Living With Parkinsons

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Parkinson's research turns personal for 'Brain Storms' author

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 1:25 PM

As a science journalist, Jon Palfreman has gone deep on topics ranging from autism to climate change... winning big awards such as the Peabody for his work along the way.  But his latest subject, chose him.  Jon Palfreman has been immersed in the world of Parkinson's disease since his own diagnosis, just over four years ago.  Listen to radio interview.

Free Webinar: Building a Care Partnership: Supporting a Loved One with Parkinsons Disease

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Caregivers offer critical support throughout a loved one’s journey with Parkinson’s disease. They are a major part of any care team, helping to make adjustments to daily life and adapt to new routines. In this webinar, we will explore how caregivers can help manage a friend or family member’s health after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.  Read more & Pre-register

Depression: not a normal part of aging

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Health problems, reduced income and the death of a partner or loved one are just some of the difficulties often faced in older age. With this in mind, it is perhaps unsurprising that around 7 million American adults aged 65 and older experience some form of depression. What is surprising is that depression among seniors is often overlooked and untreated.  Read more.

Possible new treatment for neurodegenerative diseases found

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that a well-established anti-epileptic drug could also be used as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases.  Neurodegeneration involves the progressive loss of nerve structure and function and is a common characteristic of several conditions, including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's. Such diseases are presently incurable.  Re...

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Electric 'noise' treats Parkinsons symptoms

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 11:40 PM

A portable pocket-sized stimulation device is being tested on patients with Parkinson's disease in the hope that it will alleviate balance problems associated with the disease.  See Video.

Blood-based biomarkers for early detection, diagnosis and staging of Parkinsons disease

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 11:25 PM

A blood test that can accurately detect early-stage Parkinson's disease and differentiate it from later stages of the disease has been developed by a group of researchers. The test can also distinguish Parkinson's from other neurological (Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis) and non-neurological diseases (breast cancer).  Read more.

Scientists map Parkinsons spread in brain

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 2:20 PM

A new study maps the path Parkinson's takes as it spreads from affected to healthy tissue in the early stages of the brain-wasting disease.  By comparing scans of people affected by the disease and healthy counterparts, a new study has mapped the early stages of Parkinson's disease progress in the brain.  The results should increase our understanding of how Parkinson's disease spreads, say researchers from McGil...

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This Woman can sniff out Parkinsons Disease

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 1:35 PM

A 65-year-old Scottish woman has a unique ability that can revolutionise the way Parkinson's is diagnosed: she can sniff out the debilitating disease.  Read more.

Aquatic Exercise benefits people with Parkinsons.

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 11:45 AM

People with Parkinson’s disease that exercise regularly move and maintain balance better than those who do not. Water boasts unique properties that enable it to be used for both therapy and fitness, especially for persons who cannot comfortably move on land, as is often the case for people with Parkinson’s. In water, the fear of falling evaporates.  Read more.

Exercise and Parkinsons Disease

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Aside from working with your doctor on an ongoing plan primarily involving medications, one of the most important things you can do is exercise. Many people cite swimming, walking and yoga as favorites. The universal benefits of exercise in helping everyone feel better and improving overall health are well-documented. There is evidence that exercise may hold specific benefits for people with Parkinson's in staying active and relatively limber, and improving balance and motor co...

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Vitamin D Levels Linked to Parkinson's Symptoms

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Better thinking, mood associated with higher levels, study finds


WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Higher vitamin D levels are associated with better thinking and mood in people with Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

The finding may lead to new ways to delay or prevent the onset of thinking problems and depression in people with the progressive neurodegenerative disease, the r...

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You Have Just Been Diagnosed with Parkinson's, Now What?

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

You Have Just Been Diagnosed with Parkinson's, Now What?  First, don't panic. Go ahead and get mad, throw a fit, cry for a while, then get over it and get on with your life. It's just Parkinson's disease, it won't kill you. It could be a lot worse, you could have cancer.

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Parkinson's alters your sense of yourself: Andy Barrie

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Former radio personality Andy Barrie, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly a decade ago, says one of the biggest challenges with his illness is “the disconnect between who you are and what people see.”


In a candid discussion with Dr. Marla Shapiro, Barrie spoke openly about how he has dealt with the disease, including having to carefully moderate his diet and medication schedule in order to get through an in...

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Patients Pedal Past Parkinsons

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

01Apr10 - ABC News - Just a few minutes of bicycling creates lasting improvements in motor functions.

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Video: Michael J Fox returns to TV

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

21Aug12 - CNN - Television star and Parkinson's sufferer and advocate Michael J Fox returns to television in the Fall of 2012!  The new sitcom will feature Fox playing a role as a father with Parkinson's.

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Video: Boxing good therapy for Parkinsons patients

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

23May12 - CTV - At the Cummings Centre in Montreal, Parkinsons patients are battling the disease with boxing. Brian Wilde has more on boxing therapy.

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Easing Depression In Parkinson's Patients Without Worsening Other Symptoms

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

13Apr12 - Medical News Today - Today's anti-depressant medications can ease depression in Parkinson's patients without worsening other symptoms of the disease, according to a study published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Eating Flavonoids Protects Men Against Parkinson's Disease

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

04Apr12 - ScienceDaily — Men who eat flavonoid-rich foods such as berries, tea, apples and red wine significantly reduce their risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to new research by Harvard University and the University of East Anglia.

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Smart phone app for Parkinsons patients

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

24Mar12 - University of Calgary - Do you need to find the best restaurant in town? There’s an app for that. What about the latest snow report? There’s an app for that! What about if you have Parkinson’s disease and you’re working on improving your walking abilities? Guess what? Yes, there’s an app for that too.

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Parkinson's, Doubled By REM Sleep Disorder

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

15Mar12 - Medical News Today - People with symptoms suggesting rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, or RBD, have twice the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Parkinson's disease within four years of diagnosis with the sleep problem, compared with people without the disorder, a Mayo Clinic study has found.

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