Parkinson's & Movement Disorders
Created:   7/21/2009
Contains:  160 items
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Exercise for Everyone

Avitzur, Orly

Neurology Now . 10(1):24-27, February/March 2014.

From competitive sports to gentle exercises, people with neurologic conditions are finding creative ways to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors. Here, Neurology Now profiles the many ways—swimming, biking, dance, wheelchair rugby—to keep your mind and body healthy after a neurologic diagnosis.

Showing Up as Michael J. Fox

Gora, Susannah

Neurology Now . 9(6):24-26, December/January 2013.

By returning to the small screen, actor Michael J. Fox tells Neurology Now that he wants to “put out a message of reach for your goals and don't be intimidated by your diagnosis… I said I can still do this.” Here, Fox discusses another new role: host of the AAN Patient Video: Parkinson's Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families.

Picture the Brain: New brain-imaging techniques provide better ways to diagnose and treat neurologic conditions.

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now . 9(5):28-30, October/November 2013.

Until the last couple of decades, neurologists could only observe the consequences of Alzheimer's disease (AD)—and then examine the brain at autopsy. Today, a variety of brain-imaging techniques are providing neurologists with vivid pictures of the brain at work. In turn, these images are opening up new ways to diagnose and treat AD and many other neurologic conditions.

Not Just Tremor: Recognizing depression and other non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now . 8(6):22-27, December-january 2012.

Parkinson's disease (PD) is commonly associated with visible motor symptoms—tremor, slow movement, and rigidity. But its many non-motor symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, may be harder to detect. “Patients and caregivers feel the burden of these non-motor symptoms,” says Dr. Christopher G. Goetz. Read on for more information about the non-motor symptoms of PD, treatment options, and emerging research.

Rocket Man: Astronaut Rich Clifford's journey with Parkinson's disease.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 8(2):18-24, April/May 2012.

Former astronaut Michael “Rich” Clifford was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in 1994 during the early stages of the disease, but it didn't prevent him from climbing aboard the shuttle Atlantis and rocketing off into space for the third time. “Don't let PD drive what you want to do,” Clifford says. “Remember that you're in charge of your future.”

Outfoxing Parkinson's: Michael J. Fox's personal, heroic quest.

Gora, Susannah

Neurology Now . 7(6):14-19, December/January 2011.

In the 1980s, his name was synonymous with teenage heartthrob. Now, Michael J. Fox is channeling his fame—and unrelenting charm—into activism. Soon after being diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease, at age 30, he started The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Join the Cause: How to become an advocate for yourself and others.

Wolf, Catherine G.

Neurology Now . 7(5):32-36, October/November 2011.

Being diagnosed with a neurologic disorder sometimes causes people to withdraw from the world, but the men and women we profile here have learned to use their illness as a call to action. How? By becoming patient- and caregiver-advocates. Cathy Wolf speaks from personal experience about how and why she took the big step—from ALS patient to advocate—and offers advice for advocates-in-training.

An Ounce of Early Intervention: Can early treatment of neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease slow disease progression?

Gordon, Debra

Neurology Now . 7(2):27-30, April/May 2011.

When it comes to neurologic disorders like multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's disease, early intervention can make a big difference. In the case of MS, early treatment may even alter the course of the disease, in addition to alleviating symptoms.

Essential Facts about Essential Tremor: This “quiet” disease, which affects 10 million Americans, is anything but benign.

STEPHENS, STEPHANIE

Neurology Now . 7(1):21-23,27, February/March 2011.

Stephen remillard is one of 10 million Americans with essential tremor. “unless people are diagnosed we can't help them,” says Catherine rice of the International essential Tremor foundation. “You may lull yourself into thinking, ‘It isn't life-threatening,’ but I know 10 more people who can't write, feed, bathe, or dress themselves.”

Walk This Way

PATUREL, AMY

Neurology Now . 6(3):23-27, May/June 2010.

Problems with gait (how a person walks) are pervasive across neurologic disease. While the area of the brain that's affected may differ depending on whether a person has Parkinson's disease, stroke, or multiple sclerosis, the end result is the same: a loss of mobility and independence. But treadmill training can get you moving again.

Depression and Resilience

COOPER, ANDREA

Neurology Now . 6(2):18-25, March/April 2010.

Depression is a frequent companion of both neurological disease and caregiving, but there are effective ways to treat this common condition. “Treated vigorously enough, the vast majority of people will get better,” says Peter Kramer, M.D. Read on for the lowdown on feeling low—and information on how to boost your resilience in the face of life's challenges.

Of Mice and Humans

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now . 6(1):23-25, January/February 2010.

Animal research has been instrumental in developing treatments for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, stroke, and other neurological disorders. But some animal rights organizations are pushing to have animals given the same legal standing as humans, which would effectively ban all animal research since animals cannot give “informed consent.”

In the Family

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now . 6(1):16-19, January/February 2010.

Over the last 30 years, David Iverson has written and supervised production of more than 25 documentaries airing on PBS. His 2009 Frontline film, My Father, My Brother, and Me, chronicles his family's experience with Parkinson's disease and looks at some of the promising directions in research.

Driving advice for people with epilepsy, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's, and their families.

Wilner, Andrew

Neurology Now . 4(4):17,18,23, July/August 2008.

Many people with neurological conditions—such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease face driving challenges. However, regular driving assessments, treatment of those conditions, and access to alternative modes of transportation can help ensure that people retain their independence without endangering themselves or others.

Healing Touch

HAUPT, JENNIFER

Neurology Now . 4(3):26-28,30, May/June 2008.

Research shows that people who suffer with multiple sclerosis (MS)—as well as migraine headaches, Parkinson's disease, and HIV-related neuropathy—may experience benefits from massage therapy. “Healing Touch” discusses how massage can help people with neurological conditions, when massage should not be used, and how to find a good massage therapist.

Home on Ice

FARLEY, TODD

Neurology Now . 4(1):28-29, January/February 2008.

After getting treatment for cervical dystonia, professional ice hockey player Rem Murray is back where he belongs. And to help raise awareness of this “poorly understood, underappreciated, and undiagnosed” disease, Murray has established the “Reaching Your Goals” campain with the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. (dystonia-foundation.org).

The Patient Revolution

CAJIGAL, STEPHANIE

Neurology Now . 4(1):23-26, January/February 2008.

Becoming a patient advocate empowers you to help others, and yourself. “A cure would be nice,” says Parkinson's advocate Jackie Hunt Christensen, “but what I really am working toward is preventing other people from getting the disease.” Stephanie Cajigal profiles a truly inspiring group of people and offers tips on how to become an advocate.

Unchained By Melody

COOPER, ANDREA

Neurology Now . 4(1):16-19, January/February 2008.

To say that Oliver Sacks, M.D., is one of the best-known doctors in the world doesn't do him justice. The author of numerous New York Times bestsellers—including Awakenings, which inspired the movie with Robin Williams and Robert De Niro —Dr. Sacks is a rock star among neurologists. In his latest book, he reflects on the powerful role of music in the lives of people with neurological disorders, including his own.

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