Entries by AMPadmin

Learning to Live Simply With Parkinson’s Disease

A sign hangs above my desk with only one word on it: “Simplify.” The sign isn’t fancy by any means. But it does make me stop to ponder what that small word means to me. And it must have made an impression for me to fork out $3 to buy it.  It may seem elementary, […]

Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?

A few weeks ago, I impulsively purchased a book of “Joy Notes” at a restaurant gift shop. The purpose of the book is to tear out the notes and share them with someone who needs them. Here is one I am sharing with all of you: “God turns stumbling blocks into stepping stones. The only […]

Winners for BEAT-PD DREAM Contest to Better Track Parkinson’s Named

The four winners of the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) and Sage Bionetworks Parkinson’s disease (PD) challenge to create new ways of using everyday technology to benchmark and predict disease progression remotely — including at home — have been announced. Called the Biomarker and Endpoint Assessment to Track Parkinson’s Disease (BEAT-PD) Dream Challenge, the contest sought […]

FDA Approves Medtronic’s Percept PC Deep Brain Stimulation System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Percept PC Neurostimulator by Medtronic, designed to allow for a more individualized use of deep brain stimulation therapy in people with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. While this device is the fourth deep brain stimulation (DBS) system to be approved in the U.S., it is the first system able […]

Finding a Community Through Forum Participation

The Parkinson’s News Today Forums are designed to create a safe environment for those impacted by the disease. Whether we are discussing our lifestyles or looking for ways to connect, technology offers new platforms to help us explore our uncertainty. Caregivers, physicians, and patients alike have the opportunity to see Parkinson’s disease from other people’s […]

Cell Protein Recycling Linked to Toxic Buildup in Brain in Early Study

Lower than usual activity in a complex that recycles proteins in cells — called the proteosome — leads to an age-related buildup of protein aggregates in the brains of fish, similar to that seen in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, a study reported. Low proteasome activity early in life also shortened a fish’s lifespan. The study, […]

Melatonin Levels in Parkinson’s Patients May Be Linked to Non-motor Symptoms

Alterations in the levels of melatonin — the hormone that controls sleep-wake cycles — circulating in the blood are associated with certain non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, namely sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal issues, and heart problems. The study with that finding, “Elevated Plasma Melatonin Levels Are Correlated With the Non-motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease: A Cross-Sectional Study,” […]

Seelos Begins Animal Study Investigating SLS-007 as Parkinson’s Treatment

Seelos Therapeutics has begun a preclinical study in rodents to test a gene therapy approach to deliver its investigational candidate SLS-007, a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Results are expected by late this year or early 2021. One hallmark of Parkinson’s disease progression is the formation of Lewy bodies, abnormal protein clusters that form in […]

3 Nurse Educators Win Parkinson’s Foundation Grants for Local Projects

The Parkinson’s Foundation announced the three winners of this year’s Nurse Faculty Award, giving about $10,000 to each of these nurses to support projects that might better the lives of Parkinson’s patients in their communities. Each winner is a graduate of the organization’s 50-hour accredited Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program, which works to improve Parkinson’s disease (PD) care […]

No Matter Your Age, We’re in This Together

I recently read that Parkinson’s disease affects an estimated 1 in 100 people over age 60. When I started my Parkinson’s journey, I was in high school. I didn’t know that what was happening to me was something known as Parkinson’s disease. I didn’t even know what Parkinson’s disease was or what it was capable […]