Parkinson's Disease

Researchers declare Parkinson's patients given too many antipsychotics

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Canadian physicians are over-prescribing antipsychotics to Parkinson's disease patients in long-term care facilities, a new study finds.

The Muhammad Ali allure

The Muhammad Ali allure

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The first time I met Muhammad Ali was the most memorable. I wound up in his hotel room with a handful of others, watching him perform magic tricks as numerous jiggling young bombshells showered him with overindulgent praise.

Medical school launches Parkinson's telemedicine solution

Neurologists at University of Rochester Medical Center have created The Parkinson's Disease Care, New York (PDCNY) program as a virtual network for patients in the state.

Accidents can lead to progress

Accidents can lead to progress

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Ignaz Semmelweis, who died in ignominy and is largely forgotten, is responsible for one of our greatest healthcare discoveries.

New drug delivery system shows promise in managing Parkinson's

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Medical researchers say a new treatment could effectively combat the biggest obstacle in managing Parkinson's Disease - the difficulty in absorbing medications because of erratic muscles that control digestion.

Research app for Parkinson's patients launched

Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit biomedical research organization, and researchers have debuted Parkinson mPower, an iPhone app-based study of symptom variation in Parkinson's disease.

Expanding horizons to include telemedicine in skilled nursing facilities

Expanding horizons to include telemedicine in skilled nursing facilities

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the author described how hospitals are using interactive video to give patients more access to medical care. So why not nursing homes?

Misleading data on SNF margins threatens fruitful payment reform, Parkinson warns lawmakers

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Lawmakers may have an inaccurate understanding of skilled nursing facility margins based on outdated and partial information, the leader of the nation's largest nursing home organization is cautioning. American Health Care Association President and CEO Mark Parkinson sent a warning letter Monday to House and Senate leaders.

VA expands benefits for brain injury treatment

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Some veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries will have easier access to care through new regulations announced Friday by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Parkinson's disease, unprovoked seizures, some dementias, depression and hormone deficiency diseases related to several glands will be eligible for the expanded benefits. The regulations were set to be published in the Federal Register today.

Non-invasive brain stimulation improves speech, memory skills, research suggests

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A non-invasive brain stimulation technique shows promise in speeding speech recovery in stroke patients and improving memory and cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients, new research suggests.

MRI scan reveals cognitive decline in Parkinson's patients

An MRI scan that detects atrophy patterns in the brains of Alzheimer's patients also can reveal cognitive decline in Parkinson's patients, a new study finds. Investigators say this technology can predict which patients with Parkinson's disease will experience long-term cognitive decline or develop dementia in the future. About 4 in 5 Parkinson's patients typically develop dementia as the disease progresses. The study was published online in the journal Brain.

MRI scan predicts cognitive decline in Parkinson's patients, study finds

An MRI scan that detects atrophy patterns in the brains of Alzheimer's patients also can detect cognitive decline in Parkinson's patients, a new finds.

Deep brain stimulation holds promising results for Alzheimer's, study shows

Electrical stimulation appears to reverse some of the brain damage caused by Alzheimer's disease in people with early symptoms of the degenerative disorder, new research suggests.

Exercise programs help prevent falls in Parkinson's disease patients, study shows

Exercise programs are effective in preventing falls in individuals with Parkinson's disease, according to new research.