Parkinson’s Disease

High Intensity Workouts May Slow PD Progression for the Newly Diagnosed
Bruce

High Intensity Workouts May Slow PD Progression for the Newly Diagnosed

The NY Times reported this week on a research study which found that high-intensity treadmill training slowed the progression of Parkinson’s disease in Parkies who were “newly diagnosed” (that is, diagnosed within the past five years). The researchers studied 128 men and women who fit this definition.  The researchers randomly divided the participants into three …

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Fox Foundation Endorses “Parkinson’s Pandemic” Paper
Bruce

Fox Foundation Endorses “Parkinson’s Pandemic” Paper

Todd Sherer, the CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, this week wrote an op-ed in The Hill in which he promotes a recently published opinion piece in JAMA Neurology, which called for treating Parkinson’s as a pandemic. I blogged about the Jama Neurology article before; let’s hope Todd Sherer’s article pushes lawmakers …

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A High-Calorie Diet May Help You Live Longer
Bruce

A High-Calorie Diet May Help You Live Longer

According to a recently published study in Neurology (and summarized for the lay reader in Medical News Today), people with Parkinson’s disease need to watch out for weight loss, especially right after they are diagnosed. As Medical News Today says in its banner heading: People with Parkinson’s disease who lose weight may be more likely to develop …

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

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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Parkinson’s Disease – the Next AIDS-like Pandemic?
Bruce

Parkinson’s Disease – the Next AIDS-like Pandemic?

A recent opinion article in JAMA Neurology declares that Parkinson’s disease may soon be a global pandemic as the world’s population ages and more and more people are diagnosed with PD.  Compared to the growth rates of other neurological disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke), new cases of Parkinson’s are increasing at a faster pace …

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“Golden Boy” Update: Boxing, Acting, Defeating Parkinson’s
Bruce

“Golden Boy” Update: Boxing, Acting, Defeating Parkinson’s

After I posted yesterday about the revival of the 1937 play “Golden Boy,” one of the people involved with the project (and with the organization which is sponsoring it, stoPD), Dr. Roberta Marongiu, wrote the following comment on a Facebook page where I had left a link to my post: Roberta Marongiu Thank you so much …

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“Golden Boy” w/ Parkinson’s
Bruce

“Golden Boy” w/ Parkinson’s

The local NPR radio station in New York, WNYC, just interviewed three people  involved in a revival of Clifford Odet’s 1937 play, “Golden Boy.”  The play focuses on a young man who is talented at the violin and dreams of pursuing a musical career, while at the same time a boxing promoter wants the young …

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Guest Post: 5 Skills You Need To Get Hired As A Live-In Carer
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Guest Post: 5 Skills You Need To Get Hired As A Live-In Carer

The following is a guest blog post from The Good Care Group in London, England. 5 Skills You Need To Get Hired As A Live-In Carer There is no better option than a career in Live-In Care if you have a natural passion for helping others. As a Live-In Carer, you can experience an unmatched level of …

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Daily Marijuana Use *May* Help Parkies
Bruce

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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