Category Archives: Parkinson’s Causes

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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Parkinsonisms vs. Parkinson’s Disease

I have written before about the difficulty of diagnosing Parkinson’s disease.   There is no blood test where you can just measure the quantity of dopamine in your brain.  Instead, diagnosis is dependent on  family history and clinical exam.  And once … Continue reading

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Go Sequence, Young Woman

Once again, gold in California! My bright young niece is graduating from college this June, and my thoughts frequently turn to the question of where she will find her first job.  Back in the 19th century, author Horace Greeley opined … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s in a Dish

The headline on the New York Times article rightly described the news as a “breakthrough”.  The news was that two scientists,  Doo Yeon Kim and Rudolph E. Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital, had developed “Alzheimer’s in a Dish” — a … Continue reading

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I wish I’d paid more attention in 10th grade biology

I started writing this blog as a way of learning more about Parkinson’s.    I get various email subscriptions which are constantly reporting new breakthroughs in PD….or at least they sound like breakthroughs.  Understanding the research is very thick going … Continue reading

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Status: 1/26/14, Off to Costa Rica

Paul and I will soon be off to Costa Rica, so I was curious about Parkinson’s in that country.  First of all, I found that PD sounds much better in Spanish:  Enfermedadde Parkinson.  Second, after much web searching, I found … Continue reading

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