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Simon Stott: “Where Are We Now With Parkinson’s Research?”
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Simon Stott: “Where Are We Now With Parkinson’s Research?”

Here’s a great, recent video that addresses the question, “Where are we now with Parkinson’s research?”  The author/speaker, Simon Stott, is a post-doctoral researcher at Cambridge University, where he focuses on Parkinson’s disease.  I found this video on his website, The Science of Parkinson’s Disease, which is both highly technical as well as interesting and …

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Daily Marijuana Use *May* Help Parkies
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Daily Marijuana Use *May* Help Parkies

Three articles (click!  click!  click!) recently reported that people with Parkinson’s disease who smoked medical marijuana daily claimed mostly positive outcomes. In a nutshell: Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel assessed daily cannabis use in 47 Parkinson’s patients over several months. A grand majority – 82 percent – said cannabis “improved their overall symptoms.” These patients …

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Review:  The Parkinson’s Playbook, by Robert Smith
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Review:  The Parkinson’s Playbook, by Robert Smith

Robert Smith, a retired landscaping architect who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006, has just come out with a book that explains how he turned his life around five years after his diagnosis. Apparently from 2006 until 2011, he was on a downward spiral, still working long hours and getting by primarily on Parkinson’s …

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Coffee – Not the Parkinson’s Panacea Anymore…
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Coffee – Not the Parkinson’s Panacea Anymore…

In many of my earlier Parking Suns posts (e.g., click!) I reported on research that lauded coffee as a means of slowing Parkinson’s progression.  For example, the University of Maryland website states that “coffee and caffeine may lower the risk and progression of Parkinson’s.” However, a recent article in Medical News Today summarizes new research from Canada …

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Drug Regimen Updated Again!
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Drug Regimen Updated Again!

Here’s my latest drug regimen, which my neurologist updated to increase the Clonazepam and Nortriptyline, which should tamp down the anxiety that was ruthlessly ruling (rudely ruining? routinely uprooting?) my life. I’ve included medications prescribed by my primary care physician, such as Androgel and Simvastatin. Morning R = Ropinirole 0.5 mg; S = Sinemet 25/100; …

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Young Onset Parkies In the News
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Young Onset Parkies In the News

Here are two contrasting stories of Young Onset Parkies in the recent news. 1.  Top Reader Response in This Week’s New York Times Chris, in San Francisco, wrote a reader response to a NY Times article about the U.S. House of Representatives’ repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).  His comment received the most …

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Parkinson’s Disease Anxiety:  5 Ways Out of This Labyrinth
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Parkinson’s Disease Anxiety:  5 Ways Out of This Labyrinth

As I have written before, Parkies are at high risk for anxiety disorder.  This is not merely because we’re reacting in fear to our diagnosis, but because PD changes the chemical structure of our brain in a way that naturally brings on anxiety and its partner-in-crime, depression.  As one article that I read noted, researchers found …

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In the Offing: Future Therapies for PD
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In the Offing: Future Therapies for PD

I recently received the following message from Benjamin Stecher in my blog’s in-box: Hey, fellow PD advocate and blogger here, Below is a link to my latest blog entry about the future of PD therapies, thought you might be interested in taking a look. https://tmrwedition.com/2017/03/23/the-future-of-parkinsons-disease-therapies/ I have recently started collaborating with a number of research labs …

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