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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.

Caregiver Corner: Thoughts on Parkinson’s by Maggy Hurchalla

Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2016
Author: 
Maggy Hurchalla

My big sister, Janet Reno, died on November 7, 2016. She lived with Parkinson's disease for 21 ½ years. I have walked that road by her side, but we have not walked that road alone.

It takes a village.

Everyone’s Parkinson's journey is different. Since it is age related, most people die of something else. There is no point dwelling on the last chapter if you are not going to get there.

Research Round Up: NPF Study Sheds New Light on Parkinson’s and Dyskinesia, Antipsychotic Medication, Injury and Fall Rates

Date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Who has the highest risk of injury among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD)? Is there a connection between medication combinations and falling less? Are prescription antipsychotics safe? Earlier this year, NPF presented four posters at the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) that answered these questions and more.   

Caregiver Corner: Top NPF Resources for Caregivers

Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Author: 
Vaughn Edelson

In all our programs, NPF aims to make life better for people affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD). Parkinson's not only affects the person who receives the diagnosis — it extends to that person’s family, friends and community. While we pride ourselves on the high quality information and resources we provide for people with Parkinson’s, we also recognize that caregivers need support.

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