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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.

Tips for People with Parkinson’s Who Want to Take Over the Counter Medications During Flu Season

Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

People with PD often tell us that when they get sick with cold and flu-like symptoms, their pharmacist and healthcare professionals warn them to stay away from the medication aisle of the pharmacy. They are told that any over-the-counter medication has the potential to worsen Parkinson’s symptoms. Unfortunately, many people interpret this potential worsening as a recommendation to never use these medications.

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.

Tips for Daily Living: Cognition: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

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.

Tips for Daily Living: Psychosis: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

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.

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