Monthly Archives: December 2015

Aspirin for Parkinson’s: What Does It Mean?

Can an aspirin a day treat Parkinson’s disease (PD)? Not exactly, but the idea made headlines a few weeks ago, after scientists discovered that a key ingredient of aspirin might have potential to block the loss of brain cells in neurological diseases like PD and Alzheimer’s. As with every science headline, PDF asks, “what does it mean for people with PD?” In this case, we asked Michael Schwarzschild, M.D., Ph.D., of MassGeneral Institute of Neurodegenerative Disease, a well-known PD scientist who has also studied aspirin and ibuprofen in relation to PD. Here are his insights.

From Kirk: Will You 2x Your Donation to PDF?

I’m a person living with Parkinson’s disease. Because of investment from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, I am also a trained Research Advocate and a member of the team ending PD. But we need your help. After my diagnosis in 2008, I wasn’t sure how to make a difference. But by training with PDF’s Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program, I realized that patient advocates have a critical role to play. Now I’m working on the front lines with PDF-funded researchers to solve, treat and end PD. But we need your donation to help our team, including Research Advocates like me, meet… read more Read More

Back to Basics: Why Basic Research (and the Fava Bean) are Key to the Cure

Do you hope for new treatments for PD? At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, we do. In fact, it’s the reason we exist. But how do we find them? And would you believe me if I told you the fava bean played an important role in the current gold-standard treatment for PD? When we think of finding better PD treatments, we often think of clinical trials — the final stage of research before PD drugs come to market. But there’s a crucial step at the very beginning of the pipeline that makes new drugs possible — basic science. Basic science looks… read more Read More

Employment with PD: Working it Out

“Will Parkinson’s disease impact my career? Will I still be able to work?” After a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, these are common yet difficult questions as individuals wonder how symptoms will progressively impact the future. Recently, well-known public figures, including professional athletes and elected officials, have put the issue of employment with PD back in the headlines. Last month, former Major League Baseball player Kirk Gibson, who announced his PD diagnosis just a few months ago, was back in the headlines as he interviewed for a new position with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Several news articles questioned whether his Parkinson’s disease… read more Read More

From Gwyn: 2x Your Donation to the Nurses Ending Parkinson’s Disease

I’m a nurse specializing in Parkinson’s disease. Because of investment from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, I’m helping to expand the team of nurses who can treat and end PD. And we need your help! A few years ago, as a nursing educator, I was troubled to see that we were leaving the next generation of nurses unprepared to care for people with Parkinson’s disease — in fact, the textbook included only one sentence on PD! But with PDF’s $600,000 investment in health care leaders — including training to prepare the next generation of nurses — this is changing.

From Rachel: Let’s Make #GivingTuesday about PDF

By PDF Champion Rachel Isenberg Today is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving that challenges the public to give back to a charity of choice. This #GivingTuesday, I’m asking you to help me raise awareness of PDF’s work to end Parkinson’s. I ask for your help because PDF’s work is close to my heart: my mother lives with Parkinson’s and my late grandfather also lived with the disease. For the past six years, I have completed a “summer challenge” to raise funds and awareness for PDF. I have scaled mountains, biked across states, and kayaked and ran in order to… read more Read More