Parkinson's Today Blog

Groundbreaking Research Explores Genetic Causes of Parkinson’s in Latinos

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Parkinson's Foundation

Every ethnic group across the globe is impacted by Parkinson’s disease (PD). However, most of the PD genetic information that is studied by scientists has primarily been collected from people of European and East Asian ancestry. In fact, as of 2018, only 1.3% of study participants in the genome-wide association study (GWAS) Catalog data are Latino. With Parkinson’s on the rise on a global scale, the importance of increasing the genetic diversity of research participants is of utmost importance.

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Science News

Updates From the Field: Parkinson’s Outcomes Project

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Parkinson's Foundation

For more than a decade, the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project has captured the experiences of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and care partners on topics such as medications, treatment, exercise and lifestyle. How has this essential data helped make life better for people with Parkinson’s?

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Research Round Up

Berry Compound Reverses Parkinson’s in Mice

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Parkinson's Foundation

The human body naturally produces antioxidants. These antioxidants have been shown to destroy excess free radicals (oxidative stress) which, in turn, helps protect brain cells (neurons) from their toxic effects, such as inflammation, DNA damage and cell tissue damage. Studies have also shown that long-term oxidative stress contributes to the development of many diseases such as diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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Science News

6 Questions for Exploring Your Parkinson’s-Related Grief

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Parkinson's Foundation

Women holding handsGrief is part of the human experience and a natural response to loss we experience. We meet grief regularly throughout our lives as we lose or say goodbye to what we hold dear, be it the people we loved, the things and routines in our life that were important to us, or the plans or hopes we dreamed one day would come true.

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Raise Awareness

Parkinson’s Q&A: How do I find information after a new diagnosis?

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Parkinson's Foundation

Woman holding iPad reading PD Conversations

Navigating Parkinson’s disease (PD) can feel like a never-ending learning curve. PD Conversations is a place to ask your Parkinson’s questions and connect with others living with the disease. In this blog series, we highlight a high-interest question answered by the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline on PD Conversations. 

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Tips for Daily Living

Update from our CSO: Pesticides, Paraquat and Parkinson’s

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Parkinson's Foundation

Man spraying pesticides

We are 100+ years since the publication of James Parkinson’s essay the Shaking Palsy describing his eponymous disease. Yet, aside from a small number of individuals who have clear genetic causes to their disease, we still do not know the reason why the majority of people develop Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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Raise Awareness

Genetic Counselors Answer Top Parkinson’s Questions

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Parkinson's Foundation

Woman speaking to counselor on laptop

Through its national study, PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease, the Parkinson’s Foundation is giving people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) insights into their PD and opportunities to take action, while accelerating PD treatments. Genetic counseling, offered in English and Spanish, is a critical and unique part of this study.

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Research Round Up
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