Archives for April 2017

May 2017 Webinars About Parkinson’s

May 2017 Webinars About Parkinson’s

You can participate in a web-based seminar — or webinar — from the privacy of your home.  Join either live or view the archived version within a few days of the live webinar (in most cases).  All webinars listed are free. ere are webinars that may be of interest to those with Parkinson’s in May 2017…

May 2017 Webinars about Caregiving

May 2017 Webinars about Caregiving

Many caregivers cannot leave home due to caregiving responsibilities. You can participate in a web-based seminar --or webinar- from the privacy of your home. Join either live or view the archived version within a few days of the live webinar (in most cases). All webinars listed are free. Here are webinars that may be of interest to caregivers in May 2017...

LA Times: Does Parkinson’s disease begin in the gut? New research suggests it does

LA Times: Does Parkinson’s disease begin in the gut? New research suggests it does

They say that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” But this is definitely not true of the vagus nerve, which wanders from the stomach to the brain, passing through the heart, esophagus and lungs along the way. A new study offers fresh support for an intriguing theory about the vagus nerve’s role in Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that causes tremors, gait difficulties and sometimes dementia in roughly 1 million Americans and as many as 10 million people worldwide.

Master Dance for PD Class with David Leventhal at Stanford, Friday, April 28th

Master Dance for PD Class with David Leventhal at Stanford, Friday, April 28th

Join David Leventhal, Director, Dance for PD, as he leads a master class of Dance for PD. The class will be held at the  Roble Dance Studio 113, 375 Santa Teresa St., Stanford, CA 94305, from 1:30-2:45pm on Friday, April 28th. Parking is available at the nearby Roble Field Garage , 320 Panama St., Stanford, CA 94305.

Scientific American: “Parkinson’s Disease at 200”

Scientific American: “Parkinson’s Disease at 200”

Todd Sherer, from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, authored a blog post on the Scientific American website in April.  He writes:  "Two centuries after its discovery, it's still incurable—but research is accelerating, with major help from citizen scientists in the patient community."

Lewy Body Dementia Caregiving – Insights & Experience, Wednesday, April 19, 2:30-4pm, Palo Alto

Lewy Body Dementia Caregiving – Insights & Experience, Wednesday, April 19, 2:30-4pm, Palo Alto

Please join Stanford Parkinson's Caregiver Support Program for a seminar on Lewy Body Dementia caregiving.   The event will be held at the Avenidas Dining Room.  The event is free.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 18th.

STAT News: Before you send your spit to 23andMe, what you need to know

STAT News: Before you send your spit to 23andMe, what you need to know

Here's a very helpful article from yesterday's STAT News about what 23andMe's genetic reports can and cannot show.

New York Times: F.D.A. Will Allow 23andMe to Sell Genetic Tests for Disease Risk to Consumers

New York Times: F.D.A. Will Allow 23andMe to Sell Genetic Tests for Disease Risk to Consumers

On April 6, the New York Times reports that the FDA will allow 23andMe to sell genetic tests for disease risk to consumers.  According to the article, customers have to specifically ask to be tested for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's risk.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Raise awareness of Parkinson's in April by speaking with your family, friends, and neighbors about it. Contact a local newspaper, radio station, or TV station about how you are coping with Parkinson’s Disease. Start a blog about positive and negative aspects of Parkinson’s — if you are living with it or caring for someone with PD.

EurekAlert! “Journal of Parkinson’s Disease celebrates key breakthroughs”

EurekAlert! “Journal of Parkinson’s Disease celebrates key breakthroughs”

From the shaking palsy to alpha-synuclein, the stories behind the science from many of the researchers who played key roles in achieving significant milestones are published.