Parkinson's Disease Medication Overview

Parkinson’s Disease Medication Overview

Medications for PD fall into three categories. The first category includes drugs that increase the level of dopamine in the brain. The second category of PD drugs affects other neurotransmitters in the body in order to ease some of the symptoms of the disease. The third category of drugs prescribed for PD includes medications that help control the non-motor symptoms of the disease, that is, the symptoms that don't affect movement. The most common drugs for PD are in the first category, dopamine precursors—substances such as levodopa that cross the blood-brain barrier and are then changed into dopamine.  Other drugs ...
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 ...
Got Parkinson's? Get a Grip!

Got Parkinson’s? Get a Grip!

Losing your grip is more than just an analogy about Parkinson’s Disease. Quite literally, it's a physical manifestation of the disease, and one of the areas that is tested in the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Score (UPDRS) motor score that is used to measure the severity of Parkinson's Disease. There was an interesting study several years ago that found that declining grip strength on its own, was a good indicator of PD progression. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25653226 Why is this significant? Well, as Parkinson's gets worse, you lose more and more of your ability to grip, and this has negative impact on quality ...
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 ...
Parkinson's Disease: Placebo Effect & Dopamine

Parkinson’s Disease: Placebo Effect & Dopamine

Researchers hate the placebo effect, but for many of us with Parkinson’s, placebos help get us through the day. Maybe it’s a vitamin & supplement regimen, or your diet. Maybe there are foods you will or will not eat at particular times of the day. Maybe it’s your art or music. Maybe it’s your exercise routine. Maybe it’s your bicycle. Maybe it’s swimming. Maybe it’s dancing. Maybe it’s meditation. Maybe it’s neurofeedback. Maybe it’s yoga or tai chi. Maybe it’s a sport. Maybe it’s table tennis. Maybe it’s poetry. Maybe it’s your gun therapy. Maybe it’s a red light bucket ...
The Unexpected Placebo Effect of PD Volunteerism

The Unexpected Placebo Effect of PD Volunteerism

I'll admit it's an odd question to ask, "Can the action of volunteering and fund raising for PD research improve your Parkinson's symptoms today?" However, I believe that there is an interesting argument for how the action of volunteering and fund raising for PD research not only helps enable research that will benefit Parkinson's patients in the future, but can also improve your Parkinson's symptoms today. Let's call this the unexpected placebo effect of volunteerism ...