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We Answer the Most Frequently Asked Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline Questions

Date: 
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

To offer more support to the nearly one million people in the U.S. living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the Parkinson's Foundation has expanded its Helpline hours. You can call with the Helpline with your PD questions at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636), in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

The Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline provides guidance on:

Resting Tremor and DBS. Sooner Better Than Later?

Date: 
Monday, August 13, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Usually, the first Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptom that causes people to seek medical attention is resting tremor. Three out of four people in the early Parkinson’s stages experience it. Done without conscious control or choice, a resting tremor is an involuntary, rhythmic muscle contraction that causes shaking/tremor.

Tips for Daily Living – Extreme Weather Emergency Preparedness

Date: 
Monday, September 10, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Preparing for extreme weather is a burden for anyone in the path of a storm or fire. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers should take these tips into consideration to ensure that all PD-related needs are accounted for when preparing for a hurricane or any other natural disaster:

Researchers Want to Know: How Does Parkinson’s Impact Your Finances

Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

As members of the Parkinson’s community know well, the disease often comes with increasing costs for patients, their families and care partners. While some of these expenses are tangible, such as insurance co-pays, others are more difficult to quantify, such as taking time off work.

What’s Hot in PD? Tips for Patients and Families on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dizziness, Vertigo and Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Though dizziness and vertigo have been commonly reported in the setting of Parkinson’s disease (PD), the diagnosis may be missed and treatment may not be optimal. The terms dizziness and vertigo can be defined in many ways. Most experts agree that the terms refer to a sensation of spinning or whirling and that the sensation has been frequently associated with balance problems.

Parkinson’s Disease and Insulin Resistance

Date: 
Monday, August 13, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Insulin resistance (IR) is a precursor to type-2 diabetes (T2D) – a disease that occurs when your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. First suggested in the 1960s, a growing number of studies are finding links between Parkinson’s disease (PD) and T2D. And contrary to popular belief, you needn’t be overweight to have IR. In fact, having IR usually has no symptoms – which is why it often goes undetected.

Feel the Rhythm: Music Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Every year, the top Parkinson’s experts from around the world who treat people with Parkinson’s at a Parkinson’s Foundation-designated Center of Excellence (a department or clinic within a hospital that specializes in PD) convene to discuss the latest Parkinson’s research and treatments. This article summarizes the 2018 Center Leadership Conference presentation on music therapy led by Concetta M.

100 Million Push-Ups for Parkinson’s Awareness, Strength and Hope

Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

As a child growing up in the Bronx, Evan saw his grandfather Jack’s hand shake. “We knew he had Parkinson’s disease (PD), but we never really spoke about it,” Evan said. Many years later, Evan’s father — Jack’s son — Keith, would inspire Evan’s Parkinson’s Champions campaign: Push Ups 4 Parkinson’s

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