Policy, Advocacy, News - 11/22/2013

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PAN Needs Your Help!
Did you know that the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) relies on individual donors like you to fund our work? Learn how you can help.

Survey Finds Sequestration Already Eroding America's Research Capabilities
A recent survey released by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and The Science Coalition found that sequestration is already having a negative impact on research institutions around the country. Learn more.

Heads of NIMH and NINDS Reflect on Last 25 Years
Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Story C. Landis, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), wrote an article for Neuron about the last 25 years of neuroscience. Learn more.

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week
I am now on permanent disability and will soon start receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments. I don’t have health insurance and won't be eligible for Medicare for two years because of the waiting period for SSDI payment recipients. What are my options to obtain coverage? Learn more.


Stay Engaged

End Sequestration and Protect Access to Therapy
Tell your Members of Congress to end sequestration and support policies that strengthen research and Parkinson’s care. Take action!

Call for Posters: Submit Your Abstracts & Share this Opportunity with Others
PAN is offering up to 18 postdoctoral fellows the chance to present their posters in a reception session at the 2014 PAN Leadership Forum designed for PAN advocate leaders from around the country. Deadline is 5 p.m. ET on December 6. Learn more.


In The News

University of Kentucky researchers announce experimental treatment for Parkinson's patients
Lexington Herald Leader | November 18, 2013
Someday soon, a patient who receives a Parkinson's diagnosis might be able to stop or even reverse the disease's spread with a transplant of nerve tissue from his or her own body. More…

Fungus 'may cause symptoms of Parkinson's disease'
MedicalNewsToday.com | November 16, 2013
New research has suggested that a compound often exuded by fungus could be linked to symptoms of Parkinson's disease. More…

Simulators Help Build a Better Drug Trial
Wall Street Journal | November 17, 2013
Researchers have started using powerful computer simulators to design better drug trials and help bring new medicines to market with fewer failures. More…

Sugary drinks might cause brain changes linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s — at least in rats
Washington Post | November 18, 2013
Glugging lots of sugary drinks won’t just make you fat, it might also lead to changes in the brain that have been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease — at least in rats. More…