Policy, Advocacy, News - 10/11/2013

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Government Shutdown Update
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Photo of 2013 Morris K. Udall Awards DinnerThank you for Making the 2013 Udall Awards Dinner a Success
PAN thanks the more than 270 guests and supporters who celebrated the Parkinson’s community Tuesday evening at the 2013 Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner. Learn more.


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In The News

U.S. Nobel laureates worry about future of basic science
Reuters | October 7, 2013
The kind of basic science that helped Randy Schekman win the coveted Nobel medicine prize might never have been funded if he had applied today. More…

This cancer patient’s treatment is on hold because of the government shutdown
Washington Post | October 7, 2013
In April 2012, Michelle Langbehn was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that effects 1 percent of cancer patients in the United States. More…

Questions Often Asked About Health Law
New York Times | October 4, 2013
Millions of consumers rushed to the online health care exchanges on Tuesday only to be greeted with long waits and frustrating error messages. More…

Udall Awards!
Bisnow | October 9, 2013
Last night we went to the Udall Awards Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building to celebrate the Parkinson's community. More…

Study identifies possible biomarker for Parkinson's disease
MedicalXpress.com | October 7, 2013
Although Parkinson's disease is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder in the U.S., there are no standard clinical tests available to identify this widespread condition. More…

Researchers find a link between pesticides and Parkinson's disease; local group seeks action
The Las Cruces Sun-News | October 1, 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…

Toward Prevention of Parkinson's Disease
Huffington Post | October 4, 2013
Parkinson's disease now afflicts close to 1 million Americans, with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. More…

Pioneering procedure could halt the progression of Parkinson's disease by using sci-fi style 'brain port'
Daily Mail (UK) | October 9, 2013
A pioneering procedure to halt the onset of Parkinson's disease using a sci-fi style 'brain port' has been developed by doctors. More…