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What's Hot in PD? Should We Be More Aggressive in Preventing Weight Loss in Parkinson’s disease?

Date: 
Monday, December 4, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Slow and steady weight loss is a known feature of Parkinson’s disease. Weight loss may initially be a positive and popular disease related feature. However, as patients dip below their ideal body weight, this may possibly impact quality of life and other outcomes (Akbar, 2015). In this month’s What’s Hot in PD?, we will discuss a recent article on weight loss in Parkinson’s disease.

Tips for People with Parkinson’s Who Want to Take Over the Counter Medications During Flu Season

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

Now that flu season has arrived, the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline phones have been ringing off the hook. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and family members want to know what is the safest way to address cough and cold symptoms. In this month’s What’s Hot in PD? column we discuss the topic and provide some practical tips for taking over the counter medications.

What’s Hot: Coffee Might Not Help with Parkinson’s Disease Motor Symptoms

Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Ronald Postuma, MD, and colleagues previously published an intriguing study showing that moderate amounts of coffee (caffeine) may improve the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). In this month’s issue of Neurology, Postuma and colleagues revise their previous comments on coffee drinking. Their revision is based on a larger and better designed clinical study.

Tips for Daily Living: Cognition: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Tom manages his Parkinson's disease (PD) symptoms by staying active, eating right and working with his health care team. He recently admitted to his doctor that when his wife isn't home he sometimes forgets to take his medication. His doctor recommended setting an alarm and using a pill organizer.

Tips for Daily Living: Psychosis: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Eleanor was sitting at her friend Margaret’s house when she noticed a dog sniffing around the couch. She asked Margaret when she got the dog. Margaret said she didn’t have a dog. Eleanor realized she must be experiencing what her doctor warned her about when he increased her Parkinson’s disease (PD) medication dosage: hallucinations. She called her doctor that afternoon.

Tips for Daily Living: Mood: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Before Miguel was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) he often experienced anxiety. He retired early, but his anxiety would keep coming back, aggravating his tremor and making his thoughts race. His doctor started him on an antidepressant and referred him to a psychiatrist who taught Miguel coping skills, allowing him to better manage his anxiety. Miguel now lives a more normal life.

What's Hot in PD? Update on the Use of Mucuna Pruriens for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Mucuna pruriens variant utilis (MP) has long been used as an alternative to over the counter levodopa. MP is a leguminous plant that grows in both tropical and subtropical environments. Hidden in its seed is levodopa, which is the most important medication for a Parkinson’s disease patient. In this month’s What’s Hot we will review the studies supporting MP use and discuss future directions and global implications for this therapy.

Center of Excellence Series: The Fresco Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Social Work for Parkinson’s Program

Date: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

“The experience of living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is unique to each individual. We really strive to listen to our patients, caregivers, families, providers and the community in creating an all-encompassing supportive services program that helps people to adapt and live well with Parkinson’s across the continuum and at all stages of the disease,” said Amy Lemen, MA, LCSW. “One size does not fit all in Parkinson’s care.

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