a chance for a fresh start. Use our 5 simple tips to craft a resolution that can stand the test of time. Not the type to make resolutions? Scroll down to see our list of already-written Parkinson’s-related resolutions that may just help make life a little better for 2017.  

What's Hot in PD? Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinsonism: Updates on Welding and Mining

Date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

There has long been a fascination about the relationship between welding, mining and Parkinson-like symptoms. In this month’s What’s Hot blog and in my NEJM Journal Watch blog I explore this murky history and relationship. Doctors and health care professionals long ago identified a Parkinson-like syndrome that developed in welders and manganese miners. Manganese, the chemical, has been linked to Parkinson-like symptoms (also referred to as parkinsonism).

Our 8 Favorite Things You Helped Us Accomplish in 2016

Date: 
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Together, you and NPF made 2016 a year of spectacular progress for everyone with Parkinson's and their families. Through your support, we provided better care, research, treatments and support to people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and caregivers.

Here are our 8 favorite things YOU helped us accomplish in 2016:

Tips for Daily Living: Preparing for Winter with Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Monday, December 12, 2016
Author: 
Annie Wallis, MSW, LSW

Winter often brings unexpected weather and for many, the shorter days can lead to vitamin D deficiency, increasing chances of developing seasonal depression. The good news is that NPF’s Ohio Chapter has gathered these tips to help people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers ensure that PD-related needs are accounted for this winter.

What's Hot in PD? Accumulating Evidence for a Role of Gut Microbiota in Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Considerable evidence has been mounting in support of a relationship between the gastrointestinal (GI) system and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Many pathologists and neurologists even believe that Parkinson’s may start in the gut, but this view remains speculative. Many GI symptoms, such as constipation, occur as prominent and disabling PD symptoms. In the July 2013 What’s Hot in PD? column, I addressed H.

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