Policy, Advocacy, News - 8/23/2013

Latest from PAN

VA and DoD Announce New Consortia to Research Brain Trauma
Last week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense announced the establishment of two joint consortia to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury over the next five years. Learn more.

New Research at NIH Could Lead to Breakthroughs for People with Early Onset Parkinson's Disease
Sue Laux, PAN’s Tennessee State Director, recently participated in an exciting clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a stem cell line, which may one day lead to the prevention of or delay in the progression of early onset Parkinson's disease. Learn more.

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week
What can I expect from insurance plans offered through the exchanges or marketplaces? Learn more.


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Take Action With PAN!

Ask Congress to Remove Medicare Therapy Caps
Please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2013 (H.R. 713/S. 367).

Connect with Your Elected Officials this August
Schedule meetings and reach out to your Members of Congress on social media this August while they are in their home states and districts. Summer Recess runs through September 8.


In The News

Michael J. Fox Foundation CEO: This Is Collaboration In Biology's Century
Forbes | August 19, 2013
If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone (myself included) say "collaboration" since I started at The Michael J. Fox Foundation, I'd live in a much larger house. More…

Medicare Settlement Could Help Seniors Slow Disease Symptom Progression
Mainstreet.com | August 15, 2013
As a result of a recent a recent court settlement, Medicare beneficiaries who have a medical need for skilled care can now qualify for maintenance therapy coverage. More…

What Is It Like To Have Parkinson's?
Huffington Post | August 22, 2013
Before I answer this question, I will say: I am not a Parkinson's patient, and I hope that I never will be. More…

Michael J. Fox Foundation funds second Rowan University Parkinson's Disease study
South Jersey Times | August 22, 2013
The Michael J. Fox Foundation has taken a $700,000 interest in Parkinson's disease research that was born in South Jersey and promises to produce a diagnostic test for early detection of the disease. More…

Anti-Wrinkle Ingredient: 'Preventive Potential' in Parkinson's Disease
Medical News Today | August 20, 2013
Scientists say they have discovered that a chemical used in anti-wrinkle cream has potential to prevent early-onset Parkinson's disease. More…

Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery Provides New Hope for Children
Wall Street Journal | August 12, 2013
Emily Cisar had lived for years with her left arm virtually frozen in a clenched position. But when the 17-year-old's vocal cords began tightening and her singing pitch began to go, she felt ready to try a more drastic response. More…

Dear Editor: Each year 60,000 ...
The Henderson Press (NV) | August 21, 2013
Each year 60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. More…