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Browse current and past mentions of NPF in the news inclusive of research, events, and community programs.

AZFamily.com: Ali Parkinson Center’s Hispanic Outreach Goes Global

January 10, 2017
Hispanics living with PD have never been better served than by a global, one-of-a-kind program developed by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix, an NPF Center of Excellence. The program has a presence in more than 12 countries.
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USA Today: Parkinson's research in Kentucky offers hope, promise

December 28, 2016
Michael Okun, M.D., shares expert commentary on an experimental DBS procedure, regarding the pioneering work of Dr. Craig van Horne and Dr. Greg Gerhardt with "DBS-Plus" as highly innovative. 
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Chicago Tribune: How boxing can help with Parkinson's disease

December 27, 2016
Dr. Peter Schmidt, NPF Chief Mission Officer, is interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about how trying a brand-new type of exercise that taxes the brain is beneficial to people living with Parkinson's as it forces the brain to figure out how to do something for the first time.
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UPI: Exercise may be real medicine for Parkinson's disease

December 22, 2016
Dr. Michael Okun gives advice on the best way to exercise for people recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
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EXOME: Voyager’s Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Shows Promise in Small Study

December 5, 2016
Peter Schmidt responds to Voyager Therapeutics' experimental, high-dose, gene therapy- VY-AADC01- for advanced Parkinson's disease.
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CNN: Learning to be a fighter: Young mom struggles with Parkinson's

December 5, 2016
Dr. Stewart Factor, movement disorder specialist and director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Emory University School of Medicine, comments in this article about Monica Schulman, a mother of four who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 37.
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NASDAQ: Anavex Life Sciences Appoints Three Distinguished Researchers To Scientific Advisory Board

November 28, 2016
Tanya Simuni, MD, was appointed to the Anavex Scientific Advisory Board. She has built a multidisciplinary-based program within a NPF Center of Excellence and has received several prestigious awards, including the Dixon Foundation Innovation Award.
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Firefighter Nation: Miami Fire Participates in National Parkinson Foundation Event

November 14, 2016
Miami Fire Rescue attended Moving Day® Miami, where they brought a fire truck, provided educational awareness, extinguisher demonstrations and one-on-one firefighter interactions.
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Miami Herald: Miami Gets Moving for Parkinson Foundation Walk

November 14, 2016
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ) was the Grand Marshal at NPF's Moving Day® Miami, which took place at Museum Park in downtown Miami.
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NBC 6: Moving Day® Miami

November 13, 2016
TV coverage of Moving Day® Miami featuring footage from the event and an interview with Senator Cory Booker (NJ), who was the event’s Grand Marshall and continues to be a friend of NPF.
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Fox 4: Family Caregivers are Reminded That Taking a Break is a Necessity, Not A Luxury

November 8, 2016
The executive director of the National Parkinson Foundation Heartland, Jane Ann Gorsky, says Dorothy, like all caregivers, needs to take breaks. "If you use all your energy, and that means emotional and physical energy, you will have no more to give to that person that really needs it," said Gorsky.
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JCC Association of North America: Giving Parkinson’s a right hook

November 7, 2016
Through Jeenifer Enslein' own contributions and fundraising efforts, including a grant for $20,000 from the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Enslein was able to secure the Rock Steady Boxing program, which began in August, for the next two years. The funds pay for special equipment and instructor training at Rock Steady Boxing in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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The New York Times: Janet Reno Refused to Let Parkinson’s Define Her

November 7, 2016
“She never invited discussion about herself,” said John W. Kozyak, NPF chairman and a friend of Ms. Reno’s for 30 years. “It took a lot of courage to stay in the public limelight when she had Parkinson’s.”
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Huffington Post: Janet Reno Proved Life Does Not End After A Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

November 7, 2016
Okun was one of Reno’s long-time healthcare providers, and he remembers that the former attorney general brought a can-do attitude toward her treatment and therapy at the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.
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WPTV: Living with Parkinson's disease

November 7, 2016
“We're mourning the loss of Janet Reno,” said Paul Kelly. “Just because you have Parkinson’s doesn't mean it's a life ending disease. You could still live out a long life.”
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WLRN: Janet Reno, First Woman To Be U.S. Attorney General, Dies At 78

November 7, 2016
Miami’s Janet Reno, the first woman to be U.S. attorney general, died Monday at 78 from complications connected to Parkinson’s disease.
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Daily Business Review: Reno Family Tradition: Final Days Spent With Poetry, Song

November 7, 2016
Law firm founder John Kozyak shares Janet Reno's bedside vigil and her efforts to expand awareness of Parkinson's disease.
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The Washington Post: The Latest: Obama recalls Janet Reno as American original

November 7, 2016
NPF is dedicating its annual walk in downtown Miami to former Attorney General Janet Reno. Doctors say she proved a person can lead a productive and satisfying life with the disease. Reno raised awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research and outreach, and was honorary chair of the Miami walk from 2012 to 2015. Foundation Chairman John W. Kozyak says the event Sunday will include a moment of remembrance for Reno’s many contributions.
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SDFLA Blog: RIP Janet Reno, Guest Post by John Kozyak

November 7, 2016
A guest post about Janet Reno's impact by Chariman of the Board John Kozyak.
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HomeCare: Honor San Francisco

November 1, 2016
As part of the caregiver training process, Honor partnered with the National Parkinson Foundation and the American Cancer Society to offer interested Care Pros additional training and certification in the care of patients with cancer or Parkinson’s.
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Fox5: 85-year old Georgia grandmother battles Parkinson's with boxing

October 19, 2016
At 85, Lea Nixon, is adamant about her weekly boxing class at PD Gladiators to help control her PD symptoms.
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Cary Citizen: Parkinson’s Event Brings Attention and Exercise

October 14, 2016
Moving Day® NC Triangle on October 29, 2016 brings Parkinson's disease awareness to North Carolina.
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Health Day: Inhaled Version of Parkinson's Drug May Help Keep Symptoms at Bay

October 12, 2016
Dr. Michael Okun is the national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation. "A delayed response for medications to kick in and start working is a huge issue for many of our patients who call the Parkinson's Foundation helpline," he said. "The inhaled levodopa formulation could potentially help these people and we look forward to larger studies focused on people" who struggle with these off periods, Okun said.
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Chicago Tribune: Shout Out: Lynn Braun, walk participant

October 10, 2016
Lynn Braun, 62, of Deerfield, takes each step purposefully. She participated in the National Parkinson Foundation's fifth annual Moving Day Chicago in Lincoln Park on Sept. 24. Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 2012, she is certified to coach classes at Rock Steady Boxing in Glenview. The Brauns have lived in Deerfield since 1980 when they bought their first home.
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StreetInsider.com: St. Jude Medical (STJ) Announces FDA Approval, Launch of Infinity DBS System

October 6, 2016
The FDA approved the first implant of the St. Jude Medical Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system and its DBS directional leads, the first directional lead approved in the US. Dr. Okun weighs in, “The Infinity DBS system has a newly designed DBS lead with segmented contacts, which can be used to tailor the DBS therapy approach for an individual patient...”
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WHEC NBC10: Moving Day takes place to raise Parkinson's awareness

October 3, 2016
Moving Day® Rochester had a great turn out as thousands came out to move. More than 4,000 people have PD in the area. Great video of the walk embedded in article.
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Clayton County Register: Parkinson's walk-a-thon is Saturday in Guttenberg

September 28, 2016
The Parkinson’s Awareness Group of Clayton County is planning its first annual walk-a-thon to be held in Guttenberg on October 1st. Proceeds from the event will be distributed to NPF’s Team Hope™ and establishing a local Parkinson’s support group.
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WIVB 4: Knocking Out Parkinson's (Part 2)

September 27, 2016
It’s been about a decade since talks began connecting Parkinson’s and boxing therapy. Doctors tell us why it’s a winning combination. President of TeamHealth Ambulatory Care, Dr. Joseph Chow, said,” The exercise needs to focus on aerobic activity, some strength training and balance, and stretching. So with boxing, you almost have a perfect combination with all three.”
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WIVB 4: Knocking Out Parkinson's (Part 1)

September 26, 2016
Dean Eoannou coached some of the most successful boxers to come out of Buffalo. Now he’s putting that life aside. He’s taking on new students whose fight extends beyond the ring. Eoannou has been training world champion for 15 years. That includes Ringside World Champion and Golden Gloves National Champion Wendy Casey. Casey said, “If he wasn’t there I don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing now.”
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Neurology Advisor: Whole Body Vibration, Exercise May Improve Motor Performance In Parkinson's

September 23, 2016
NPF presented study findings at WPC via a poster, which stated that a combination of whole body vibration and exercise therapy may result in significant short-term improvements in motor performance, activities of daily living, and postural stability in PD.
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NWI: Region woman makes it easier for others with young onset Parkinson's

September 23, 2016
Oliver and her peers in the support group have grown so close that they formed a team, Young Stiffs Shaking It Up, that is participating in Saturday’s National Parkinson Foundation’s fifth annual Moving Day Chicago walk for Parkinson’s, taking place in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.
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Daily North Shore: Local Family Leads Parkinson’s ‘Movement

September 19, 2016
Lynn Braunn has PD. Her three children and two sons-in-law started a Moving Day® Chicago team to support her called “Moving for Mom” and have about 100 participants, making it the largest team.
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Pharmiweb: ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Sponsors National Parkinson Foundation’s Caregiver Summit

September 19, 2016
“ACADIA is proud to partner with the National Parkinson Foundation in providing caregivers with support, education and access to much-needed resources,” said Steve Davis, ACADIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
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10 TV: Keep moving in the face of Parkinson’s disease

September 8, 2016
Scott Rider has PD and keeps moving. He was a 1982 NCAA Track and Field All-American and is interviewed about how his training helps with his PD and being a part of Moving Day® Columbus.
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Niagara Frontier Publications: Moving Day® shows how movement helps battle Parkinson's

September 8, 2016
This weekend NPF WNY will host its fifth annual Moving Day®. More than 1,000 people are expected to fill the centerfield pavilion in Coca Cola Field.
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