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IMPORTANT ADVOCACY UPDATE FOR THE NORTHWEST PARKINSON’S COMMUNITY Dear Northwest Parkinson’s Community, A historic piece of legislation was introduced July 28, 2022, in the U.S. House of Representatives that holds great promise for the Parkinson’s community! The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act (House Resolution 8585) was authored by Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and this bipartisan…

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The Weekly 07.19.2022

The Weekly – Your Parkinson’s News Updates 20 hikers completed 3 days of hiking on beautiful Mt. Rainier, July 12 -14, and departed the mountain with sunny faces and sore happy feet! This is the first year that Pass to Pass has offered day hiking to the Parkinson’s community: hiking by day and enjoying Mt. Rainier’s National Park Lodge in…

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Guest Blog

Public Service — Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease Guest Blogger Bill Clugston A missing neurotransmitter, dopamine, is the source of Parkinson’s Disease symptoms. This particular brain chemical helps to regulate muscle control and motion. But it also performs several other subtle tasks. It encourages us to take on daily tasks. This neurotransmitter also helps us feel good. It’s a chemical…

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The Weekly 07.12.22

Parkinson’s News Updates Photo by Benjamin Voros on Unsplash Poor Sleep Seems to Worsen Parkinson’s Symptoms Parkinson’s News Today Poor quality of sleep is linked to worse motor and nonmotor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease, a study has found. Greater deviations from an estimated ideal bedtime, time in bed, and duration of sleep are linked to more severe symptoms, data show. “Sleep…

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Parkinson’s and Creativity

How can Parkinson’s change your life? More ways than you care to count. One of the least expected: PD, or more exactly, treatments for it, can  supercharge your creativity, fueling a creative bender that can be delightful or disruptive. I first encountered formal interest in this phenomenon about a decade ago in a report on a paper by a…

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The Weekly 07.05.22

This Week’s Parkinson’s News Update Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash Study Explores New Way to Monitor Neuroinflammation Parkinson’s News Today Overactivation of microglia cells — known to drive neuroinflammation in diseases like Parkinson’s — can be detected by measuring a panel of different proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, a study reports. The finding…

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