July 21, 2019 - Parkinson FIT Weekend Update

July 21, 2019 – Parkinson FIT Weekend Update

This Week's Highlights: It began with a gut feeling, the latest on the gut-brain connection and Parkinson's; Yale study challenges a long held assumption about Parkinson’s effect on neurotransmitters other than dopamine; Merck Discontinuing Sinemet CR; is PD causing your pain, or just contributing; taking control of your PD, encouraging people with PD to exercise; plus more news and insight ...
July 14, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

July 14, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This Week's Highlights: NASA sending Parkinson’s brain cells to space; Is red light therapy a potential hope for treating pain associated with PD; Understanding exercise intensity; reconnecting through rhythm; Info on Parkinson’s meds & nutritional supplements; gene therapy nears trial for PD-GBA; Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD); How long do the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery last?; MS, ALS & PD: Cure one, cure all?; Inspiring people with PD; and more ...
July 7, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

July 7, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This Week's Highlights: Help us build a better website; new study says “sexercise is medicine” for men with early Parkinson’s disease; the keto diet might be a good idea for PD, but proceed with caution; Dopamine agonists might be linked to hair loss, particularly in women; saliva test for PD; open science; "off period" analysis; we ponder why a researcher thinks being able to name 38 vegetables in one minute is normal; and more ...
June 30, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

June 30, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This Week's Highlights: Parkinson's humor at the supermarket checkout; more evidence that PD starts in the gut; Blue Water Navy Vietnam vets finally get disability benefits; Michael J. Fox Foundation plans to take their show on the road; brain changing benefits of exercise; Parkinson's and Pain - is your mattress trying to kill you; Photobiomodulation and a stroll through the PD Red Light District ...
June 23, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

June 23, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This Week's Highlights: Is Laughter Still The Best Medicine - Carbidopa/Laughodopa Therapy; Best Blogs from World Parkinson Congress 2019; Gut bacteria ate my Parkinson's meds; magnetic button adapters; Performing DBS while you sleep (the patient that is, not the surgeon); what is the glymphatic system; somatic genetic mutations; PD Summer School; 50-state Rock Steady Boxing Tour; Ping Pong Parkinson; What's in the pipeline for PD; Hype or Hope for treatments in the news; and more ...
June 16, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

June 16, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Weekly Update Highlights: Parkinson's Disease and the nagging spouse; Parkinson's Si Buko (the must-read inspiring effort in Uganda to educate that PD is not witchcraft); Generic Carbidopa/Levodopa Extended Release; Gut Bacteria Interferes with Parkinson's Disease Medication; PD research updates; diet and nutrition for Parkinson's; PD exercise programs in the news; and more ...
June 10, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

June 10, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

World Parkinson Congress 2019 Highlights: Remembering Tom Isaacs; Advice to caregivers: "Be a bit more of a selfish pig"; triple amputee with PD exclaims "If I can do it, you can do it. Get out and go!"; PD diet & nutrition study analyzes real world diet of people with PD to determine what helps and what doesn't; “Living Well, Running Hard: Lessons Learned from Living with Parkinson’s Disease”; plus a weekly roundup of Parkinson's related news ...
June 2, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

June 2, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Weekly Update - Highlights include: World Parkinson Congress 2019 heads to Kyoto, Japan for the epic battle of "Parkinson's Disease vs. Chopsticks - Will We Go Home Hungry?"; focused ultrasound and PD; NIH awards $3 million grant for 5-year PD exercise study; deteriorating financial skills, dementia and brain plaques; hockey pucks for Parkinson's; inspiring people with PD; how DBS changes lives for the better; does PD cause low testosterone or is it something else; PD exercise programs in the news and more ...
May 26, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

May 26, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Weekly Update - Highlights include: Looking ahead to World Parkinson Congress 2019 and back at WPC2016; a vacuum cleaner analogy that sucks; Help Wanted (for this website); dyskinesias Dancing; Losing your grip (and where to look for it); don't take CBD Oil to Disney; pick your PD therapy - hockey or karate; research study says strength training makes you breathe hard; Kirk Gibson; Olympic dreams for PD skier; reducing dementia risk; and more ...
May 19, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

May 19, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Weekly Update - Highlights include: On-line Parkinson’s Exercise programs; another clinical trial treatment can't beat the placebo; feral pigs vs. placebo; dancing with your dog; Parkinson’s choruses sing for their supper; What I Wish I Knew, But Am Glad I Didn’t Know (When I Was Diagnosed With Parkinson’s); and more ...
May 11, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

May 11, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Weekly Update - Highlights include: Mayo Clinic researchers explore the relationship between low levels of Vitamin B-12 and Parkinson’s; appendix removal might or might not affect Parkinson’s risk; monkey butt research finds PD related proteins linked to inflammation; impulse control disorders and PD; Pharmaceutical News from the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology; technology targets freezing of gait; creating your own placebo effect; inspiring people with Parkinson's talk boxing, DBS and poetry; and more ...
May 4, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

May 4, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Weekly Update - We start with why strength training should be a component of any exercise protocol for Parkinson's. Next, we find inspiration and life lessons from 6 individuals who challenge preconceived notions of Parkinson's Disease. In research news, after more than 10 years of study, a once promising drug candidate fizzles out; an interview with the doctor behind the spine tingling research featured last week; a biomarker that will bring a tear to your eye; the latest MJFox Foundation grants. Plus, we share some of our favorite updates from Parkinson's bloggers this week; Parkinson's exercise programs in the news; and ...
April 28, 2019 - Parkinson’s Weekly Update

April 28, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Weekly Update - Spine tingling implants help restore walking ability for housebound patients; young blood infusions aren’t just for vampires any more; brain implants decode and synthesize speech; a health insurer includes coverage for a Parkinson’s Boxing program; Deep Brain Stimulation info;  top Parkinson’s blogs; UK GDNF Trial Follow-up; Parkinson’s exercise programs in the news last week; and more ...
April 21, 2019 - Parkinson’s Weekly Update

April 21, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Major Tom to Ground Control ... this week’s report comes from  somewhere over the North Atlantic Ocean at an altitude of 36,000 feet, where we are currently testing air turbulence therapy for Parkinson’s Disease ... so apologies in advance for any and all typos. In an otherwise slow holiday week, University of Cambridge researchers are suggesting that an existing high blood pressure medication, felodipine, might be repurposed to treat Parkinson’s Disease. This study reminds me of another high blood pressure medication, isradipine, also a calcium channel blocker, which saw positive results in an animal model study 12 years ago. Since ...
April 13, 2019 - Parkinson’s Weekly Update

April 13, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

Parkinson’s Disease features this week: World Parkinson’s Day awareness around the globe; boxing helps a husband get his wife back from Parkinson’s grip; bionic assistance for raising a middle finger as a PD salute; a young onset PD perspective on bucket lists; virtual reality training for balance; detecting early stage Parkinson’s with a selfie (and not just because the camera is shaking); people with Parkinson’s in the UK are tired of people thinking they are drunk; and more. Thursday, April 11 was World Parkinson’s Day 2019, a day on which various organizations try to draw public awareness to issues surrounding ...
April 6, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

April 6, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This is a recap of the most interesting news and discussions related to Parkinson’s Disease this past week. We start by trying to make sense of the latest news reports about Vitamin B-12 and hereditary Parkinson's. The research is very preliminary, but quite interesting when considered in conjunction with other recent studies. Next we ponder why researchers are giving fruit flies jet lag; see how PD progression can be measured with standard MRI equipment; learn why yelling at clouds may be a sign of a particular non-motor symptom of PD; watch local TV news stations participate in Parkinson's Disease Awareness ...
March 31, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

March 31, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This is a recap of the most interesting news and discussions related to Parkinson’s Disease this past week. We start by looking ahead to Parkinson's Disease Awareness which starts on Monday by revisiting the funniest (and most relatable) Parkinson's Disease awareness video of all time. We then realize that we may be personally too aware of PD, so we take a look at awareness months for other diseases and health issues. Next up we try to avoid the big gun debate while reporting on an intriguing case study of "gun therapy" for Parkinson's; a hip-hop dance demonstration inspires one of ...
March 23, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

March 23, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This is a recap of the most interesting news and discussions related to Parkinson’s Disease this past week. In completely made-up financial news, button industry stocks were down sharply after the Michael J. Fox Foundation announced a button boycott, as part of new initiative to tell the world to stop making products that people with Parkinson's hate. Find out what industry is the next target in our exclusive special report. Also featured this week: "I love the smell of Parkinson's in the morning!" The woman who can smell Parkinson's is back in the news, with research study results confirming that a ...
March 16, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

March 16, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This is a recap of the most interesting news and discussions related to Parkinson’s Disease this past week. A couple of friends commented to me that last week’s newsletter was a bit depressing, particularly the lead story. So this week, we’ve added extra snark factor to our topic introductions...and our lead story is a fluff piece that serves no purpose other than to make you laugh. The lead story arrives courtesy of a TV comedy writer who, after his PD diagnosis, decided to give stand-up comedy a go. Also featured this week: a deep dive into the decidedly low tech sorting ...
March 9, 2019 - Parkinson's Weekly Update

March 9, 2019 – Parkinson’s Weekly Update

This is a recap of the most interesting news and discussions relating to Parkinson’s Disease this past week. Researchers delivered a sobering statistic that if you can survive more than 10 years with Parkinson's, there is a greater than 50% chance of developing dementia...and reminded us that regular exercise is the best intervention to avoid becoming a statistic. Fee-fi-fo-fum, this woman can smell the musky smell of Parkinson's...the fascinating story of a wife who nagged her husband about his hygiene for years before his PD diagnosis...20+ years later researchers are using her to sniff out biomarkers that can be used ...
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