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"Wow," I Have Parkinson’s: Reactions to A Late Quartet and an Early Retirement

Last month, PDF hosted a special screening of the film, A Late Quartet in New York, NY, followed by a conversation with its Director, Yaron Zilberman, PDF Scientific Director Dr. Stanley Fahn and PDF Research Advocate Pam Quinn. If you haven’t yet heard of this film, which is produced by Entertainment One Films, it stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Christopher Walken as a string quartet struggling to stay together in the face of competing egos and … Parkinson’s disease. As you too often tell us, your neighbors and friends may not truly understand the disease.  So… read more Read More

Vascular parkinsonism

From James Beck, Ph.D., Director of Research Programs Recently, former President George H.W. Bush revealed in an interview with PARADE Magazine that he has vascular parkinsonism. While not meeting the criteria for true Parkinson’s disease (PD), vascular parkinsonism mimics many features of PD.  As its name implies, vascular parkinsonism is often due to problems with the vessels in the brain regions that control movement and small strokes are the primary cause.  Although small strokes will cumulatively worsen the symptoms of vascular parkinsonism, it is otherwise not considered a progressive neurodegenerative disease like PD. People with vascular parkinsonism often experience a “lower… read more Read More

Who Has Parkinson’s?

From James Beck Ph.D., Director of Research Programs When battling a disease of unknown origin, like Parkinson’s disease (PD), knowledge is power. Knowing something even as simple as the number of people living with the disease, or its prevalence, is very important. With Parkinson’s, knowledge of prevalence and incidence can help not only to appropriately advocate for scarce healthcare resources and research dollars but, when tied with other information like location, age, and gender, it can also shed light onto possible causes of the disease itself, e.g., environmental factors. However, determining the prevalence of PD is not simple. While some… read more Read More

Who Has Parkinson’s?

From James Beck Ph.D., Director of Research Programs When battling a disease of unknown origin, like Parkinson’s disease (PD), knowledge is power. Knowing something even as simple as the number of people living with the disease, or its prevalence, is very important. With Parkinson’s, knowledge of prevalence and incidence can help not only to appropriately advocate for scarce healthcare resources and research dollars but, when tied with other information like location, age, and gender, it can also shed light onto possible causes to the disease itself, e.g. environmental factors. However, determining the prevalence of PD is not simple. While some… read more Read More