PAN: Policy, Advocacy, News - Week of 6/17/2013

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View our new health care reform issues and resources page
PAN has recently updated our health care reform webpage with more information on issues that we’re following here in D.C. and resources to help you prepare at home for upcoming changes to our nation’s health care system. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available. Learn More.

House and Senate $91 billion apart on FY 2014 funding
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are moving forward with their respective Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations bills, but are $91 billion apart on total discretionary spending.  Read More.

Advocate Feature: Meet Dr. Ashley Harms
PAN interviews Ashley Harms, Ph.D., one of PAN’s Alabama Assistant State Directors. Ashley discusses her involvement with PAN, her Parkinson’s research, and her views on the scientific community’s role in advocacy.  Read More.


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Contact your Representative and ask him/her to support the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2013 (H.R. 2001), a critical step forward in breaking down barriers to telemedicine for everyone.


In The News

Gene mutation may influence age of onset of Parkinson’s disease - NewsFix
In a family study, a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital investigate a link between mutations in the parkin gene and age at which Parkinson’s disease sets in.  More...

Tucson firm wins Parkinson’s research grant - Arizona Daily Star
Tucson-based MSDx Inc. has received a grant of up to $75,000 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to study the potential for a blood test to detect the early onset of Parkinson's disease. More...

Artificial sweetener a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease - Eureka! Science News
Researchers have found that Mannitol, a component of sugar-free candy and gum, prevents clumps of the protein α-synuclein from forming in the brain -- a process that is characteristic of Parkinson's disease. More...

Evvie Heilbrunn of Great Falls battles her newest obstacle: Mount Everest - The Washington Post
Evelyn “Evvie” Heilbrunn of Great Falls, VA is training for an October climb up to Mount Everest’s base camp to raise money for stem cell research for Parkinson's disease. More...

Curing H. Pylori cuts Parkinson’s symptoms - Medpage Today
Researchers report that Parkinson's disease patients showed improvement in multiple symptoms of the disease after being treated for Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) infection. More...

New Brain Imaging technique helps diagnose Parkinson’s -
A new study gives hope that a brain-imaging technique will improve diagnoses for the millions of people with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. More...