Policy, Advocacy, News - 10/18/2013

Latest from PAN

Deal Reached to End Government Shutdown
On October 16, Congress passed legislation negotiated by Senate leaders to reopen the federal government after a two-week partial shutdown and to extend the debt limit, just hours before a Treasury-imposed deadline for default on the nation's debt. Learn more.

The Shutdown is Over. Now What?
PAN CEO Amy Comstock Rick explains the impact of recent events in Washington, DC and what the Parkinson's community should be aware of in the next few months. Learn more.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Question of the Week
What is the annual "wellness" exam covered by Medicare? Learn more.

In Case You Missed It: ACA Webinar
PAN staff led a webinar on the ACA and its impact on the Parkinson's community. Learn more.

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins
Open enrollment for Medicare, including Part D prescription drug coverage, began October 15 and runs through December 7, 2013. Learn more.

Your Tax Dollars at Work
In order to showcase your tax dollars at work in your community, we will be periodically featuring federal funded Parkinson's researchers from across the country. This month, PAN asks Dr. Angela Ridgel of Kent State University in Ohio to tell us about her Parkinson's research. Learn more.


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In The News

Government reopens after shutdown; Obama urges Congress to resist 'extremes'
Washington Post | September 17, 2013
Federal agencies, parks, museums and monuments began to reopen Thursday morning, after a chastened Congress ended a bitter funding standoff that triggered a 16-day government closure and drove the nation toward the brink of default. More…

Wilmington man's disease moves him to run for others
WDEL-AM | October 17, 2013
Parkinson's disease has taken many things from a Wilmington man, but not his will to help others by running. More…

New app for intelligent glasses could improve gait of Parkinson's disease patients
News-Medical.net | October 16, 2013
A new app for intelligent glasses, such as Google Glass, will soon make it possible to improve the gait of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and to decrease their risk of falling. More…

A Trojan Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
Mashable | October 15, 2013
Deep in the base of the brain, a cascade of events including oxidative damage and inflammation can kill neurons, resulting in the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease. More…

Hi-tech brain implant may stop Parkinson's growth
Business Standard (UK) | October 14, 2013
A high-tech brain implant that gives new life to damaged neurones could prevent the progression of Parkinson's disease, scientists say. More…

New treatment for Parkinson's
Sky News (Australia) | October 13, 2013
A team of Oxford scientists believe they have created a groundbreaking form of therapy that could revolutionise the way Parkinson's disease is treated. More…

3 Pipeline Drugs That Could Have a Dramatic Impact on Parkinson's Disease by 2020
DailyFinance.com | October 16, 2013
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Parkinson's disease, or PD, was the 14th leading cause of death in 2010. More…