Parkinson's in the Media
Homicide no Longer a Top Cause of Death in U.S.
“It’s the aging population,” said Dr. Roy N. Alcalay, an assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. “They’re not dying of these other diseases, so they’re dying from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.” More...
St. Jude: A Step Forward on Parkinson’s
Minneapolis Star Tribune
An approach known as deep brain stimulation significantly improves Parkinson's disease patients' control over their symptoms and motor function, including better control over the involuntary shaking often brought on by Parkinson's medication, a study by St. Jude Medical Inc. has found. More...
Bruce McDermott tosses me the keys to his pickup, and I hoist his chrome walker into the truck's bed. "You need to see this," he tells me as he angles his torso and braced leg into the cab, then slams the door. More...
Race, Gender, Dementia May Affect Parkinson's Survival
Men appear more likely to die from Parkinson's disease than women, Hispanics and Asians with the neurologic disorder, a large U.S. study reveals. More...
Placebo Effect Stronger Than We Thought?
Double-blind trials have long been considered the gold standard to determine drugs’ effectiveness. Do we need to rethink that assumption, given the power of the placebo effect? More...
Trying to Get Ahead of Parkinson’s
It has been a year since Delores Slezak noticed something unusual with her body. "I woke up one morning with my teeth chattering like I was cold," said Slezak, 66, a nurse at a middle school who lives in Champaign. "All the while, I was nice, warm and comfortable." A similar experience occurred one Sunday morning in church, she said. "I noticed when I was holding a book in church that my hand would start shaking a little bit," Slezak said. More…
U.S. Translational Science Center Gets Underway
Scarcely a year after plans to establish it were made public, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the newest branch of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, is up and running. On 4 January the centre’s 230 employees gathered for their first ‘all-hands’ meeting, at which they heard an exhortation from NIH director Francis Collins and his lieutenants about the importance of the centre’s mission: finding ways to radically speed up the development of new drugs, devices and diagnostics. More…
Muhammad Ali, 70, remains upbeat in fight against Parkinson's disease
"Rumble, young man, rumble," used to be his battle cry. But Muhammad Ali is an old man now, ravaged by years in the ring and decades of braving Parkinson's disease. The voice that used to bellow he was "The Greatest" is largely muted now, save for times in the mornings when he is able to whisper his thoughts. The face, though, is still that of perhaps the most recognizable man in the world. Maybe not as finely chiseled as it was in his prime, but close enough. More…
Parkinson’s Patients Learn to Think Big
WIBW-TV (CBS affiliate; Topeka, KS)
A new therapy at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in Topeka is helping people with Parkinson’s disease move more normally again. More…
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