Medications

Coffee – Not the Parkinson’s Panacea Anymore…
Bruce

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!
Bruce

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
Bruce

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
Bruce

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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New Drug Approved for PD
Bruce

New Drug Approved for PD

The New York Times reports that the USA’s Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for Parkinson’s.  It’s the first time that the FDA approved a new PD medicine in ten years. The drug’s trade name is Xadago (chemical name:  safinamide).  It is intended to help people who have been taking Sinemet but find …

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Marijuana + Older Parkies:  An Expanding New Thing
Bruce

Marijuana + Older Parkies:  An Expanding New Thing

The New York Times reports today that elderly people who live in nursing homes or assisted living centers are using marijuana daily to cope with pain and other physical aggravations.  Sometimes they do this with the help of the institution they’re living in.  Other times they keep the marijuana locked in a safe within their …

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12 Facts You May Not Know About Anxiety and Parkinson’s Disease
Bruce

12 Facts You May Not Know About Anxiety and Parkinson’s Disease

I culled the following points from a half dozen online articles, listed below. I’m keen to learn more about anxiety as it relates to Parkinson’s disease.  My neurologist is having me visit a psychiatrist who will tweak my drug regimen to help me deal with anxiety.  I’m pretty sure that anxiety is causing me to …

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