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Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s

Every other week, we bring you a new episode of Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s. Host Dan Keller, PhD, interviews Parkinson’s experts to highlight the treatments and techniques that can help you live a better life now, as well as the research that can bring a better tomorrow. Upcoming episodes will focus on a range of topics relevant to your daily life, including new levodopa delivery methods, exercise, clinical trials, nutrition and more! Subscribe: iTunesGoogle PlayTuneIn, or RSS Feed. (Need help subscribing? See our guide for help.)

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Episode 3: The Benefits of Exercise for People with Parkinson's

Regular exercise is essential for people with Parkinson's. Dr. Bas Bloem describes what is known about exercise and PD and what is still in the research stages, and he offers some tips on overcoming barriers to getting enough exercise. Download

Related resources: Fitness Counts, Neuroprotective Benefits of Exercise

Episode 2: The Parkinson's Foundation’s Role in Improving Standards of Care

Dr. Peter Schmidt of the Parkinson’s Foundation explains where people with Parkinson’s can go to receive the best interdisciplinary care and how the Foundation is improving standards of Parkinson’s care around the world. The Foundation's Centers of Excellence network and the Parkinson's Outcomes Project are key aspects of the discussion. Download

Related resources: Putting Your Comprehensive Care Team Together, Resources in Your Community

Episode 1: Early Warning Signs of Parkinson's

In this debut episode of Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson's, Dr. Michael Okun talks about early warning signs of Parkinson's and offers practical advice on how to proceed after a diagnosis. Download

Related resources: 10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease, What You and Your Family Should Know