Archives for June 2017

Stanford Movement Disorder Specialist to discuss “DBS – Past, Present, and Future” in Fresno, July 8

Stanford Movement Disorder Specialist to discuss “DBS – Past, Present, and Future” in Fresno, July 8

Laurice Yang, MD, a movement disorder specialist at Stanford, will be providing detailed information on the option of the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for PD and what the future holds for DBS at the Fresno Parkinson’s Support Group meeting on Saturday, July 8th, from 10am - noon, at DHHSC, Fresno. This event is free and open to the public.  No need to RSVP.

Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease: Living Well Every Day

Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease: Living Well Every Day

Join a free national webinar, hosted by the APDA, this Thursday, June 29th, 2017 from 10:00am-11:00am PT to hear perspectives on speech and nutrition to help people with Parkinson’s and their care partners live well every day.

APDA: “Changes in Personality in Parkinson’s”

APDA: “Changes in Personality in Parkinson’s”

It is important to recognize that our personality is relatively stable over time, although aging, life experience, and other factors (including disease) can lead to at least some modest changes. Given the chronic and progressive nature of PD, it makes no sense to believe that personality changes will magically disappear.

ParkinsonsDisease.net – “Parkinson’s Disease—Going Beyond the Tremor”

ParkinsonsDisease.net – “Parkinson’s Disease—Going Beyond the Tremor”

The Parkinson’s Disease In America 2017 online survey gathered insights from 1,152 individuals currently suffering from Parkinson’s disease to better understand their symptoms and management of this condition, as well as the impact on their lives.  Here are the survey findings.

New York Times: Patient Voices: Parkinson’s Disease

New York Times: Patient Voices: Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease, which affects more than 10 million people worldwide, is a neurological disorder that occurs as a result of the death of nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. The loss of dopamine production in the brain can lead to tremors, balance problems, stiff facial expressions and muffled speech, among other things. How does Parkinson’s disease affect the body? The mind? How does having a progressive disease affect families? Listen to the stories of seven men and women with Parkinson’s disease.

ScienceDaily: New mechanism behind Parkinson’s disease revealed

ScienceDaily: New mechanism behind Parkinson’s disease revealed

Researchers have identified the precise toxic mechanism at work during an overabundance of the protein alpha-synuclein in neurons—the protein is a key causative agent in the development of Parkinson’s disease.

LiveScience: Dreams and Brain Disease: REM Sleep Cells Linked to Disorders

LiveScience: Dreams and Brain Disease: REM Sleep Cells Linked to Disorders

Where do dreams come from? Researchers now say they know: A specific group of cells in the brain stem is responsible for controlling dreaming sleep, also called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, a new study says.

June 2017 – Parkinson’s Support Group Mtgs – Guest Speakers/Programs – Northern and Central California

June 2017 – Parkinson’s Support Group Mtgs – Guest Speakers/Programs – Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for June 2017.  Here’s what's happening at a support group near you…

New York Times: New Electrical Brain Stimulation Technique Shows Promise in Mice

New York Times: New Electrical Brain Stimulation Technique Shows Promise in Mice

Pulses of electricity delivered to the brain can help patients with Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and possibly other conditions. But the available methods all have shortcomings: They either involve the risks of surgery, from implanting electrodes deep within the brain, or they stimulate from the skull’s surface, limiting the ability to target electricity to the right brain areas.

LIFE Shared This Remarkable Parkinson’s Disease Story in 1959. A Lot Has Changed Since Then

LIFE Shared This Remarkable Parkinson’s Disease Story in 1959. A Lot Has Changed Since Then

The great LIFE photographer Margaret Bourke-White was in Tokyo in 1952 when she first discovered that, in the middle of a physically demanding photojournalistic career, the dull pain in her left leg was becoming something more. Rising from a meal, she found herself, for a few steps at least, unable to walk.