Blog Archives: Research

Nurse Faculty Scholars to Join PDF Team at 4th World Parkinson Congress

Are you planning to attend the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR? This global event brings together people with Parkinson’s, care partners, scientists and health professionals. PDF will be there from Tuesday, September 20 through Friday September 23 with members of our team working to end Parkinson’s — leaders in research, health care and the patient community. We are excited that the PDF team includes 15 of our talented nurse educators — all Scholars from The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at PDF. Many of our nurse Scholars are presenting posters on their research to advance PD… read more Read More

Managing Constipation in PD: Visiting Nurse Notes with Dr. Jean MacFadyen

Is constipation the most disabling symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD)? It may be surprising, but many people with PD report to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) that the most bothersome aspects of their disease aren’t tremor or stiffness, but instead are nonmotor symptoms such as constipation and fatigue. Luckily, researchers are starting to better understand these symptoms and nurses such as Jean S. MacFadyen, Ph.D., R.N., a 2011 Scholar of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (EJS-VNF) at PDF are helping people with Parkinson’s to learn about and manage them. We sat down with Dr. MacFadyen to learn about her experience… read more Read More

Can Occupational and Physical Therapy Help in Early Parkinson’s?

Earlier this year, a controversial study about physical and occupational therapy and Parkinson’s disease (PD) was published in JAMA Neurology. In contrast to other scientific studies, which have found both types of therapy to be beneficial for people with PD, this one found that the therapies were not. Why is there a discrepancy? Many health leaders expressed concern that the study wasn’t a good measurement, both because it only involved a “low dose” program (just four sessions over the course of two months) and because the  sessions didn’t offer “best practice” therapy. What’s the real story about physical therapy (PT)… read more Read More

Back to Basics: New Drug for Dyskinesias in Clinical Trials

Do you or a loved one experience dyskinesias as part of Parkinson’s disease (PD)? The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) has exciting news that may affect those of you who experience levodopa-induced dyskinesias (LIDs), the twisting and writhing movements that occur when people take levodopa. A few months ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan drug status to an experimental PD medication called eltoprazine, which is designed to ease LIDs. This status acknowledges that the drug fills an important unmet need (if approved, it would be the first drug available to treat LIDs) and may allow the drug to become available… read more Read More

Teaming Up to Fund Research: Q&A with Alan Zimmerman

“Can’t” isn’t part of Alan Zimmerman’s vocabulary. That’s why he is on a mission to end Parkinson’s disease, along with an enthusiastic team.  This month, he and fellow members of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC) are launching a special team fundraiser to support PDF research programs. Their goal? Raise $25,000 to support PDF’s Community Choice Research Awards, which support research into unmet needs in PD that are identified by the community. Hear from Alan, known by friends as “Z man,” about why he’s excited to work with his PPAC team to make a difference.

May We Have This Dance?

When was the last time you danced? In recent years, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) has seen growing popularity and availability of dance programs designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease. In fact, the trend was discussed a few weeks ago in a National Public Radio segment. Have you or a patient or a loved one tried dance classes for PD? If not, what should you know and how can you find a class? Let’s explore the answers. And don’t miss our video, “A Celebration of Movement,” which may leave you inspired to get up and dance.