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Paul Pasmore Passes Away

Posted on December 26, 2011 at 11:30 PM

26Dec11 - Paul Pasmore passed away on Friday December 23, 2011 in his 74th year.

Mr Pasmore was the President of the Niagara Chapter of the Parkinson Society of Canada for many years.  He was actively involved in supporting many charitable efforts in Niagara including the Parkinson Society of Canada.

Friends are invited to meet the Pasmore family on Wednesday, December 28 from 6pm-8pm at George Darte Funeral Home, 595...

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Dry cleaning chemical linked to Parkinson???s

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 12:30 AM

16Nov11 - HealthZone.ca -

Common chemical solvents significantly increase the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, an international study on twins has found for the first time.

“This is the first report of this specific exposure being related to Parkinson’s Disease in a population-based study,” Dr. Connie Marras, a neurologist at the University H...

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Failing smell can be reversed with training

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 3:05 PM

21Nov11 - St.Petersburg News - Researchers seem to have cracked the mystery of failing smell and how it is linked with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and even normal ageing.

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A New (Old) Treatment Option for Depression in Parkinson's Disease

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

03Oct11 - Kevin J. Black, M.D., The American Journal of Psychiatry - Parkinson's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, affecting 1%–4% of people by age 80. Although it is defined by motor signs, the symptoms that most impair the lives of patients—and their caregivers—are psychological symptoms, including depressed mood (2). In clinical settings, about 25% of patients with Parkinson's disease have a major depressive syn...

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Not Just an Affliction of the Elderly

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 11:25 PM

29Sep09 - CBC - There's nothing like the involvement of a celebrity to raise the profile of a disease. In 1984, one of the most recognizable people on the planet was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Muhammad Ali was 42 at the time.  A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information estimates that neurological conditions — like stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's — cost Canada nearly $9 billion a year. That's almost seven per cent of the total attribu...

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Caregiver Series Workshops

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

VON Niagara presents "The Caregiver Series".

The workshops are targeted to any person that is preparing for or currently providing care to someone with a long-term health condition.  The VON facilitator will guide discussion around the immediate needs of the participants in terms of various topics such as:  managing stressful situations, staying on top of your care situation and dealing with common emotions during care giving.  The ses...

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Early Onset Parkinsons

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Apr11 - Niagara Falls Review - As someone who spends hours at her computer working on graphics, Bev Lavender was concerned back in 2004 when she noticed a tremor in her hands. She dismissed it as carpal tunnel syndrome, but when it didn't abate her doctor referred her to a neurologist.

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New Target for Treating Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 1:25 AM

11Sep11 - Science Daily - A scientist at the Gladstone Institutes has identified how the lack of a brain chemical known as dopamine can rewire the interaction between two groups of brain cells and lead to symptoms of Parkinson's disease. This discovery offers new hope for treating those suffering from this devastating neurodegenerative disease.

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Eating berries lowers risk of Parkinson's disease

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 12:10 AM

15Mar11 - Natural News - A diet high in the antioxidants found in berries may significantly reduce both men and women's risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and due to be presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The study was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Study Suggests Seeing A Neurologist Helps People With Parkinson's Live Longer

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 10:10 AM

11Aug11 - Medical News Today - People with Parkinson's disease who go to a neurologist for their care are more likely to live longer, less likely to be placed in a nursing home and less likely to break a hip than people who go to a primary care physician, according to a study published in the August 10, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the

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Deep Brain Stimulation Can Transform Lives Of Those With Parkinson's, Essential Tremor

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

21Jul11 - Medical News Today - Tom Keilen couldn't grab a glass of water without spilling it all over himself. Plagued with uncontrollable tremors at just 57 years old, the Michigan resident was fighting a battle against an aggressive case of Parkinson's disease.

He couldn't work at his job as a plastering contractor. His arms would flail uncontrollably, and the medications usually prescri...

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Parkinson's Patients Get No Benefit From Antidepressants Sertraline Or Mirtazapine, But Have More Side Effects

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:35 AM

19Jul11 - Medical News Today - Two antidepressants prescribed often for individuals with Parkinson's disease - sertraline or mirtazapine - were found to have no benefits for such patients. In fact, they also experienced unpleasant side effects., according to the results of the HTA-SADD trial published in The Lancet. The article was written by Professor Sube Banerjee and team, Institute of Psychiat...

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New Podcast About Needle-In-A-Haystack Search For New Drugs For Brain Diseases

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM

13Jul11 - Medical News Today - The scientific equivalent of searching for a needle in a haystack has paid off for researchers seeking leads for potential new medicines for Parkinson's Disease and other brain disorders. Chronicled in a new episode in the American Chemical Society's award-winning "Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions" podcast series, now online, it involved sifting through almost 390,000 chemical comp...

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50 Percent Of Patients Suffering From Parkinson's Disease And Psychosis Are Treated With Antipsychotic Agents

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM

12Jun11, Medical News Today - According to a report in the July issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, 50% of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD) and Psychosis are treated with anti-psychotic (AP) agents. These drugs can aggravate Parkinson symptoms. Despite a warning being issued against the use of these drugs by the FDA their frequency of usage in patients with dementia...

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Paul Pasmore taken ill

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Paul Pasmore, co-ordinator for the Niagara Chapter of the Parkinsons Society of Canada, took ill the week of June 6th.  As of this report, he is under full-time medical care with the Niagara Healthcare Systems.  Get Well messages may be sent to:

Paul Pasmore, 25 Barton Street, St.Catharines, ON, L2S 2W2

Parkinson's treatment tied to impulsiveness

Posted on June 9, 2011 at 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON 25Oct07 - Your brain is supposed to fire a "hold your horses" signal when faced with a tough choice. But a brain implant that stops the tremors of Parkinson's disease may block that signal — a new explanation for why some Parkinson's patients become hugely impulsive.


Scientists have long known that anti-Parkinson medications occasionally spark compulsions like pathological gambling.


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Thai spice may help protect the brain against Parkinson's damage.

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 7:15 AM

If you want a future that is free of Parkinson's disease, the smart choice for dinner tonight may be curried vegetables.Why? Because curry spice -- a staple of Thai and Indian dishes -- is rich in turmeric. And in a recent lab study, turmeric appeared to help protect the brain against Parkinson's damage.


Parkinson's disease affects about 1 million people in the United States, and researchers are actively seeking a cure. The disease works ...

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Affordable Medical Equipment now in Niagara

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 10:18 AM

For the Needy not the Greedy is a Niagara Falls based non-profit agency that supplies medical equipment such as canes, hospital beds, wheelchairs and other equipment to those in need.    FTNNTG partners with the Regional Municipality of Niagara, CCAC and others.  For further information, call:  289-296-8079

See their website under the "Niagara Resourc...

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Simple blood test can diagnose early Parkinson's disease

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 11:24 PM

April 28, 2011 - Sweden -   Medical researchers in Sweden have discovered that in Parkinson's disease, the human body generates antibodies to combat the amyloid-producing protein alpha synuclein early in the course of the disease. A simple blood test that measures these antibodies can facilitate early diagnosis of the disorder, writes Ludmilla Morozova-Roche and her associates at Umeå University in Sweden in the latest issue of the journal PLoS One.

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Caregiver Series Workshops

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM

VON Niagara presents The Caregiver Series: "From Stress to Strength".

The workshops are targeted to any person that is preparing for or currently providing care to someone with a long-term health condition.  The VON facilitator will guide discussion around the immediate needs of the participants in terms of various topics such as:  managing stressful situations, staying on top of your care situation and dealing with common emotions during c...

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