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Government Spending Bill Eliminates Medicare Therapy Cap, Increases Access to Care

Date: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Since 2011, the Parkinson’s Foundation has worked with the Parkinson’s community to address Medicare challenges related to services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy. In 2014, we advocated to remove the Improvement Standard, meaning that people with Parkinson’s could no longer be denied coverage for therapy solely for lack of improvement. Now, the Parkinson’s community can celebrate the next milestone in access to care for Medicare recipients.

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Raise Awareness

What's Hot in PD? Should We Be More Aggressive in Preventing Weight Loss in Parkinson’s disease?

Date: 
Monday, December 4, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Slow and steady weight loss is a known feature of Parkinson’s disease. Weight loss may initially be a positive and popular disease related feature. However, as patients dip below their ideal body weight, this may possibly impact quality of life and other outcomes (Akbar, 2015). In this month’s What’s Hot in PD?, we will discuss a recent article on weight loss in Parkinson’s disease.

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What's Hot in PD?

What’s Hot: Coffee Might Not Help with Parkinson’s Disease Motor Symptoms

Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Ronald Postuma, MD, and colleagues previously published an intriguing study showing that moderate amounts of coffee (caffeine) may improve the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). In this month’s issue of Neurology, Postuma and colleagues revise their previous comments on coffee drinking. Their revision is based on a larger and better designed clinical study.

Category: 
What's Hot in PD?

What’s Hot Medication Edition: Exenatide and Gocovri

Date: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are in critical need of new, more effective therapies to treat the symptoms of the disease like dyskinesiaAbnormal, involuntary body movements that can appear as jerking, fidgeting, twisting and turning movements; frequently caused by dopaminergic medic

Category: 
What's Hot in PD?

The Exercise Files: An Interview with the Founders of Israel's "Dance Through Life" Program

Date: 
Friday, July 21, 2017

I recently had the great pleasure of lecturing and teaching adapted tango workshops for people with PD, caregivers and physical therapists in Tel Aviv, Israel! Yulia Gamerman and Rita Elimelsh invited me to come work with their patients and colleagues and I got to see their thriving physical activity for people with PD — which happens to be ballroom dancing! Here I present a short interview with these two dynamos so you can learn a little more about what they are doing overseas.

Category: 
Tips for Daily Living

The Exercise Files: Standard of Care for Treatment of Balance Issues

Date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017

This month, Dr. Hackney consulted Dr. Ramon Gil for his perspective on treating balance issues in PD. Dr. Gil is a Board Certified Neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders.

Dr. Madeleine Hackney:  I'm interested in what you would consider "standard of care/current practices" for the treatment of balance issues in PD. What do you do when someone has balance problems?

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Raise Awareness

The Exercise Files: How to Choose a Physical Therapist for PD

Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2017

I would like to start by thanking PD Gladiators for giving me the opportunity to speak on this issue, and for continuing to combat PD on all fronts.

When people think of physical therapy (PT), they often think of the cliché image of a person being stretched and massaged on a table. However, in the PD population, finding the right therapist is paramount in prolonging functional mobility, optimizing movement, and preventing falls/injury. But how do I choose the right therapist?

Category: 
Tips for Daily Living

Pesticides and Parkinson’s: Time to Strengthen Epidemiology

Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Author: 
James Beck, PhD

In December, two reports in the New York Times called attention to the potential link between paraquat, a strong pesticide, and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The pesticide, which has been previously linked to Parkinson’s, is banned in some countries including those where it is manufactured, but not in the US.

What should people with Parkinson’s know about this news?

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Research Round Up

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