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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

The LARGE PD Study Team

A few months back, Dr. James Beck, PDF’s Director of Research Programs attended the annual Movement Disorder Society annual meeting. Among the many scientific sessions and meetings, was a gathering of the team behind LARGE- PD, the Latin American Research Consortium on the Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease. Just today that team sent us a photo of that meeting – where they discussed their investigations into Parkinson’s and genetics in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. They are led in these efforts by Cyrus Zabetian, M.D., M.S., of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Learn more about this study

Notes from AAN 2011, Part II: Which Doctors Treat Parkinson’s?

From James Beck, Ph.D., Director of Research Programs As mentioned last week, this year the American Academy of Neurology held its annual convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, attracting nearly 7,000 neurologists and neuroscientists. I wanted to provide you with an update of interesting and new developments that were presented at the meeting last week, in particular, three studies which discussed whom people with living with Parkinson’s disease see for their care. #1-The first was a health economics presented by Marcy Tarrants, Ph.D., of Teva Neuroscience and her colleagues (presentation P01.087). This group examined the records of newly-filled prescriptions for people diagnosed… read more Read More