Policy, Advocacy, News - 10/4/2013

Latest from PAN

Government Shutdown Persists Over FY 2014 Spending Stalemate
Effective October 1, most non-essential federal government operations shut down after Congressional leaders were unable to find a path forward on Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 spending. Learn more.

Health Advocacy Community United in Opposing Piecemeal Funding
On October 2, the House of Republicans passed miniature continuing resolutions (mini-CR) to fund parts of the government, including one that would fund the National Institutes of Health. Learn more.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Question of the Week
What happens if I'm denied coverage for a particular drug or therapy? Learn more.

PAN Welcomes New Members of the Grassroots Advisory Board
Five new grassroots advocates join the PAN Grassroots Advisory Board this month. Learn more.

New Study Links Depression to Parkinson's Disease
According to a study in the latest issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, people with depression are three times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. Learn more.


Stay Engaged

Join PAN for a Webinar on the ACA
PAN staff will host an ACA webinar on October 10 to provide a broad overview of the Health Care Exchanges, the impact of the ACA on Medicare and Medicaid, and to talk through the resources we currently have available. Learn more.

End the Government Shutdown
Tell your Members of Congress to find a solution to FY 2014 spending that ends the government shutdown, protects critical funding for medical research, and ends sequestration. Take action.

Make the 2013 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner a Great Success!
Just 4 days left to make a difference and celebrate the Parkinson's community. Support PAN's important work by making a donation, reserving a seat, or becoming a sponsor. Learn more.


In The News

The shutdown could prevent kids with cancer from getting treatment
Washington Post | October 1, 2013
As long as the government is shut down, the National Institutes of Health will turn away roughly 200 patients each week from its clinical research center, including children with cancer. More…

Depression Tied to Parkinson's Risk
New York Times | October 2, 2013
Depression may be an independent risk factor for Parkinson's disease, a new study has found. More…

Parkinson Congress making the world of a difference
The Scotsman (UK) | October 2, 2013
The World Parkinson Congress in Canada this week is a wonderful opportunity for people with Parkinson's, healthcare professionals and representatives from the global research community to meet and inspire each other. More…

Smell and the Degenerating Brain
The Scientist | October 1, 2013
James Black, a 62-year-old London taxi cab driver, went to his doctor complaining of memory difficulties and intermittent periods of confusion that he'd been experiencing for 2 years. More…

Pitt scientists open door to potential research into cures for Parkinson's disease
News-Medical.net | October 1, 2013
A mix of serendipity and dogged laboratory work allowed a diverse team of University of Pittsburgh scientists to report in the Oct. 1 issue of Nature Cell Biology that they had solved the mystery of a basic biological function essential to cellular health. More…

Zinc discovery may shed light on Parkinson's, Alzheimer's
University of Wisconsin – Madison | September 30, 2013
Scientists at UW-Madison have made a discovery that, if replicated in humans, suggests a shortage of zinc may contribute to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, which have been linked to defective proteins clumping together in the brain. More…