Understanding Weakness in Parkinson’s disease

Muscle weakness and Parkinson’s disease It is common for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to describe themselves as feeling weak. They may say that their legs are “heavy”, feel like they’re “made out of lead”, or feel like they’re “in concrete.” And they may also feel weak all over or describe weakness in their hands […]

Best Diet Tips to Help Your Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Webinar Recap: A Healthy Diet’s Influence on Parkinson’s Disease While there are aspects of our health that are beyond our control (i.e., genetics), what we eat is one of the key elements of our health that is under our control. Recently, Jessica Schroeder, a registered dietitian nutritionist, was our featured guest on a special episode […]

Finger twitching as a possible first symptom of Parkinson’s

You will often hear that a person diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) first noticed something was “off” when a finger (or fingers) started twitching. This twitching of the finger is also known as a tremor, which is a characteristic motor symptom of Parkinsons. Tremor is a rhythmic movement of a part of the body. A […]

2023 Update: New Parkinson’s Disease Treatments in the Clinical Trial Pipeline

New Parkinson’s Medication on the Horizon The development of potential new medications for Parkinson’s disease (PD) medications remains very active, with multiple new medications in various stages of research development that are aiming to treat and slow down PD. In past blogs, we have reviewed the various mechanisms of action that are being studied to […]

APDA Proudly Supports New 2023 – 2024 Parkinson’s Research

Exciting New Parkinson’s Research is Underway On September 7, 2023, APDA announced 20 new Parkinson’s disease (PD) research grants, for a total of $1.975 million in funding for the year ahead. Our grant recipients are working tirelessly to understand the complexities of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to develop new treatments and eventually, a cure. We […]

Determining Symptoms: Is it Parkinson’s Disease or Aging?

Is it a Parkinson’s symptom or a symptom of aging? As people age, they encounter new symptoms which may interfere with quality of life. The same is true for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The tricky thing is that there are many similar symptoms between the two causes! Often people with PD are left wondering: […]

Where are they now? Past APDA Research Grant Awardees

Advancing Scientific Breakthroughs and Empowering Parkinson’s Disease Research Since 1961, APDA has been a funding partner in many major scientific breakthroughs and has awarded more than $60 million in research grants to date. APDA awards individual research grants and fellowships to scientists performing innovative Parkinson’s disease (PD) research. Grantees are selected through a competitive application […]

Parkinson’s Disease Virtual Technological Innovations

The Expanding Role of Technology Within Healthcare for Parkinson’s Disease Computers, smartphones, video — technology has become much more accessible and user-friendly and plays a big role in our everyday lives, from the ways we keep in touch to the ways we watch tv to the cars we drive (just to name a few). But […]

Trichloroethylene and Parkinson’s Disease Risk

TCE and Parkinson’s disease risk Like most chronic diseases, the chance of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD) is due to an accumulation of both genetic and environmental risk factors. Researchers are working to identify as many of these risk factors as possible as well as to understand what causes a person to develop Parkinson’s. For many […]

Questions on Sex, Intimacy & Parkinson’s Disease

Exploring Parkinson’s Disease’s Impact on Sex and Intimacy On a recent episode of APDA’s Dr. Gilbert Hosts, I spoke with Dr. Regina Koepp, a clinical psychologist with expertise on sex, intimacy, and Parkinson’s disease (PD). We covered a lot of ground during the broadcast and answered questions from the audience. It was a very informative […]