Understanding Stem Cell Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

On April 29, 2018, the Washington Post published an article

examining commercial stem cell clinics in the United States that market non-FDA approved treatments directly to the public for a variety of health issues, including arthritis, macular degeneration and of particular note to us, Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Pictured: Dopamine neurons derived from iPSCs from the lab of Xiaobo Mao, Phd

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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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Introducing A Closer Look

In today’s hyper-connected world, you can find an almost infinite amount of information about Parkinson’s disease (PD) in every corner of the internet and on every social media outlet. It can be hard to know what to read, what to believe, and most importantly, what changes you should (or shouldn’t) implement in your life in response to the information that is out there.

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The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting – Parkinson’s Disease Updates

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting is taking place this week in Los Angeles, California. This is a meeting of neurologists and neuroscientists across all subspecialties of Neurology, including Movement disorders/Parkinson’s disease. At the meeting, research findings are presented, often for the first time. APDA is there and will be reporting exciting news […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Parkinson’s

APDA’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Rebecca Gilbert weighs in on Traumatic Brian Injury, a small, but important contributor to the overall risk of Parkinson’s On April 18, 2018, a study was published in the journal Neurology and widely disseminated in the popular press, which demonstrated an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD) after even a mild […]

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