Parkinson's Today Blog

Service Dogs for Parkinson’s

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Parkinson's Foundation

The dog lovers among us have yet another reason to treasure their pups — namely, that service dogs may be able to make life easier for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Service dogs can help with a number of PD symptoms from physical challenges such as balance to social and emotional issues as well.

Carolyn Weaver is an alumni member of our Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program. Her half-Labrador Retriever, half-Golden Retriever, Selma, helps with her mobility.

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Raise Awareness

Extreme Weather Emergency Preparedness

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Parkinson's Foundation

Preparing for extreme weather is a burden for anyone in the path of a storm or fire. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers should take these tips into consideration to ensure that all PD-related needs are accounted for when preparing for a hurricane or any other natural disaster:

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Tips for Daily Living

Ask the Experts: The Challenges of Using Marijuana as a Parkinson’s Treatment, Part 2

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Parkinson's Foundation

Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is one of the most popular topics among the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community ― for people with PD, health professionals and researchers, alike. Earlier this year, the Parkinson’s Foundation hosted its first-ever convening on marijuana and Parkinson’s.

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Research Round Up

Ask the Experts: The Challenges of Using Marijuana as a Parkinson’s Treatment, Part 1

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Parkinson's Foundation

Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is one of the most popular topics among the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community ― for people with PD, health professionals and researchers, alike. Earlier this year, the Parkinson’s Foundation hosted its first-ever convening on marijuana and Parkinson’s.

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Research Round Up

Vitamin K2 in People with Parkinson’s with Mitochondrial Mutation

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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

SAVE THE DATE: Participate in Parkinson’s Advocacy Day on September 10!

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On Tuesday, September 10, join members of our community for Parkinson's Advocacy Day and tell your lawmakers what matters to you when it comes to research funding and access to treatments.

As people with Parkinson's and their loved ones know, you can, and often must, be your own best advocate. No one understands the ins and outs of Parkinson's better than those who are touched by the disease.

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Raise Awareness

The PD Gut-Brain Connection

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Parkinson's Foundation

Parkinson’s disease (PD) results in the loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Because dopamine cannot cross the blood-brain barrier (a safety feature of the brain), people cannot simply take dopamine pills. The drug levodopa (L-dopa) — a precursor to dopamine and the gold standard for treating PD — does have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, where it successfully converts into the much-needed dopamine.

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Science News

We Are #Together4PD: Follow us on Instagram

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Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson’s disease (PD) community is full of energy, skill and passion ― and that’s the recipe to making life better for people with PD and advancing research toward a cure.

Follow our Instagram account to see how others in the PD community inspire us… and maybe get featured there yourself as we work #Together4PD!  

Check out our favorite Instagram posts:

 

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Tips for Daily Living

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