Author Archives: Laura Kennedy Gould

About Laura Kennedy Gould

Author of magictrickparkinsons.wordpress.com "The Magic Trick -- Life with Parkinson's

“Three Pounds of Goo”

“Everything that we can perceive and understand..happens with this three pounds of goo”. Bill Newsome isn’t stuffy about his favorite subject, the human brain.  Professor William Newsome, Ph.D is the director of  Stanford Neurosciences Institute and graciously met with me … Continue reading

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“All Right Now”

“All Right Now” is the de facto fight song of my alma mater, Stanford University.  It’s also the title of the Class Panel that we grizzled old alumni held during our class reunion.  The theme was that life had thrown … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s research at Stanford

I’m going back to my alma mater, Stanford University, for a reunion.  So I thought I’d poke around and see what they are doing in Parkinson’s research these days.  Stanford, home of the integrated circuit and the birth control pill, … Continue reading

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Laura’s Pharmacology Degree

I’ve been researching Parkinson’s drugs lately because soon I will have my regular 6-month check in with my neurologist.  My symptoms are still pretty mild, but have been increasing and I’m wondering whether I’m at the point where I need … Continue reading

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Block and Tackle Alpha-Synuclein

Per an earlier post, alpha-synuclein is the bad-boy protein behind Parkinson’s.  Very simplistically speaking, when alpha-synuclein proteins stop doing their job efficiently, they clutter up your brain and keep it from producing dopamine.  This July, Michael J. Fox Foundation announced … Continue reading

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When Good Proteins Go Bad

I have read enough about Parkinson’s to know that it’s  got something to do with a bad boy protein called Alpha-Synuclein but I have not researched this area with enough, um, intellectual rigor.  So, time for questions and answers about … Continue reading

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Anniversary

With a shock, I realize it’s been five years since the word “Parkinson’s” entered my life. Nearly everyone else who has Parkinson’s tells a tale of gradually becoming aware that something was wrong — “I didn’t know where my feet were … Continue reading

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Swimming for Parkinson’s

I just wrote about hiking for Parkinson’s, and here’s another opportunity to donate– swimming for Parkinson’s.  As with the hiking, it’s no sweat – all you have to do is lift your credit card and donate.  My fellow Parki blogger, … Continue reading

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Hit the trail for Parkinson’s

Last year, I wrote about the Pass-to-Pass group of intrepid Parkis who backpacked a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money for American Parkinson’s Disease Association and Michael J. Fox Foundation.  I’m thrilled to report that they are … Continue reading

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Discipline

A usual feature of Parkinson’s conferences is The Inspirational Speaker.  I have to admit that I find these speakers….um, inspiring.  The latest speaker I encountered (at an APDA seminar) was Stephen Bergenholtz , just ending his time on the board … Continue reading

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