New Treatment for Slowness & Stiffness in Parkinson’s Disease

In 2018, Focused Ultrasound was approved to treat tremors in people with PD.  Now, the FDA has approved expanding...see more the indications of Focused Ultrasound (FUS) for Parkinson’s disease (PD) to also include treatment of bradykinesia (slowness) rigidity (stiffness), and dyskinesias.  Individual ultrasound waves do not contain enough energy to do any damage as they pass […]

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Levodopa dosing and food intake for people with Parkinson’s disease

The challenges of levodopa dosing and food intake I receive many Ask the Doctor questions about food intake and...see more levodopa ingestion, and I know it’s a tough balance for many. Instructions on how best to take levodopa can seem contradictory. On one hand, people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are told to separate levodopa from food […]

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New Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

Exploring seven recently approved Parkinson’s treatments Remarkably, in the last five years, seven new medications have been approved for...see more the treatment of the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), with two approved in 2020. That’s exciting progress! And while it is great to have so many choices, the various options can be confusing — so […]

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Highlights from the Movement Disorder Society Virtual Congress 2021

  Every year the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) holds a conference and every year APDA is...see more there, learning about the newest research and sharing our resources with the wider Parkinson’s disease (PD) community. The MDS Congress is the preeminent gathering of medical professionals from around the world who are dedicated to PD […]

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The Future of Parkinson’s Disease Treatments – UPDATE

The Parkinson’s disease (PD) research community is extremely eager to find a medication that is disease modifying or neuroprotective (meaning it...see more protects the nerve cells from damage or degeneration). There have been many attempts over the past number of years to demonstrate through clinical trials that particular compounds have neuroprotective effects but to date, these attempts have […]

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New and innovative Parkinson’s disease research being funded by APDA

NEW, INNOVATIVE PARKINSON’S DISEASE RESEARCH BEING FUNDED BY APDA On September 1, 2021, APDA announced our research grantees for...see more the year ahead. Our grant recipients are working tirelessly to understand the complexities of Parkinson’s disease in an effort to develop new treatments and eventually, a cure, and we are honored to support their work. This […]

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Lower back pain and Parkinson’s disease

Lower back pain is an extremely common problem in the general population, as...see more well as for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It tends to make moving more difficult, adding to the challenges of PD. Tim Nordahl, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at Boston University gave an excellent presentation as […]

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Nia Technique, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais Method: Mindful movement-based practices for Parkinson’s disease

Mindful movement-based practices are popular complementary therapies in Parkinson’s disease (PD), defined as healing practices involving movement of the...see more body while focusing on the mind. They are performed in addition to standard therapies with the goal of improving quality of life. Many of you probably have heard of yoga and tai chi, but there are […]

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What types of exercise are best for people with Parkinson’s disease?

In last week’s blog, we addressed the reasons why it is vital for people with Parkinson’s disease to exercise,...see more including (but not limited to) improving particular motor and non-motor symptoms such as impaired balance, gait disorders, depression, and cognition. Today, we will tackle another important question – what types of exercise are most beneficial to […]

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Why exercise is critical for people with Parkinson’s disease

The Benefits of Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease Your family and friends are constantly encouraging you to exercise. Your doctors...see more tell you that exercise is a vital component of Parkinson’s disease (PD) treatment. APDA programming includes exercise programs as a way for people with PD to gain control over their disease. But is exercise worth all […]

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