Parkinson's Today Blog
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.
Now that flu season has arrived, the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline phones have been ringing off the hook. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and family members want to know what is the safest way to address cough and cold symptoms. In this month’s What’s Hot in PD? column we discuss the topic and provide some practical tips for taking over the counter medications.
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.
People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are in critical need of new, more effective therapies to treat the symptoms of the disease like dyskinesia and to stop its progression.
Tom manages his Parkinson's disease (PD) symptoms by staying active, eating right and working with his health care team. He recently admitted to his doctor that when his wife isn't home he sometimes forgets to take his medication. His doctor recommended setting an alarm and using a pill organizer.
Eleanor was sitting at her friend Margaret’s house when she noticed a dog sniffing around the couch. She asked Margaret when she got the dog. Margaret said she didn’t have a dog. Eleanor realized she must be experiencing what her doctor warned her about when he increased her Parkinson’s disease (PD) medication dosage: hallucinations. She called her doctor that afternoon.
Before Miguel was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) he often experienced anxiety. He retired early, but his anxiety would keep coming back, aggravating his tremor and making his thoughts race. His doctor started him on an antidepressant and referred him to a psychiatrist who taught Miguel coping skills, allowing him to better manage his anxiety. Miguel now lives a more normal life.
Mucuna pruriens variant utilis (MP) has long been used as an alternative to over the counter levodopa. MP is a leguminous plant that grows in both tropical and subtropical environments. Hidden in its seed is levodopa, which is the most important medication for a Parkinson’s disease patient. In this month’s What’s Hot we will review the studies supporting MP use and discuss future directions and global implications for this therapy.
If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), or know someone who does, you likely know that PD affects dopamine levels in the brain. But did you know that PD also alters serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine levels? All are chemicals in the brain that affect mood, thinking and behavior.
“The experience of living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is unique to each individual. We really strive to listen to our patients, caregivers, families, providers and the community in creating an all-encompassing supportive services program that helps people to adapt and live well with Parkinson’s across the continuum and at all stages of the disease,” said Amy Lemen, MA, LCSW. “One size does not fit all in Parkinson’s care.