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Watch Out for Those Good Days!

“Oh my gosh! The presentation was amazing. And I’m not just saying that because I’m your partner.” It was my first presentation about my experience with Parkinson’s, and it flowed smoothly. It had been a long time since I was in front of an audience, reaching out and connecting. Time was suspended, and I found […]

Parkinson’s Foundation Opens Fellowship Program for Nurses Seeking Specialty

The Parkinson’s Foundation has established a first Parkinson’s Nurse Fellowship program in the U.S., offering one year of training and support to working nurses who want to specialize in treating people with this progressive disease. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 20 for the fellowship, worth up to $95,000 each, from registered nurses or those with […]

VCP, Enzyme in Protein Degradation, May Be Blood Biomarker of Early Stages of Parkinson’s, Study Suggests

Blood levels of valosin-containing protein (VCP) — an enzyme involved in protein degradation — may be used as a biomarker of preclinical and early clinical stages of Parkinson’s disease (PD), a study suggests. Reduced levels of VCP in the blood were found in both animal models of the disease and untreated patients at preclinical and […]

Data in Online Fox Insight Surveys Similar to Traditional Efforts in Parkinson’s, Study Finds

People with Parkinson’s disease taking part in the Fox Insight study, where they self-report details about their illness, share similar clinical and demographic features with patients brought through more traditional ways into large data studies, researchers found. This finding suggests that groups recruited exclusively online can be useful to Parkinson’s research — although they may have […]

Number of Dopaminergic Neurons at Birth Could Affect Lifetime Parkinson’s Risk, Report Suggests

The number of dopamine-producing (dopaminergic) neurons at birth could influence a person’s lifetime risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a group of experts. Because these nerve cells die over the course of the disease, having fewer of them to begin with could translate to a higher risk, the scientists said. Their report, “Does Developmental […]

A Rock Steady Boxing Party Showed Me a Community that Cares

Christmas hung in the air, smelling faintly of cheese platters and wine. Dad and I had decided to attend a Rock Steady Boxing Christmas party. On the way over, he joked that it would “be a quick Christmas party because everyone’s drugs [would] wear off in a few hours.” His attitude amazed me, as always. […]

Help Us Improve Our Site!

We are always trying to provide a better, more relevant website to meet the needs of our readers. The best way to do that is to hear from people like you. We’ve partnered with Think Company, a research and design firm, to schedule one-one-one phone interviews with patients and caregivers starting the week of January […]

Stimulating Blood Vessel Growth in Brain with FGF1 May Hold Promise as PD Treatment, Company Says

Stimulating the growth of blood vessels in the brain through the use of fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1) may hold promise as a strategy for treating Parkinson’s disease, according to a white paper released by Zhittya Genesis Medicine (ZGM). Clinical trials testing this theory are being planned. The white paper is titled “Parkinson’s Disease: Therapeutic […]

Cannabidiol Found to Reduce Anxiety-induced Tremors in Parkinson’s Patients, Study Shows

A single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) can decrease anxiety and tremor strength in people with Parkinson’s disease during situations known to induce anxiety, such as a public speaking exercise, a study found. The results of the study, “Effects of acute cannabidiol administration on anxiety and tremors induced by a Simulated Public Speaking Test in patients […]