Policy, Advocacy, News - 9/20/2013

Latest from PAN

Bold and Ambitious: BRAIN Initiative Interim Report Released
The Advisory Committee to the National Institutes of Health Director presented an interim report of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Working Group. Learn more.

Meet PAN Advocate Kevin Mansfield
Periodically PAN highlights one of our tireless volunteer advocates. This week we are highlighting Kevin Mansfield, Oregon Assistant State Director. Learn more.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Question of the Week
What is happening to Medicare Advantage plans under the ACA? Learn more.

PAN Staff at Parkinson’s Events
This week, PAN staff participated in several Parkinson’s community events and conferences. Learn more.


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Make the 2013 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner a Great Success!
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Support Restoring FDA User Fees
Ask your Representative and Senators to support legislation to restore a critical source of private funding to the FDA or thank those that have already shown leadership on this issue through co-sponsorship. Take action.

Protect Federal Research Funding
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In The News

U.S. must restore biomedical research funding
Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
To us, biomedical research is not an abstract idea funded by wasteful government spending. It is work done by driven and passionate young people like ourselves who want to save lives -- but that work requires money, resources, and time. More…

How Telemedicine Could Change Medicare
Roll Call | September 18, 2013
The Medicare program, and the 49 million elderly and disabled Americans who rely on it, are facing an uphill battle when it comes to quality and cost. More…

Michael J. Fox: Parkinson's Made Me a Better Actor
Rolling Stone | September 16, 2013
Parkinson's disease has changed a lot about Michael J. Fox's life – but it's not all been for the worse, the actor tells senior writer Brian Hiatt in interviews for Rolling Stone's latest cover story. More…

Billy Connolly undergoes prostate cancer surgery and is diagnosed with Parkinson's - but will keep working
The Independent (UK) | September 16, 2013
Billy Connolly has vowed to continue his stage and screen career after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. More…

Faces of Parkinson’s disease
The Advocate | September 17, 2013
A three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, a world renowned evangelist, a former U.S. attorney general, an actor/producer/author and a Grammy-winning singer: What do they have in common. More…

Brain Pacemaker
Al Jazeera | September 15, 2013
More than five million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that causes debilitating tremors and can make the simplest tasks, such as getting out of a chair, almost impossible. More…

Biomedical research investment in future
IslandPacket | September 16, 2013
This letter to the editor was written by South Carolina State Director Adrienne O'Neill. More…

Hundreds raise money for Parkinson's disease
WHEC-TV | September 15, 2013
It's a debilitating illness that affects more than a million people in our country. More…