Parkinson's Today Blog

Who are Parkinson’s Champions?

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Parkinson's Foundation

Parkinson’s Champions participate in the Parkinson’s Foundation community fundraising and endurance program who raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Together, Parkinson’s Champions have hosted more than 150 annual community fundraisers across the country, run more than 10,000 miles and raised more than $9.4 million to help make lives better for people living with Parkinson’s.

Who can become a Parkinson’s Champion?

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Raise Awareness

Phlegm-busting Drug Ambroxol Shows Promise in Parkinson’s

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Parkinson's Foundation

One of the major genetic risk factors believed to contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is having a mutation in the gene called GBA1 (glucocerebrosidase). Unable to do its job correctly, this damaged gene leads to the build-up of unhealthy, misfolded clumps of alpha-synuclein in the brain. These clumps, called Lewy bodies, impact dopamine production and are the hallmark of PD. What if there was a way to prevent the build-up of Lewy bodies in the first place?

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Science News

Q&A with Parkinson’s Specialist and Nurse Practitioner

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Parkinson's Foundation

Stephanie De Santiago, DNP, AGNP-C, has a doctorate in nursing (DNP) and is an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, where she specializes in movement disorders and cognitive neurology. She is also a faculty associate for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Arizona State University.

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Research Round Up

Find Out What Our Researchers Are Working on Right Now

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Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation has provided funding to more than 550 researchers since 2010. These scientists and researchers receive Foundation awards to improve our understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD), which will ultimately lead us to better treatments and a cure. We recently sat down with nine of them to get the latest highlights of their ongoing PD research:

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Research Round Up

Meet the Researcher: Do Environmental Contaminants Increase Parkinson’s Risk?

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Parkinson's Foundation

Over the next three years the Parkinson’s Foundation will invest more than $50 million to Parkinson’s disease (PD) research and clinical care. At the heart of our research initiatives are scientists and researchers who have received Foundation awards to improve our understanding of Parkinson’s, which will ultimately lead us to a cure.

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Research Round Up

Estrogen Therapy for Men? Maybe.

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Parkinson's Foundation

Men are more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease (PD) than women, and the onset of PD in men happens at a younger age. However, women with PD have a higher mortality rate, and once they have Parkinson’s, progression is faster. Research suggests that women get the disease at later in life when compared to men, at least in part, due to the natural protection estrogen provides.

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Science News

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