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Imprisoned by Parkinson’s

Thursday March 30, 2006

Jim Callahan was at a parade in Bellevue, greeting the crowd, when a woman asked, "Jim, did you have a stroke?"

Callahan’s arm was hanging at his side as he walked.

"I hadn’t noticed it," he said.

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Sufferers’ faith in each other is unshakeable

Thursday March 30, 2006

Gordon Baer knows Parkinson’s patients who lay their shoes out in a row from bed to the bathroom. It’s a mind trick to defeat the freeze that sometimes happens when you have Parkinson’s Disease.

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Parkinson’s Disease May Be Treated By Electric Current

Thursday March 30, 2006

A simple and efficient method that facilitates Parkinson’s disease treatment has been developed by researchers of the Institute of Human Brain, Russian Academy of Sciences. Influence of feeble electric current on the brain via electrodes laid on the head skin - the so-called transcranial electric polarization (TCEP) - reduces muscle tone and partially restores patients’ movements. In combination with antiparkinsonian drug intake, TCEP reduces their side effect.

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Parkinson’s gives violinist her toughest challenge

Thursday March 30, 2006

In Orchestra Hall, violinist Kristin Kemper is still. With her violin propped on her knee, she waits for the conductor to cue her to play.

If it weren’t for her medicine, Kemper’s hands might be shaking -- like they were three years ago when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Back then, waiting to play was hard, but now, she has medication to help her overcome the tremors.

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TAKE THE PARK OUT OF PARKINSON’S

Thursday March 30, 2006

In 2003, Jim ”Parky” Wetherell of Hemet CA used his connections with the manufacturers to donate a recumbent tricycle to PPSG and The Parkinson’s Institute for use in their outreach programs. We had met him while supporting his pedaling the San Francisco – Santa Cruz leg of the cross-country ride for Parkinson’s. Since then, he has donated a trike to Power Over Parkinson’s, a group at the University of Arizona, and is negotiating another donation with the University of California at Irvine’s Parkinson’s program. Dr. Jay Alberts, a Georgia Tech professor of applied physiology, is following indications that high-cadence pedaling can set back the Parkinson’s clock

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Engineered Stem Cells Show Promise for Sneaking Drugs Into The Brain

Thursday March 30, 2006

One of the great challenges for treating Parkinson’s diseases and other neurodegenerative disorders is getting medicine to the right place in the brain.

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New rules ease Parkinson’s diagnosis

Thursday March 30, 2006

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said Wednesday its new guidelines on diagnosing Parkinson’s disease improves quality of life.

The new rules are mainly aimed at demystifying the range of therapies for treating Parkinson’s, including drugs and surgery, and clarifying what works and what doesn’t, so doctors can choose the best therapy for their patients.

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Michael J. Fox Foundation Seeks Innovative Scientific Approaches for 2006 Community Fast Track Program

Thursday March 30, 2006

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research announced today the launch of its 2006 Community Fast Track research program (CFT ’06). This annual program aims to stimulate new and novel research that advances understanding of Parkinson’s and accelerates improved treatments and an ultimate cure for PD patients. Each year, national and regional Parkinson’s groups join to help fund the program and the Foundation is currently reaching out to community partners to encourage participation.

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Struck by Parkinson’s, he helps others

Thursday March 30, 2006

Irv Popkin, of Mt. Lebanon, battled sales resistance when he worked as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman.

In recent years he has fought an even tougher opponent: Parkinson’s disease. He has been able to use some of the lessons he learned from sales as an advocate and fund-raiser for a South Hills support group for those with the disease and as a founder of the Parkinson’s Disease Association of Greater Pittsburgh.

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Parkinson’s sidelines Rep. Evans

Wednesday March 22, 2006

Although Parkinson’s disease slurred his speech and made it difficult to perform even simple tasks like pouring a soda, U.S. Rep. Lane Evans had never been away from the Capitol for long because of the progressive disorder he has battled for more than a decade.

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