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Other Things Lewy Bodies Might Do to Our Brains

Editor’s note: This column discusses suicide. Pivotal events in my life have piqued my interest in Lewy bodies. The first event was on March 15, 2015, when my life partner, Steve, killed himself. The second was my diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in November 2015. My fascination with Lewy bodies (I’ll define them in a bit) began in August 2016 when I watched a documentary…

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The Grouch and T.O.O.T.S.: Dealing with Irritability

Years ago when I was first diagnosed, my partner asked the neurologist, “Is there something we can do about his irritability?” The doctor responded, “I wish I had a dollar for every time a partner made this request.” It seems this is a prevalent issue. In past columns I have addressed scenario looping breakdowns, exaggerated emotions, deep fatigue, bad days, and ugly…

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Benefits of Exercise for Parkinson’s Patients Linked to Increased Dopamine Release, Study Suggests

Engaging in regular exercise can help preserve the motor and non-motor function of Parkinson’s disease patients, most likely as a result of an increased release of dopamine in the brain, a small study suggests. The study, “Habitual Exercisers Versus Sedentary Subjects With Parkinson’s Disease: Multimodal PET and fMRI Study,” was published in the journal Movement Disorders. Exercise has been shown…

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Parkinson’s Foundation to Host, Broadcast Summit for Caregivers in English, Spanish

With a focus on self-care and caregiving, the Parkinson’s Foundation is hosting a free bilingual summit for those who attend to the daily needs of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients. Called Cumbre Para Cuidadores (Summit for Caregivers), the all-day event Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona, will be broadcast online in English and Spanish to satellite locations nationwide.…

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Cooling ‘brains on fire’ to treat Parkinson’s

A promising new therapy to stop Parkinson’s disease in its tracks has been developed by scientists who found that a small molecule, MCC950, stopped the development of Parkinson’s in several animal models. The team hope to commence human clinical trials in 2020. from Parkinson’s News — ScienceDaily https://ift.tt/2qqaRHf

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Middle-Onset Parkinson’s Linked to Impaired Ability to Detect Emotions, Study Finds

Patients with middle-onset Parkinson’s disease have difficulties recognizing negative and neutral emotions, deficits that appear to be even stronger in female patients, a study shows. The study, “Emotion-Specific Affective Theory of Mind Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease,” was published in the journal Scientific Reports. Parkinson’s disease is known to affect the frontal-subcortical circuit, an area responsible for motor and behavioral processes.…

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Phase 2 Trial Testing Anavex 2-73 Recruiting Parkinson’s Patients With Dementia in Spain

The first patient has been enrolled in Anavex Life Sciences‘ Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the potential and safety of Anavex 2-73 as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease dementia. Now actively recruiting, the study (2017-004335-36) is expected to enroll approximately 120 Parkinson’s patients ages 50 or older with a dementia diagnosis. It is being conducted across several clinical sites in Spain,…

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A Note From the CEO: Fall/Winter Parkinson Report

At every Parkinson’s Foundation event I attend — from Moving Day events to Parkinson’s disease (PD) symposiums — there is one group of people who remain unsung heroes: caregivers and care partners. Throughout every stage of Parkinson’s, they offer strength and support to their loved ones living with Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s Foundation is here for caregivers — whether you care…

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How Hector and Mary Fight Parkinson’s Together

After 41 years of marriage, four children, seven grandchildren and a Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis, Hector and Mary Padilla still say they are in their honeymoon stage. “Throughout my entire career, every time I traveled for work, Mary took care of everything,” said Hector. “I always appreciated that someone so beautiful, talented and smart, devoted all her efforts to make…

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