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Individual Parkies Taking Charge
Bruce

Individual Parkies Taking Charge

There’s been a bunch of articles recently about average Jane or Joe Parkies taking charge of their lives and speaking out.  Shall we review a few? 1. Mike Wood Lifts Weights Mike Wood, who lives in La Grande, Oregon, learned he had Parkinson’s three years ago, when he was 58.  At first he was devastated …

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“Time” for Parkinson’s
Bruce

“Time” for Parkinson’s

The online Time magazine has a great article on Margaret Bourke-White, the famous Life magazine photographer who developed Parkinson’s disease in 1953 and fought it tooth and nail so she could continue taking pictures.  But the 1950s were not a good time to come down with Parkinson’s; she didn’t have the drugs we take today (including …

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Parkinson’s Unity Walk – New York City
Bruce

Parkinson’s Unity Walk – New York City

Yesterday was the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York’s Central Park. The photo above shows the starting gate, where I was supposed to meet some friends from Europe (Andy Butler and the Radio Parkies crowd).  But I was way late because the New York City traffic was at a standstill, as the streets near Central …

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Canadian Parkie in the News
Bruce

Canadian Parkie in the News

Yesterday’s CBC News (in Canada) reported on Robyn Levy, a young woman with Parkinson’s who fights back through exercise and art.  (She was also a fellow official blogger of the last World Parkinson Congress!) From the article: In the ten years that she’s battled Parkinson’s, she’s written a published book, taken up painting as a hobby, and become …

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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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Michael J. Fox Does AARP
Bruce

Michael J. Fox Does AARP

Or is it “AARP Does Michael J. Fox”? At any rate, AARP The Magazine has a great interview with Fox in its current issue.  He talks about how he’s coping with Parkinson’s twenty-six years after his diagnosis.  And I must say, he’s coping very well.  He laughs off what he sees as the ridiculous aspects …

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Navin Kumar – Parkie Ping Pong Powerhouse
Bruce

Navin Kumar – Parkie Ping Pong Powerhouse

I’ve blogged recently about a local tennis table center which hosts a weekly night for people with Parkinson’s disease.  But now I’ve met, via email, Navin Kumar, a top-ranked ping-pong athlete who not only has Parkinson’s disease but a history of congenital heart problems that resulted in five open-heart surgeries and a partially artificial heart. Navin …

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Parkie Ping-Pong: Part 3 and Counting
Bruce

Parkie Ping-Pong: Part 3 and Counting

I’ve blogged twice now (click!  click!) about the weekly Parkinson’s night at a local table tennis center, and now there’s more to come.  Here’s another news clip about the event – and yes, that’s me in the background either hitting balls or chasing after them!   It turns out ping-pong offers a lot of benefits …

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Reader Response: Have Your Lost Your Mind?
Bruce

Reader Response: Have Your Lost Your Mind?

  Today I am responding via my six Reader Response Questions to a 2014 New Yorker article by Michael Kinsley, “Have You Lost Your Mind?” Click here to read the background of the six Reader Response Questions. Describe in your own words what happened in the pages you just read. What are the main points?  (Don’t look …

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Quelling Tremors One Hand at a Time
Bruce

Quelling Tremors One Hand at a Time

The BBC has a terrific video about a computer wizard in London who developed hardware and software that quell Parkinson tremors in the hand of Young Onset Parkie Emma Lawton. Emma is a graphic designer.  At the beginning of the video, she can no longer draw or write her name.  The computer geek, Haiyan Zhang, invents …

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