Parkinson's in the Media

August 2011 Monthly Message

Parkinson's disease and Parkinsonism: Are they the same thing?
Federal Update: What's Going on in Washington
Branded vs. Generic Medications in Parkinson's Disease: Does it Matter?
Hettie Molvang is a Support Group Champion
The Future of Translational Research at the National Institutes of Health:
    NIH Director Francis Collins Releases Commentary Paper about New Research Center

Parkinson's Action Network Welcomes Former Congressman John Spratt to its Board of Directors
PAN joins the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine
Join us for the 2011 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner
PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick Featured on Comcast Newsmakers
Parkinson's in the Media


Judge dismisses suit on federal stem cell research
Associated Press
A federal judge is throwing out a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's funding of embryonic stem cell research.  The lawsuit claimed the research violated a 1996 law that prohibits taxpayer financing for work that harms an embryo.  But the Obama administration policy allows research on embryos that were culled long ago through private funding. More…

U.S. will pay for half of all health care costs by 2020
The Chicago Tribune
The U.S. government will foot the bill for half of all health care costs in the United States by 2020, according to a government report released Thursday.  That's up from 44 percent just two years ago, and reflects both the rising cost of health care and the fact that millions more people will have access to it under health reform, said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More…

Patients take control of innovation
The paternalistic model for delivering healthcare innovation, in which patients are passive subjects for testing news drugs or procedures - and grateful recipients of any resulting products - is coming to an end. More…

U.S. proposes rule changes for human-subject research
The Washington Post
The federal government on Friday proposed sweeping revisions to rules governing scientific research involving human subjects with the intent of extending protections to a larger number of people while simultaneously streamlining the oversight and paperwork required of scientists. More…

Van Hollen, Burgess Introduce National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act
Office of Congressman Van Hollen
Today, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act.  While thousands of Americans are affected by Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases, very little accurate information exists to assist those who research, treat, and provide care to those suffering from these diseases – this bill would help change that.  The House passed the legislation on September 28, 2010, but the legislation was not brought to a vote in the Senate. More…

Brain Research and the Challenge of Aging
The Wall Street Journal
The human brain has produced truly remarkable advances in medical science, creating new medical devices, pharmaceutical products, and diagnostic and surgical procedures that enable us to enjoy longer, healthier lives.  Consider, just as examples, the Salk vaccine, which has virtually eliminated polio; and the MRI, which makes it possible to do internal examinations noninvasively. More…

Drug Concerns in Parkinson's
The Wall Street Journal
Despite warnings about the risks of using antipsychotics to treat older, demented patients, the powerful drugs are routinely prescribed to elderly people with Parkinson's disease, according to a study published Monday. More…

Scientists identify new inherited form of Parkinson's disease
Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technische Universität München working in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna have identified a mutation associated with an inherited form of late-onset Parkinson's disease.  The mutation occurs in a gene that plays a role in intracellular protein sorting.  The results have been published in the current issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics. More…