Category Archives: Parkinson’s Causes

On the trail to a biomarker

My sharp-eyed brother sent me this link, asking “If they can do this, then perhaps a test for Parkinsons?”  The link described results of early research on a potential  biomarker for autism.   I was surprised at the parallels between Parkinson’s … Continue reading

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Which dementia do you prefer?

Tasteless joke of the day: An old man was asked, “At your ripe age, what you prefer to get – Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?” The wise one answered, “Definitely Parkinson’s. Better to spill half an ounce of Crown Royal whiskey, than to forget where you keep … 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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Do you like breathing? Want to continue?

Do you like breathing? Do you like drinking clean water? Then you should be concerned about Trump’s Executive Orders dismantling Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Action:  Here’s ACTIONS you can take: 1)  Submit your comment to the EPA opposing reversal of … Continue reading

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Make Me A Million!

Help me raise a million dollars for the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.  Every dollar you contribute up to a million will be matched – BUT ONLY  UNTIL NOVEMBER 29!    That’s only … Continue reading

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You Too Can Be a Neurologist!

Hey kids! It’s easy to be a neurologist – it’s not brain surgery! Just ask Sean Hannity of Fox News. He (and various other right-wing wackos with similar neurological credentials) have taken a few scraps and magically concluded that Hillary … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s “Breakthroughs”

“Have they figured out what causes Parkinson’s?”  I got asked that question yet again the other day.  The answer (as with most Parki questions) is “sort of”.  My inability to clearly explain this answer made me vow to bone up … Continue reading

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Eat Your Kale

What does  iron in your blood have to do with Parkinson’s?  This was the question in the back of my mind when I signed up for “Haptoglobin and iron study” via the Michael J. Fox Foundation research registry.  (Psst….Have you … Continue reading

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