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What's Hot in PD?

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.

What's Hot in PD?: What Are the New Therapies in Trial for Parkinson’s Disease?

Date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

We always advise patients to ask their doctor what’s new in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Recently, three leading experts at the Parkinson’s Foundation Center Leadership Conference reviewed the field and updated all attendees on several of the exciting therapies currently being tested by Albert Hung, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Irene Richard, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center; and Hubert Fernandez, MD, Cleveland Clinic.

Anti-TNF Therapy: Could Inflammatory Bowel Disease Therapies Pave a Path to a Treatment for Parkinson’s?

Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A recent study by Inga and colleagues at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence in New York examined the incidence of Parkinson’s disease in inflammatory bowel disease patients.

New Study Makes the Case for Parkinson’s-Specific Physiotherapy

Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Parkinson’s disease (PD) specialists have long debated the potential value of Parkinson’s-specific physical therapy. All great medical debates are usually settled by two factors: time and data. In this month’s What’s Hot, we review a paper recently published in Lancet Neurology (Ypinga 2018) that provides insight and data for whether people with Parkinson’s should begin or continue specialized physiotherapy.

What's Hot in PD? Update on the Use of Mucuna Pruriens for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Mucuna pruriens variant utilis (MP) has long been used as an alternative to over the counter levodopaThe medication most commonly given to control the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s, usually with carbidopa. It is converted in the brain into dopamine.. MP is a leguminous plant that grows in both tropical and subtropical environments.

What's Hot in PD?: Subcutaneous Apomorphine Infusions

Date: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Should we consider subcutaneous apomorphine infusions for Parkinson’s disease patients who do not want deep brain stimulation or a dopamine A chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) that regulates movement and emotions. pump? There is a growing interest among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and families for a “nonsurgical” alternative to deep brain stimulation (DBS)

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