Category Archives: Parkinson’s Research

“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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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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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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Tom Isaacs, RIP

I just got word from my Canadian buddy and fellow blogger Natasha McCarthy that Tom Isaacs had died unexpectedly on May 31 at age 49.  Natasha and I had both heard Tom speak at the World Parkinsons Conference in Portland … 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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Trump wants Parkis to die

OK, this is a deliberately inflammatory headline,  kind of in keeping with the Tweet school of communication from the Trump administration. But I’m mad.  Parkinson’s research is at a very exciting, pivotal time right now and a lot of that … 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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