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Dance for Parkinson's kicks off its fourth year with visit from Mark Morris Dance Group

Tuesday September 25, 2012

Laughter and joy are classroom staples at a popular dance class that combines live music and dance instruction from world-class professional dancers. Dance for Parkinson's inspires those living with Parkinson's disease (PD) to explore the benefits of dance and movement with others who share some of the challenging symptoms of the disease.

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Marching to a Different Beat

Tuesday September 25, 2012

Guest blogger Bev Ribaudo was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's at age 47, but her symptoms began in her late 30′s. Having always been an optimist, Bev decided to fight this disease using humor, sharing her observations at Parkinson's Humor.

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Mechanism that leads to sporadic Parkinson's disease identified

Tuesday September 25, 2012

New York, NY (September 25, 2012) — Researchers in the Taub Institute at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified a mechanism that appears to underlie the common sporadic (non-familial) form of Parkinson's disease, the progressive movement disorder. The discovery highlights potential new therapeutic targets for Parkinson's and could lead to a blood test for the disease. The study, based mainly on analysis of human brain tissue, was published today in the online edition of Nature Communications

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Support, humor help those with Parkinson’s

Tuesday September 25, 2012

“You have to laugh when your birthday present is a bathroom remodel with grab bars and an ADA-approved toilet,” said Kathy Harlan, a Clear Lake area resident who has lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than 13 years.

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Understanding Dysphagia

Friday September 21, 2012

At the age of 78, Maxine was a poster girl for an active senior lifestyle. She loved being the unofficial social director of her assisted living community in the Texas Hill Country, organizing shopping trips to San Antonio and calling the numbers at the daily bingo game. Physically, Maxine was in great shape. She took a brisk walk every morning and had a regular annual physical exam. Her only chronic health problem was mild Parkinson’s, which she controls with daily medication.

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Why a Love of the Arts Will Help Your Brain Age Better

Thursday September 20, 2012

We know exercise helps strengthen our minds and our bodies. We know that taking on new challenges keeps the brain sharp through middle age and beyond. But now new research — and a new public television documentary — make a strong case that engagement with music, dance and other arts may be just as powerful for preserving mental health and acuity throughout our lives.

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University of Ottawa builds a better mouse for Parkinson’s research

Wednesday September 19, 2012

OTTAWA — University of Ottawa researchers have published a study about a mouse — a mouse that could lead to a better understanding and better treatments for Parkinson’s, the neurodegenerative disease characterized by the gradual loss of motor control.

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Acupuncture for Parkinson’s Disease - New Research

Wednesday September 19, 2012

New research concludes that acupuncture may be an effective treatment modality for the improvement of symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease patients. Using fMRI imaging, researchers measured the specific effects of needling acupuncture point GB34 (Yanglingquan) on areas of the brain related to Parkinson’s Disease. The researchers discovered that acupuncture activated brain centers that suffer excess deactivation in Parkinson’s Disease patients. Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative brain disorder. Parkinson’s patients have lower neural responses in brain regions that acupuncture can access and activate. As a result, the researchers conclude that acupuncture at GB34 may improve the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s.

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Canzano: 'I'm not going anywhere,' says Oregon State's Bob De Carolis

Wednesday September 19, 2012

During Oregon State's victory over Wisconsin last week at Reser Stadium, a man approached Beavers athletic director Bob De Carolis in the donor suites, leaned close, and told him to rub coconut oil on his skin.

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Pearl Gallery artist uses her work to reflect on a Parkinson's Disease diagnosis

Wednesday September 19, 2012

Mixed media artist Trisha Hassler grew frightened a year ago when she found her stride reduced to a shuffle rather than a walk.

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