Category Archives: Parkinson’s Research

Roll Over, Beethoven

“That’s a classic,” my neurologist said.  He was not referring to any compositions by Beethoven or the Chuck Berry classic, “Roll Over, Beethoven”.    Alas, my doctor was commenting on my latest weird Parkinson’s symptom, difficulty rolling over in bed.  … Continue reading

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The Alphabet Soup of PROs

In a previous blogpost, I wrote about how Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) is not only a hot topic in the medical world, but also pivotal to Parkinson’s research.  There is quite an alphabet soup list of surveys and diagnostic scales … Continue reading

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“Lord of All I Survey”

Back in April, I wrote a post pleading for a universal Parkinson’s survey to help both research and clinical care.  Wouldn’t it be great if researchers didn’t have to reinvent the wheel  and create a new survey on demographics and … Continue reading

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A Survey of Surveys

Couldn’t we have just one Parkinson’s survey?  And use it for both research and patient care? I participate in various longitudinal research studies (studies over time), which means that I fill out LOTS of surveys online.  I wonder why researchers … Continue reading

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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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