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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

Understanding How Aging Affects Dopamine in Parkinson’s

Date: 
Monday, April 29, 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

Understanding Medicare: Tips for Caregivers

Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2019
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Understanding Medicare can be extremely frustrating for many seniors — there are so many parts involved, so many details that require research and potential changes to health care providers and their services, that some seniors become overwhelmed and find it hard to keep searching for the right coverage.

Category: 
Tips for Daily Living

GBA Mutation May Lead to Novel Therapeutics

Date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

One of the most common genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s disease (PD) is having a mutated GBA gene (which makes the enzyme glucocerebrosidase). In fact, 5 to 10 percent of people with PD have that specific GBA mutation in one copy of the gene (mutations in both copies of the gene lead to Gaucher disease).

Category: 
Science News

Non-motor Symptoms: What’s New? Part 2

Date: 
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is largely known for its motor symptoms, slow movement, tremor Involuntary shaking of the hands, arms, legs, jaw or tongue. The typical Parkinson’s tremor is “pill-rolling” — it looks like holding a pill between thumb and forefinger and continuously rolling it around. Some people report an internal tremor, a shaking sensation inside the chest, abdomen or limbs that cannot be seen.

Category: 
Tips for Daily Living

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