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Drug developments in Parkinson’s disease

Have you heard the latest drug developments in Parkinson’s disease? I thought I’d take a minute to break it all down for you…   RYTARY™ Impax Laboratories Inc.‘s drug called “RYTARY™” was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration early January (and available in 4 weeks). RYTARY™ is an extended release carbidopa-levodopa available in 4 strengths. Patients taking RYTARY™ in… Read more »

Sleep in Parkinson’s disease

Last week, I posted about a recent scientific understanding of WHY we need sleep (see post HERE). There are all kinds of benefits to getting enough sleep:  It’s good for your heart, it may reduce stress, and even prevent cancer. – More importantly, sleep is good for your brain – especially working memory… the kind essential to daily function. –… Read more »

promising biomarker for parkinson’s disease: PPMI results

Parkinson’s disease is typically characterized in a clinical setting by the present of tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia (slow movement), and in the later stages, postural instability (balance). Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania report ( JAMA Neurology) that the appearance of proteins in the spinal fluid may be the key to identifying affected patients early in the disease process, long before symptoms set in…. Read more »

thoughts about genetic testing

“I’ve got the gene for …” Have you thought about genetic testing? Thought about finding out what might be in store for you? Would finding out something change the decisions you make? Change how you live your life? Would knowing empower you or cripple you by casting a shadow over the rest of your life? A “family decision”? … because… Read more »

A Parkinson’s App?

We lack biomarkers — objective biological metrics including imaging, biologic sampling, behavioural assessments — to measure the progression of Parkinson’s disease. But our smart phones may just be the answer to that! Organizations are focused on developing biomarkers for Parkinson’s, programs like the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI). Max Little has drawn everyone attention… Read more »

My favourite things: More Parkinson Blogs

This week I am sharing with you MY favourite Parkinson-related blogs… earlier this week I introduced some lovely lady bloggers and here are some more of my favourites! Positively Parkinson’s by Bob Kuhn – http://positivelyparkinsons.blogspot.ca. Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 53 (2006). He is a lawyer who practices as general counsel to a wide variety of clients, in Vancouver… Read more »

Research to real-life: The voice of Parkinson’s

Today I wanted to introduce an idea… that YOUR VOICE can help detect Parkinson’s. There are a few projects underway… – – 1. The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative was started by Max Little. He and his team developed a cheap and simple tool that uses precise voice analysis software to detect Parkinson’s with 99 percent accuracy. That means a simple phone… Read more »

my favourite things – parkinson’s novels

– 1. The imaginative, hilarious, and moving memoir of a 43-year old woman coping with both Parkinson’s disease and breast cancer. With irreverent and at times mordant humour, Most of Me chronicles Levy’s early, mysterious symptoms of Parkinson’s (a dragging left foot, a frozen left hand, and a crash into “downward dead dog” position on the yoga mat), and her life dealing with… Read more »

from research to real life – caffeine may help Parkinson’s symptoms

How many of us make it a daily ritual of grinding and brewing a cup at home, or swinging by our local coffee spot? Well, now research is showing that not only are coffee-drinkers less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, but that caffeine may improve motor symptoms in persons living with Parkinson’s … – The main idea: after giving people… Read more »