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Keeping the Mind Mentally Active

Date: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Just as exercise keeps your body strong, mental activity keeps the mind sharp and agile. Challenging the brain and continuous learning not only keeps the mind healthy, but they also impact our entire physical well-being. New dendrites (the connections between nerve ells that allow cells to communicate with each other) are produced throughout your entire life. These new connections help you store and retrieve information more easily.

Category: 
Tips for Daily Living

Protein May Hold Clues to Development of Parkinson’s

Date: 
Friday, June 21, 2019

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.

Category: 
Research Round Up

Breaking News: Economic Burden of Parkinson’s Disease is $52 Billion

Date: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

A new study resulting from a partnership of Parkinson’s organizations and industry partners reveals that the economic burden of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the U.S. is $51.9 billion – nearly double previous estimates.

Highlights from the Study:

Category: 
Research Round Up

Finding the Home You Need: Modifications for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

It can be very difficult for a someone with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to find a home with accessibility features. Most real estate agents don’t have much experience dealing with accessible properties and there are few resources that can simplify the process for disabled home buyers. It takes considerable research and patience to find a property that meets your needs.

Category: 
Tips for Daily Living

Simple Blood Draw Reveals Early Inflammation/Fatigue Connection

Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2019
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

First described as a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD) more than 20 years ago, PD-related fatigue remains an under-recognized, clinically significant, disabling symptom that can diminish quality of life (Herlofson et al., 2018; Kluger et al., 2016).

Category: 
Research Round Up

Parkinson’s Foundation to Share Research Findings at World Parkinson Congress

Date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Every three years, the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) provides an international forum where health professionals, care partners and people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) come together to discuss the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson’s.

Category: 
Research Round Up

Investigating the Role of Lipids in Parkinson’s

Date: 
Monday, May 27, 2019
Author: 
Roy N. Alcalay, MD, MS

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.

Category: 
Science News

A Possible New Gait Way: Spinal Cord Stimulation

Date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Many people with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD) suffer from gait (walking) dysfunction, freezing of gait and postural instability. These symptoms can cause falling, resulting in a multitude of injuries, a loss of personal freedom, caregiver stress and a reduction in the quality of life (Pirker & Katzenschlager, 2017; Samotus, Parrent, & Jog, 2018).

Category: 
Science News

What Can I Do to Improve My Speech and Communication?

Date: 
Friday, May 10, 2019
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

About 75 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience changes in speech and voice. These changes usually come on gradually and can vary from mild to severe. In the newest Parkinson’s Foundation educational book, Speech and Swallowing, we cover the symptoms, tools and exercises that can help you or a loved one better understand and manage speech, swallowing, voice, communication and cognitive problems in PD.

Category: 
Tips for Daily Living

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