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What's Hot in PD?

What Are the New Therapies in Trial for Parkinson’s Disease?

Date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

We always advise patients to ask their doctor what’s new in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Recently, three leading experts at the Parkinson’s Foundation Center Leadership Conference reviewed the field and updated all attendees on several of the exciting therapies currently being tested by Albert Hung, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Irene Richard, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center; and Hubert Fernandez, MD, Cleveland Clinic.

Anti-TNF Therapy: Could Inflammatory Bowel Disease Therapies Pave a Path to a Treatment for Parkinson’s?

Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A recent study by Inga and colleagues at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence in New York examined the incidence of Parkinson’s disease in inflammatory bowel disease patients.

New Study Makes the Case for Parkinson’s-Specific Physiotherapy

Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Parkinson’s disease (PD) specialists have long debated the potential value of Parkinson’s-specific physical therapy. All great medical debates are usually settled by two factors: time and data. In this month’s What’s Hot, we review a paper recently published in Lancet Neurology (Ypinga 2018) that provides insight and data for whether people with Parkinson’s should begin or continue specialized physiotherapy.

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.

What's Hot in PD?: Subcutaneous Apomorphine Infusions

Date: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Should we consider subcutaneous apomorphine infusions for Parkinson’s disease patients who do not want deep brain stimulation or a dopamine pump? There is a growing interest among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and families for a “nonsurgical” alternative to deep brain stimulation (DBS) A surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease.

What's Hot in PD? Everything a Parkinson’s Patient Needs to Know about Safinamide (Xadago): Should You Switch?

Date: 
Monday, April 3, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Safinamide (Xadago) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) medication fluctuations. Safinamide is a pill that when absorbed in the bloodstream travels to the brain and affects dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic systems.

What's Hot in PD? Tips Every Parkinson’s Patient Who Is Considering Stem Cell Transplantion Should Consider

Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Hope is something that is critical for everyone living with Parkinson’s disease. Hope for improvement in symptoms. Hope for a better life. Hope for a treatment that may one day arrest disease progression or even deliver a cure. We should embrace hope, but we should also protect everyone living with Parkinson’s disease and their family members from emotionally as well as financially draining opportunities which may overpromise and under-deliver.

What's Hot in PD? Is DBS Plus a Viable Future Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease?

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

Over the past two decades, deep brain stimulation (DBS) A surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. A special wire (lead) is inserted into a specific area of the brain responsible for movement. The lead is connected to a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest region.

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