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 ...
Am I a Fool to Consider Red Light Therapy?

Am I a Fool to Consider Red Light Therapy?

I know what you're thinking, there must be a sucker born every minute. That is a reasonable hypothesis, and by my calculation, probably a gross underestimate. The CIA estimates 2018 global population to be 7,503,828,180, with a birth rate of 18.2 births per 1,000 population. This translates to approximately 259 births per minute. In order to reach our target of one sucker born of every minute, we need 1 out of 259, or 0.38% of those born to be suckers. (Source: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/xx.html) In the USA alone, there are approximately 3.8 million births per year, or 7.23 per minute. In order ...
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 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 ...
David Sangster - DBS Surgery Before/After

David Sangster – DBS Surgery Before/After

David Sangster was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s Disease 8 years ago at the age of 29, and has been extremely active as an advocate for Parkinson’s issues in the UK. Worsening motor symptoms and Dyskinesia led him to consider Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Last week, he shared a powerful before and after DBS video: A few weeks ago, he shared his excitement about regaining control of his Parkinson’s symptoms: David is an extremely talented filmmaker, and you can find many more great videos on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPBS3iDO2ZM-crp2R2cwbQ ...
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 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 ...
Jim McNasby - Why Did I Wait So Long For DBS?

Jim McNasby – Why Did I Wait So Long For DBS?

Parkinson’s News Today profiled Jim McNasby, a New York City attorney who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 20 years ago at the young age of 30. After recently having had Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery, he wonders why he waited so long. https://parkinsonsnewstoday.com/2019/05/03/lawyer-parkinsons-disease-describes-positive-effects-dbs/ Update: Jim McNasby has also been profiled by Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/this-man-with-parkinsons-experienced-improvement-after-trying-deep-brain-stimulation ...
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 ...