Parkinson's disease (PD) is a motor system disorder resulting from the breakdown of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. The loss of dopamine causes the symptoms of PD, which include tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement, impaired balance, and changes in speech.
While the disorder gets progressively worse over time, the intensity of symptoms and rate of progression varies from person to person.
While PD can impact life expectancy, there are medications and therapies that can control symptoms for many years. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for PD. Scientists are studying how the disease progresses and working to develop new drug therapies to delay, prevent, or reverse the disorder.
While the precise cause of PD is unknown, genetic and environmental factors appear to play a role. However, more research is needed to uncover the causes and treatments for the disorder.
For more information on PD and on the research underway to fight the disorder, please visit the website
The red tulip, with a fringe of white, became the official symbol of Parkinson’s disease at the 9th World Parkinson’s Disease Day Conference in Luxembourg on April 11, 2005 (although the flower had been associated with Parkinson’s awareness since the early 1980s).
The tulip is described in detail as the “exterior being a glowing cardinal red, small feathered white edge, the outer base whitish; the inside, a currant-red to turkey-red, broad feathered white edge, anthers pale yellow.”
This particular tulip was developed by J.W.S. Van der Wereld, a Dutch horticulturist who had Parkinson’s disease. He named the flower after James Parkinson, the doctor who first described the disease as the “shaking palsy.”
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During these uncertain times with coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us, both with and without Parkinson’s or mood changes, are experiencing worry and fear. What can we do to manage? “Adding structure, rituals and novelty can limit anxiety and make up for a lack of usual activities and spontaneity,” says Mark Groves, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York.
The PASADENA Study
This week, news media have been reporting early results from the PASADENA study, a Phase II clinical trial of a potential new Parkinson’s treatment called prasinezumab, which targets the protein alpha-synuclein. The study, sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Roche and the biotechnology company Prothena, is testing this therapy as a strategy to clear alpha-synuclein clumps believed to give rise to Parkinson’s.
While the trial did not meet its primary endpoint, it did show early signals of success on several secondary measures. We talked to two of the scientists who led the study to bring you in-depth analysis of what they found and plans for next steps. Read the interview on the MJFF website.
FOX FLASH - FDA Approves 2nd New Drug
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an under-the-tongue dissolvable medication to quickly reverse "off" time, when Parkinson's disease (PD) symptoms return between doses. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Kynmobi (apomorphine) offers a new treatment option for people with PD and marks a significant milestone for The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) as it is the second Foundation-funded PD drug to earn FDA approval. Read the complete story.
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Research shows that regular exercise can help individuals with Parkinson’s manage the symptoms of their disease.
The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project, run by the National Parkinson Foundation, shows that people with Parkinson's who exercise a minimum of 2.5 hours a week experience a slowed decline in quality of life. The impact of exercise was most pronounced for individuals who started exercising earlier in the course of the disease.
A variety of exercises, including boxing, cycling, swimming, dancing and walking on the treadmill, can help. Physical therapists can help develop customized exercise plans to maximize effectiveness. As always, individuals starting an exercise program should check with their doctor before they begin.
This video from CBS News shows a great example of how boxing has helped slow the progression of Parkinson’s for patients in New York.
Other Resources For Your Information
Rock Steady Boxing - rocksteadyboxing.org
The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back.
Quiet Punch- quietpunch.com
The original home punching bag. Fits most doorways from 28" - 36" and provides easy to follow home workouts.
Listed are links for websites with other information that maybe helpful.
This information is being provided For Your Information. It is not a substitute for Professional Advise.
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