Archives for January 2017

Kaiser Health News: Medicare’s Coverage Of Therapy Services Again Is In Center Of Court Dispute

Kaiser Health News: Medicare’s Coverage Of Therapy Services Again Is In Center Of Court Dispute

Four years after Medicare officials agreed in a landmark court settlement that seniors cannot be denied coverage for physical therapy and other skilled care simply because their condition is not improving, patients are still being turned away.

Stanford Movement Disorder Specialist to talk about DBS Radio in Palo Alto, February 14

Stanford Movement Disorder Specialist to talk about DBS Radio in Palo Alto, February 14

Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, a movement disorder specialist and director of Stanford's Movement Disorders Center, will be talking about her leading edge work on deep brain stimulation surgery at the Palo Alto Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group meeting on Tuesday, February 14th, 6:30-8pm.  The meeting is held in the Boardroom at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.  This event is free and open to those diagnosed with PD by age 50 or younger, and their family members.  An RSVP 24 hours in advance is required to the group leader, Martha Gardner.

“The Right Way to Fall”

“The Right Way to Fall”

Here's another interesting article from Tuesday's New York Times about the "right way to fall."  Apparently young kids are the best fallers because they have no fear or embarrassment; they don't try to catch themselves.

“Exercise Can Be a Boon to People” with PD

“Exercise Can Be a Boon to People” with PD

Here's an interesting article in today's New York Times about the value of exercise for those with Parkinson's.

PNT: 25% of Parkinson’s Patients Fall in First Year — a Surprising Finding

PNT: 25% of Parkinson’s Patients Fall in First Year — a Surprising Finding

It’s widely recognized that falling poses a significant risk for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), but most scientists thought patients tended to fall in later stages of the disease. Researchers in Norway have found that 25 percent of Parkinson’s patients fell in the first year of their diagnosis.

Dance for Parkinson’s Classes at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, Now Two Days a Week

Dance for Parkinson’s Classes at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, Now Two Days a Week

The Dance for Parkinson's class at Stanford now meets two days a week – Mondays and Fridays, 1:30pm-2:45pm. Dancing in chairs, at a barre, or standing, experienced teaching artists lead participants in an enjoyable blend of modern dance, ballet, and social dancing.  The classes are free but require advance registration due to popularity.

Stanford Movement Disorder Specialist to talk about urination and constipation issues in San Jose, February 3

Stanford Movement Disorder Specialist to talk about urination and constipation issues in San Jose, February 3

Veronica Santini, MD, a movement disorder specialist at Stanford, will be talking about urination and constipation issues in Parkinson's at the San Jose Parkinson’s Support Group meeting on Friday, February 3rd, 10am-noon, in Willow Glen.  The meeting is held at the St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Ave. Usually the meetings begin with some announcements such that the speaker starts at 10:20am.  This event is free and open to the public.  No need to RSVP.

The Stem-Cell Revolution Is Coming — Slowly

The Stem-Cell Revolution Is Coming — Slowly

In 2001, President George W. Bush issued an executive order banning federal funding for new sources of stem cells developed from preimplantation human embryos. The action stalled research and discouraged scientists.

New York Times: US Agrees to Pay Billions to Marines Affected by Toxic Water

After years of waiting, veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion.

New York Times:  “How do you die of Parkinson’s disease.”

New York Times: “How do you die of Parkinson’s disease.”

The New York Times has an "Ask Well" column where the columnist answers questions that have received a large number of "followers." Today's column answers the question:  "How do you die of Parkinson's disease."