Let’s Talk About Palliative Care and Parkinson’s disease

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their care partners are always searching for ways to make their lives easier, healthier and fuller. Using the principles of palliative care to enhance PD-specific care is one way to do that. Palliative care is a medical approach for those with complex illnesses, in which the focus is on […]

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Parkinson’s Partners: Introducing Medical Students to Parkinson’s disease

As all of you know very well, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex disorder that affects so many parts of a person’s life. In order for physicians to fully understand the impact the disease has on people with PD, it is not enough to learn the science and medicine of the condition. But how is […]

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Is a vaccine for Parkinson’s disease possible?

As the world awaits an effective vaccine for SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), vaccines and vaccination are at the front and center of the news and in our minds. A vaccine is a substance that is introduced into the body in order to stimulate the immune system to provide protection against a particular disease. […]

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Lewy Bodies, Dementia, and Parkinson’s – What Does it all Mean?

Here are two common scenarios that may sound familiar:

Scenario 1
A patient develops a series of neurologic symptoms, is evaluated by a neurologist and is told that she has Parkinson’s disease (PD). She then visits another neurologist for a second opinion and is told she has Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

Scenario 2
A patient has his first visit with his neurologist and is told that he has PD, at a subsequent visit the diagnosis is changed to Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD), and at a follow up visit the diagnosis is changed yet again to Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB).

Both of these situations understandably cause great uncertainty and frustration.

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