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Caregiver Corner: Thank You for Asking About my Husband

Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Author: 
Lori Ann Greidanus

My 35-year-old husband has young-onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). It sucks. I’m often asked, “How’s Todd?” or “How’s your husband’s health?” or “Is Todd staying healthy?” Thank you for asking about my husband. I’m happy to say he’s doing pretty darn good, considering he has a progressive neurological disease and we don’t know what the future holds. No, he does not have dementia, a question I was asked last week.

What's Hot in PD? More Evidence Links Parkinson’s Disease to Pesticide Exposure from Farming

Date: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A French group presented data at the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Berlin Germany last month. Their results suggested a strong link between farming, pesticides and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Sofiane Kab and her colleagues demonstrated that living in rural French regions with more crops was a high risk for the later developing Parkinson’s. The authors noted that these are typically regions where vineyards are located.

Research Round Up: The Future of Neurology-Driven Palliative Care Programs

Date: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Every year, the Parkinson's Foundation hosts the Centers of Excellence Leadership Conference, where leaders from our 42 Centers of Excellence — medical centers located around the world with leading Parkinson's specialists — attend and present their cutting-edge research and expert care findings. Dr.

What's Hot in PD? The Myth About Focused Ultrasound Therapy Being the Scalpel-less Cure for Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

We are blessed to have the terrific and free Parkinson's Foundation 1-800-4PD-INFO Helpline staffed by nurses and social workers with experience in the field. Recently, many people have called the Helpline after seeing a video declaring focused ultrasound therapy as “the scalpel-less cure for Parkinson’s disease.” The Helpline staff thought it important to objectively explore this therapy and discuss whether it is indeed a scalpel-less cure.

The Expert Care Experience: Parkinson’s and Meaningful Occupations

Date: 
Friday, May 20, 2016
Author: 
Nathan B. Herz, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, CEAS

This blog is the second in a series detailing the roles of each member of a comprehensive care team. Read the first post on social work hereLearn more about the healthcare professionals that are part of a comprehensive care team and how you can put your care team together today.

What's Hot in PD?: Challenges for a New Blood Test for Parkinson’s Disease Detection

Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

In January 2012 we reported on the possibility of a blood test for Parkinson’s disease detection. Four years have now passed, and this week a different group from La Trobe University led by Paul Fisher say they have developed and potentially effective blood test for Parkinson’s disease detection. In this month’s What’s Hot in PD? Column, we will update our previous article and comment on this new observation.

Research Round Up: The Role of Spiritual Care in Maintaining Identity and Dignity In People with Parkinson’s

Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Author: 
Rabbi Rena Arshinoff

Every year, the Parkinson's Foundation hosts the Centers of Excellence Leadership Conference, where leaders from our 42 Centers of Excellence — medical centers located around the world with the world's leading Parkinson's specialists — attend and present their cutting-edge research and expert care findings.

What's Hot in PD?: As a New Drug Gains FDA Approval for Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (Nuplazid), Should We Fear Using it?

Date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

This week the FDA approved the drug Pimavanserin (Nuplazid) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease psychosis. There has been a critical, unmet need for development of better drugs to address hallucinations and psychosis in the setting of Parkinson's disease. We have learned over many years that typical high potency neuroleptic antipsychotic drugs (e.g.

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