Parkinson's Today Blog

Answering the Top Care Partner Questions About Mental Health

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Parkinson's Foundation

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act,” according to the Centers of Disease Control. When it comes to living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) ― in any stage ― or caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s, it can become difficult to manage and maintain your optimal mental health.

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Caregiver Corner

What Happens in the Vagus Nerve: The PD Gut-Brain Connection

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Parkinson's Foundation

The gut-brain relationship is real. Stomach or intestinal distress can lead to anxiety or depression. However, those gut-brain connections go much further: evidence from recent studies strongly suggest a link between the gut (the gastrointestinal system) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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Science News

15 Ways to Exercise Your Brain This Summer

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Parkinson's Foundation

Summer is here! Even though coronavirus and social distancing may still play a part in our day-to-day lives, we want to help you feel “on” all summer long. Bring the sunshine into your home with new ways to stay mentally active.

This summer, exercise your brain with these exercises that will help you remember the good times, make new memories and plan for what’s next.

Remember the Good Times

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Tips for Daily Living

New Study Examines Impulse Control, REM sleep and Dopamine

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Parkinson's Foundation

Impulse control behaviors (ICBs) affect between 14% and 40% of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Examples of ICB’s include compulsive gambling or shopping, hoarding and hyper sexuality. ICBs become impulse control disorders (ICD) when they impair one’s ability to function at work, home and navigate day-to-day life. Only 2% of people have ICBs in the general population.

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Science News

One-Man Study: Brain Cell Transplant

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Parkinson's Foundation

Parkinson’s disease (PD) results from the death and deterioration of dopamine-producing neurons (brain cells) in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. What if those cells could be reprogrammed to function in a healthy way? That is the promise of a stem cell therapy that is called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). If this extraordinary reprogramming capability could be harnessed ― and if the results were sustainable ― that would be a scientific game changer for treating neurological diseases, including the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

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Science News

Medical Cannabis Convening Findings: Top Takeaways and Guidance

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Parkinson's Foundation

Many people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have looked to medical cannabis (marijuana) to provide some relief to their range of non-motor and motor symptoms. However, little is known about the effects of medical cannabis for PD symptoms or their potential side effects and safety issues.

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Research Round Up

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