Policy, Advocacy, News - 11/29/2013

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Support PAN on GivingTuesday!
This coming Tuesday, December 3 is the second annual GivingTuesday. Learn more.

Budget Conference Deadline Quickly Approaching
The self-imposed December 13 deadline for the bipartisan budget conference committee to reach an agreement on Fiscal Year 2014 spending is quickly approaching. Learn more.

PAN CEO Discusses Organization on Comcast Newsmakers
Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of PAN, discusses PAN, accomplishments in 2013, and what the Parkinson’s community should expect from the organization in 2014. Learn more.

Webinar: Medicare Coverage of Therapy Services?
Last week, PAN staff held a webinar on Medicare coverage of therapy services, which you can watch here. Due to overwhelming interest in this topic, we will be repeating the webinar at 2 p.m. on December 11. Register today.


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

The Pesticide Connection
Chemical & Engineering News | November 25, 2013
Medical mystery jump-starts investigation of the link between Parkinson’s disease and crop-protecting chemicals. More…

Gene-silencing study finds new targets for Parkinson's disease
MedicalXpress.com | November 24, 2013
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have used RNA interference (RNAi) technology to reveal dozens of genes which may represent new therapeutic targets for treating Parkinson’s disease. More…

Seahawks owner Allen to fund brain injury research
Washington Post | November 21, 2013
Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen said Thursday he will pay for a two-year, $2.4 million study into whether repeated blows to the head can lead to dementia. More…

Momentum Builds for Obama's Brain Initiative
Yahoo! News | November 22, 2013
A new initiative to understand the human brain, announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year, has left people wondering exactly what its goals will be. More…

The (really) do-nothing Congress
Politico | November 22, 2013
Sen. Tom Carper had been wavering over the “nuclear option” for days — until one of his colleagues issued a blunt judgment of Congress. More…

Parkinson's drugs dopamine agonists trigger addictions to sex, food, gambling says University of Queensland neuroscientist Adrian Carter
News.com.au | November 26, 2013
Almost one in 10 Parkinson's disease patients will develop compulsive disorders, such as problem gambling, addictive shopping, heightened sexual activity and overeating, as a side-effect of prescribed medication. More…

Nonmotor symptoms may underlie Parkinson’s sleep complaints
MedwireNews.com | November 25, 2013
In people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), symptoms and comorbidities associated with insomnia differ from those associated with daytime sleepiness, US researchers report. More…

UCLA, Emory researchers find a chemical signature for 'fast' form of Parkinson's
UCLA Newsroom | November 21, 2013
Scientists at UCLA and colleagues have now, for the first time, identified a biochemical signal in the blood associated with the faster-progressing form of Parkinson's. More…