Cognitive Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease

Cognitive Changes are Common in Parkinson’s Cognitive difficulties are a common non-motor symptom in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and can...see more affect many facets of everyday life. Executive function, or the ability to plan and organize multi-step activities can specifically be affected in PD. Visuo-spatial skills, which allow a person to navigate in three dimensions, estimating distances […]

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The Future of Parkinson’s Disease Treatments – What’s New?

New Parkinson’s Disease Treatments in the Pipeline The pipeline for new Parkinson’s disease (PD) medications is very crowded, with...see more multiple new medications in various stages of research development that are targeting neuroprotection, as well as motor and non-motor symptoms. In several past blogs we have reviewed many strategies currently being tested for PD, which you […]

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Meet Dr. Abby Olsen, an APDA-Funded Researcher Studying Parkinson’s Genes in Glial “Helper” Cells

Q&A with Dr. Abby Olsen on Glial Cells in Parkinson’s Disease Treatment A conversation about genes in glial helper...see more cells (and fruit flies!) Our A Closer Look blog is designed to educate, inform, and inspire you through a variety of topics and insights about Parkinson’s disease (PD). One way we do that is through our Interview with APDA […]

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Carbidopa/Levodopa for Parkinson’s Disease

Carbidopa/Levodopa: Side effects, Formulations and Dosages For Treating Parkinson’s Disease Skip to a section below: General questions Formulations Side...see more effects Dosages Understand the basics of Carbidopa/Levodopa and how it affects the brain Loss of neurons in the brain that use dopamine to communicate is one of the hallmark features of Parkinson’s disease (PD), causing slowness, […]

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Wearable devices that suppress Parkinson’s disease tremor

Non-Invasive Devices to Suppress Tremors For some people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), medication doses treat their tremor very well....see more However, for others, medication doses are clearly effective for symptoms of slowness and stiffness, but they are ineffective for their tremor. In these cases, deep brain stimulation (DBS) or focused ultrasound may be suggested to help […]

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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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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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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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The Effects of the MIND and Mediterranean Diets on Parkinson’s Disease

New research into the best diets for Parkinson’s disease reveals the Mediterranean and MIND diets may be associated with...see more later-age of onset of PD There are not many aspects of life that a person feels are under his or her control – especially if that person happens to have Parkinson’s disease (PD).  But diet – […]

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