Category Archives: Parkinson’s Research

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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AMP up Parkinson’s Research

It’s now about two hours before President Trump delivers his State of the Union address.  The pundits have already predicted he will brag about what a swell economy his policies have  brought about.  What I’m sure he won’t talk about … Continue reading

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It takes a village to cure Parkinson’s

Let’s do a little brain test.   Before reading anything else in this post, look carefully at the above photo.  What do you notice about it?  What appears odd or unusual?  When and where was it taken?  Does it look familiar? … 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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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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Urgent- Help me fight Parkinson’s- TODAY

Hey friends — Today, November 28, 2017, is Giving Tuesday – a balance to all the overeating and overbuying of Thanksgiving.  Help me fight Parkinson’s by donating to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  I personally believe they are the most … Continue reading

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“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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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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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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