The last two decades have observed a strong push to initiate dopamine agonist therapy for many Parkinson’s disease patients. However, recently there has been a move away from this approach. The hesitation about agonist therapy has mainly concerned the worrisome impulse control-related side effects, though there are other potential adverse effects reported from agonist use.
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Several troubling headlines appeared recently after a large randomized controlled study, published in the American Medical Association’s neurology journal (JAMA Neurology), concluded that physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) did not improve activities of daily living in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
There has long been speculation that viral infection may cause dopamine responsive Parkinson’s disease — at least in a subset of patients. The most famous case examples were depicted in the 1990 movie Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro (based on Oliver Sacks’ 1973 memoir) where Parkinsonian patients (presumed to have been suffering from a viral flu or sleeping sickness) awaken when exposed to dopamine.
Many families and caregivers seek the answer to the question, “What should I do with Dad? He just wants to sit and watch TV all day.”
Together, you and NPF made 2015 a year of spectacular progress for everyone with Parkinson’s and their families. We are pleased to share these highlights with you:
Tea is an ancient, centuries-old beverage that is consumed by virtually all of the world’s population. Tea is composed of polyphenols, methylxanthine, caffeine, fats, amino acids and other substances. Tea has been thought to reduce cancer risk, prevent heart disease and even aid in weight loss. The flavonoids, caffeine and theanine have been tested in animal models of Parkinson’s disease and have shown protection against cell loss in similar areas of the brain that are affected in the human Parkinson’s patient.
This is the first part of a series of videos discussing sex differences in Parkinson's disease. The video was created from a presentation given by Dr. Nabila Dahodwala from the University of Pennsylvania. The National Parkinson Foundation recently announced that it awarded Dr. Dahodwala a two-year grant to study issues that result in differences in caregiving and to explore whether there may be options to improve caregiving. Dr.
Communication is a vital way we connect, build and maintain relationships. It is scary when your loved one begins to have communication issues due to Parkinson’s disease (PD) that may threaten your bond. The good thing is it doesn’t have to be that way.
Reviewing some cognitive and communication changes that someone with PD may experience as the disease progresses, your loved one might:
Recently we sought to identify risk factors for hospitalization (emergency room visits or admissions) among Parkinson’s disease patients followed in our National Parkinson Foundation Parkinson’s Outcomes Project. The initiative was modeled after a similar effort put together by Gerry O’Connor at the Dartmouth Health Outcomes Center. O’Connor had a crazy but practical idea.