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Review: “How Not to Die from Parkinson’s Disease”
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Review: “How Not to Die from Parkinson’s Disease”

At the World Parkinson Congress last September, I walked in on the tail-end of an academic session that dealt with nutrition.  The speaker ended with a strong pitch that we all read – and follow – Dr. Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die, the first half of which contains a chapter titled “How Not …

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Exercise and Anxiety
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Exercise and Anxiety

The New York Times recently recycled an article (“Why Exercise Makes You Less Anxious”) that it had published years ago on the relationship between anxiety and exercise – specifically aerobic and endurance exercises.  The bottom line:  by exercising regularly over time (at least six weeks might be the minimum), your mind will develop healthy new …

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White Collar Workers at Higher Risk for Parkinson’s and ALS
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White Collar Workers at Higher Risk for Parkinson’s and ALS

A just-released report from the Center for Disease Control in the USA states that there is a higher chance of dying from Parkinson’s disease (as well as ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease) if you are in a higher socioeconomic status profession (such as “computer and mathematical; architecture and engineering; legal; and education, training, and library …

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Tweak Your DBS Voltage with Your iPhone!
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Tweak Your DBS Voltage with Your iPhone!

Paul Detlefsen, age 44, of Iselin, New Jersey, has had Young Onset Parkinson’s disease for eight years.  Like a lot of us!  However, he is the first person to be able to control his DBS voltage with his iPhone.  The iPhone communicates with the DBS battery implanted in his chest via Bluetooth. The advantages are …

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The Perennial Closet + Yet Another Symptom
Bruce

The Perennial Closet + Yet Another Symptom

Here’s something that happened to me this week. I work in a public charter school in the Bronx, and I was in a 5th Grade science class while the children were doing Internet research projects on cells.  The teacher had created a master website list of all sorts of child-friendly sites that the children could …

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Parkinson’s Possibly Cured in Mice; Humans Next in Line?
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Parkinson’s Possibly Cured in Mice; Humans Next in Line?

Yesterday’s BBC reported that an international research team was able to reverse Parkinson’s disease in mice (or at least greatly reduce their symptoms) by re-engineering cells already in the brain (called astrocytes) to start producing dopamine, the chemical that Parkies don’t have enough of because the normal brain cells that produce it are dying off. However, …

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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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New Drug Approved for PD
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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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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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