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The Weekly 08.23.22

Parkinson’s News Updates   Photo by Hamza Bounaim on Unsplash Sleep Problems in Parkinson’s May Be Linked to Certain Medications Parkinson’s News Today Sleep disturbances are common in people with diseases marked by alpha-synuclein buildup, but they are especially problematic among Parkinson’s disease patients on dopaminergic medications, a study suggests.Parkinson’s patients tend to have more arousals during sleep and fewer normal sleep cycles than…

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The Weekly 08.16.2022

Parkinson’s News Updates Photo by Jack Finnigan on Unsplash Patients’ Depression Often Carries Over to Care Partners – Parkinson’s News Today More disability and higher levels of depression in Parkinson’s disease patients predicted an increase in burden and depression of their care partners, such as family and friends, over two years, a study concluded. The findings underscore the need to monitor the burden of…

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The Weekly 08.09.2022

Parkinson’s News Updates Photo by Gabin Vallet Physical Activity Linked to Larger Volume, Increased Health of Brain – Parkinson’s News Today Physical activity may be beneficial to brain health, including for people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, by promoting increases in brain volume, a long-term follow-up study suggests. “Our study results indicate that even small behavioral changes, such as…

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The Weekly 08.02.2022

Parkinson’s News Updates Photo by sk on Unsplash More, Worse Parkinson’s Pain for Women Than Men, Study Reveals Parkinson’s News Today Women with Parkinson’s disease experience more and worse pain than men with the neurodegenerative condition, according to a new study that highlights sex differences in the prevalence and severity of these symptoms. Chronic pain, pain related to motor symptom fluctuations, mouth/face (oro-facial) pain,…

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Breaking Advocacy News

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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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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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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The Weekly 06.28.22

Exercises for Trunk Rigidity Seen to Help Patients Safely Make Turns Parkinson’s News Today A four-week, task-specific exercise program done at home can improve turning ability and balance, and ease disease severity for people with early- to mid-stage Parkinson’s, a small study suggested. This Parkinson’s exercise program focuses explicitly on rotating those parts of the body most involved in turning….

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The Weekly 06.21.22

This Week’s Parkinson’s News Update Photo by Neil Soni on Unsplash App for Voice ‘Games’ May Aid At-home Speech Therapy Practice Parkinson’s News Today Researchers have proposed a set of voice exercise games to help speech quality in people with Parkinson’s disease, which licensed speech therapists found to be a generally feasible, promising approach. If adopted in speech therapy routines, the games could…

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