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How Could I Be So Wrong?

Tuesday August 26, 2014

It’s hard to avoid a bit of hysteria on being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. To be scientifically rational and ruthlessly objective is hard even under the best circumstances. Nobody would confuse a PD diagnosis with the best of circumstances. One could even argue a little hysteria is an under-reaction to news of being stalked by a disorder that relentlessly hollows out those it afflicts until death.

The grimmest part? You are helpless to stop it. How can this be? In our present days of miracle and wonder, we carry little magic tablets that can conjure images of loved ones and allow interaction from a continent away. We travel thousands of miles in a few hours, watching the clouds from above. We even return from death regularly in emergency rooms across the World, relieved, grateful, but not especially surprised. The fact that, in the midst of this everyday sorcery, we somehow forgot to cure Parkinson’s Disease seems almost negligent.

Talk about pent up demand! After all these years, we are eager to embrace whatever holds the promise of curing, or at least slowing the inexorable progression of this disease. So recent news that a phase three trial of CoQ10 came up empty was disappointing.

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Medicine and Cognition

Monday July 28, 2014

Cognitive problems, namely executive dysfunction is common in Parkinson’s disease. Medicines, of course, can worsen cognition including memory. Although dopaminergic medicines are the most commonly used medicines to treat PD motor symptoms, there are many others to be aware of as they too can cause thinking problems.

The following discussion lists medications by categories of use followed by examples that can cause problems.

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