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 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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Telemedicine & Parkinson’s Disease

TELEMEDICINE & PARKINSON’S DISEASE Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers across the country started offering telemedicine as a method of receiving care in order to ensure the safety of the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community and medical staff. Telemedicine has many advantages for the PD community beyond just alleviating the pandemic-related safety concerns, and […]

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The many variations of carbidopa/levodopa – the mainstay of Parkinson’s disease treatment

How carbidopa/levodopa is used to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms Loss of neurons in the brain that use dopamine to communicate is one of the hallmark features of Parkinson’s disease (PD), causing slowness, stiffness, tremor and balance problems. Replacing the brain’s dopamine is therefore one of the key treatment strategies to help improve the motor symptoms […]

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Vocal Therapy & More — Let’s Talk About LSVT

Improving Speech & Movement Through Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Programs for Parkinson’s Disease People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) often find that they have difficulty with their speech and their ability to be properly understood in conversation. Their voice may not be as loud, or their articulation as clear as it once was. They may speak […]

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Use of Cannabidiol (CBD) for PD symptoms

Understanding CBD People with PD are eager to find alternative methods to help their symptoms, leading many of these patients to look into whether other therapies, such as medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, can be useful. Previously, I wrote a blog on medical marijuana and PD which you may find interesting. More recently, I […]

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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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Therapies for non-motor symptoms of PD in clinical trials

The pipeline for Parkinson’s disease (PD) medications is extremely crowded these days, with multiple medications at various stages of research and development. Currently most of the approved medications for PD address the motor symptoms of PD – tremor, slowness, stiffness, and walking difficulties. Medications are also available to help people overcome OFF time or improve […]

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The Future of Parkinson’s Disease Treatments

The Parkinson’s Disease Medication Pipeline The pipeline for Parkinson’s disease (PD) medications is extremely crowded these days, with multiple medications at various stages of research development. This is very exciting news for the PD community and is a perfect example of the “hope in progress” part of our organization’s motto. It is thrilling to see […]

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How can focused ultrasound help PD symptoms?

Focused Ultrasound for Parkinson’s disease Although elective procedures are currently being postponed in hospitals across the country because of the necessary focus on COVID-19, eventually our hospitals will return to normal and non-emergent procedures will be performed again. This will include elective procedures for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Two brain procedures that are […]

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The use of acupuncture and massage for Parkinson’s disease

Exploring therapeutic treatments for Parkinson’s disease A growing number of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are interested in trying to improve both their motor and non-motor symptoms with therapies that are not medications. Beyond physical, occupational and speech therapy, all of which can play a crucial role in maximizing function in PD, there are a […]

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