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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.

Research Roundup: Parkinson’s Outcomes Project: Making a Real Difference for the PD Community

Date: 
Friday, November 20, 2015
Author: 
Dr. Mark Guttman

Parkinson’s patients, families and clinicians have been frustrated with the lack of successful new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Over the last 15 years, clinical trials of new drugs have largely failed to result in options that have led to improvement in the quality of life of those living with Parkinson’s disease.

Caregiver Corner: Tear Down the Walls of Isolation

Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Author: 
Scott Silknitter

As research and trials continue to bring hope for a day when there is a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD), there are millions of people that live each day feeling isolated for one reason or another. As we are treating the disease, we must not forget the people that have the disease or the millions of unpaid caregivers who care for them.

What's Hot in PD? What Led Scientists to Believe a Cancer Drug Could Treat Parkinson’s?

Date: 
Monday, November 2, 2015
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

The recent media blitz about a leukemia drug named Nilotinib as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease resulted in thousands of patients and family members phoning their doctors and our 1-800-4PD-INFO Helpline requesting access to this drug. The National Parkinson Foundation quickly responded with a public statement recommending that patients not pursue this therapy unless under a clinical trial.

What's Hot in PD? The Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease Every Patient and Caregiver Should Know About

Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha said, “every challenge you encounter in life is a fork in the road. You have the choice to choose which way to go: backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough.” Since the publication of Parkinson’s Treatment 10 Secrets to a Happier Life with Parkinson’s Disease, the most common question we have received from patients is what are and what will be the next breakthrough therapies for Parkinson’s disease.

What's Hot in PD? What’s Hot in PD? Repurposing Diabetes and Anti-Malaria Drugs to Treat Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Monday, August 3, 2015
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Recently, the exciting potential has emerged that we could identify and use already FDA approved drugs to modify disease progression and to treat Parkinson’s disease. Drugs used for diabetes and anti-malaria treatment have been suggested as disease modifiers in Parkinson’s and perhaps even candidates to improve disease related symptoms.

Caregiver Corner: Part 3: Tips for Parkinson's Caregivers to help improve quality of life

Date: 
Friday, July 10, 2015
Author: 
Lana Gelb, MS

This is the last of a three-part series of tips for Parkinson’s Caregivers from Ageless Grace® (read Part 1 and Part 2). Eating to feed and nourish the Body and Brain is especially important for PD. Even though obesity itself is not a cause of Parkinson’s disease, it can be a limiting factor in how much movement is possible as the disease progresses.

What's Hot in PD? Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease: What’s New?

Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

The recent surge in publications on exercise for Parkinson’s disease has left many patients and doctors ill equipped to implement programs. Most of the exercise trials in Parkinson’s have revealed meaningful benefits both in Parkinson’s specific symptoms and in quality of life.

What's Hot in PD? Short and Long-Term Problems with Anticholinergic Drugs used for Sleep, Bladder, and Tremor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Date: 
Monday, June 1, 2015
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Parkinson’s disease patients frequently struggle to identify drug therapies that can address bothersome symptoms such as sleep dysfunction, bladder urgency, drooling, and tremor. Many of the drug therapies such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Advil PM, Alleve PM, common antihistamines, and others pills are readily available over the counter and do not require a prescription. These medications block a cholinergic receptor in the brain, and can improve many Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

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