Category Archives: Parkinson’s Basics

Stem Cells – The hope and the hype

What “miracle drugs” were in the 20th century, stem cells are the equivalent for the 21st century — the penicillin, the polio vaccine that will solve all our health issues. Hmm….sounds too good to be true.   Exhibit A in the … 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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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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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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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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Parkinsons and Melanomas

Why do I have a  photo of my late father in this blog?  I have a photo of my handsome, Irish father mostly because Father’s Day is coming up.   But we also share the same Irish face: pale white skin, … Continue reading

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Why is April Parkinson’s Awareness Month? A.  People with Parkinson’s tend to bound like bunnies. B.  There is a shortage of holidays in April. C.  Exposure to Easter Egg dye may cause Parkinson’s. D.  It seems appropriate to recognize Parkinson’s … Continue reading

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Be a Stiff for Science!

Hey kids!  Do you want to help out Parkinson’s research?  It’s easy…All you have to do is….die. Of course there are a few requirements: For the Seattle-based program I signed up for, yes, you do need to have PD, be … Continue reading

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It’s All in Your Head

Depression and anxiety can be symptoms of Parkinson’s, results of having PD, and/or side effects from PD medication.  Yet we still have a stigma about addressing mental health aspects of PD.  “It’s all in your head…just buck up and you’ll … Continue reading

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