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Your Weekly News Update for the Week of 4.22.19

Monday April 22, 2019
People with Parkinson’s Find Their Voices Again
with Help from Speech Therapists
Los Angeles Times
As Parkinson’s forces movements to get smaller, speech patterns change. Though the condition is progressive and has no cure yet, patients can gain back some control through their vocal exercises.
“I see hope,” speech therapist Lynn Gallandt says. “I see them starting to realize, ‘I have a voice again.’”
To learn more, visit parkinsonvoiceproject.org.
Seattle Dance for PD Class Featured,
sponsored by NW Parkinson's & STG Presents
Q13 Fox
"With every stretch and every breath, Nan Little finds strength.
'You can forgive yourself for what you're not able to do,' said Nan who is living with Parkinson's.
Dance for Parkinson's started locally in 2008 and offers free classes at 7 different locations across Western Washington for people living with Parkinson's. Organizers say by working with professional dancers, students are able to explore movement in a safe and creative environment."
Epigenetic Study Reveals Potential for
Earlier Treatment, Diagnosis of Parkinson's
ASU Now
Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. Parkinson's is determined both by genetic factors and environmental factors, making epigenetics an excellent area of study.
“It’s about 60% environmental — it’s much less genetic than many other neurodegenerative diseases,” Dunckley said. “It’s made of up of environmental interactions with the genome. One of the major ways that the environment acts with the genome is through epigenetics.”
Parkinson’s and Sleep
Parkinson's News Today
Excessive daytime sleepiness is one of the most frequent sleep disorder symptoms in Parkinson’s disease and can affect a patient’s quality of life. A new therapy from Theranexus is also currently being investigated in a Phase 2 clinical trial (2017-004475-31) to help with excessive daytime sleepiness.