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What's Hot in PD?: Should we warn patients about impulse control disorders before starting Parkinson’s disease therapy?

Date: 
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

The last two decades have observed a strong push to initiate dopamine agonist A class of medications used to treat Parkinson's disease. Agonists enhance the activity of a neurotransmitter – in this case, dopamine. Ropinirole (Requip), pramipexole (Mirapex), rotigotine (Neupro) and apomorphine (Apokyn) are common dopamine agonists. therapy for many Parkinson’s disease patients.

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What's Hot in PD?

Research Roundup: A Word of Caution on the Recent Findings about Physical and Occupational Therapy Effectiveness

Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Author: 
Miriam Rafferty, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Several troubling headlines appeared recently after a large randomized controlled study, published in the American Medical Association’s neurology journal (JAMA Neurology), concluded that physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) did not improve activities of daily living in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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What's Hot in PD? Will Drinking Tea Help My Parkinson’s Disease?

Date: 
Monday, January 4, 2016
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Tea is an ancient, centuries-old beverage that is consumed by virtually all of the world’s population. Tea is composed of polyphenols, methylxanthine, caffeine, fats, amino acids and other substances. Tea has been thought to reduce cancer risk, prevent heart disease and even aid in weight loss. The flavonoids, caffeine and theanine have been tested in animal models of Parkinson’s disease and have shown protection against cell loss in similar areas of the brain that are affected in the human Parkinson’s patient.

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Research Roundup: Sex and Parkinson's Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Author: 
Dr. Nabila Dahodwala

This is the first part of a series of videos discussing sex differences in Parkinson's disease. The video was created from a presentation given by Dr. Nabila Dahodwala from the University of Pennsylvania. The Parkinson's Foundation recently announced that it awarded Dr. Dahodwala a two-year grant to study issues that result in differences in caregiving and to explore whether there may be options to improve caregiving. Dr.

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Caregiver Corner: When Communicating With Your Loved One Is Threatened by Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Author: 
Scott Silknitter

Communication is a vital way we connect, build and maintain relationships. It is scary when your loved one begins to have communication issues due to Parkinson’s disease (PD) that may threaten your bond. The good thing is it doesn’t have to be that way.

Reviewing some cognitive and communication changes that someone with PD may experience as the disease progresses, your loved one might:

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Caregiver Corner

What's Hot in PD? Should We Be Working Harder to Prevent Parkinson’s Disease Hospitalizations?

Date: 
Monday, December 7, 2015
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Recently the Parkinson's Foundation sought to identify risk factors for hospitalization (emergency room visits or admissions) among Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients followed in our Parkinson’s Outcomes Project. The initiative was modeled after a similar effort put together by Gerry O’Connor at the Dartmouth Health Outcomes Center. O’Connor had a crazy but practical idea.

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Caregiver Corner: The Selfish Caregiver

Date: 
Monday, November 30, 2015
Author: 
Lori Ann Greidanus

The truth is I don’t see myself as a caregiver to my husband, Todd. A not-so-perfect wife? A decent cook? A drinking and binge television watching partner? Yes. A caregiver? Hmm. Caregiver seems like a title reserved for couples who have been married for decades, or at least longer than 14 months.

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