Category Archives: Treatment

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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Laura’s Pharmacology Degree

I’ve been researching Parkinson’s drugs lately because soon I will have my regular 6-month check in with my neurologist.  My symptoms are still pretty mild, but have been increasing and I’m wondering whether I’m at the point where I need … 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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Curing Parkinson’s with Pixie Dust

I wrote a post back in 2013 that quoted the average cost of drug development: $1.2 billion over 15 years.  Four years later, it’s probably more than that, but the point is still the same: it would appear to cost way  too … Continue reading

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I have to confess that my speech therapist concluding that my voice was getting soft due to Parkinson’s just scared the beejeezus out of me.  Why?  I love to talk  and tell tales.  But even more, I love to sing. … Continue reading

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Can you hear me now?

In the last year or so, my Beloved has suffered from “husband deafness”.    Even when I am talking in a perfectly well-modulated conversational tone, he complains that he can’t hear me.  I urged my husband to get a hearing … Continue reading

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I Love to Laugh

You’ve probably been reading about “fake news” and our new “post-factual environment”.  So you can imagine how dubious I was when I scanned through my Facebook and saw one of those “sponsored pages” (i.e., an ad).  The page was from … Continue reading

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Fetal Stem Cell Tissue — How does it impact Parkinson’s research?

You may have read recently about an anti-abortion group secretly videotaping Planned Parenthood personnel as they discussed sale of fetal tissue (from abortions) to be used for research.   I thought, whew, at least this doesn’t impact Parkinson’s research, now that … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookies and Levodopa

What do chocolate chip cookies and levodopa have in common? A.  At the right time and amount, they can be a great treat! B.  However, you can have too much of a good thing. C.  They should be included among … Continue reading

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