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Parkinson's Disease: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
The Earliest Signs of Parkinson's - Years Ahead
Parkinson's disease is characterized by hallmark motor symptoms but there are premotor symptoms that can present years prior and include constipation, sleep disorder, depression and olfactory dysfunction.
Other Than Tremor, What are the Symptoms of...
Parkinson's disease is a complicated disease and the features of this illness span many different body systems resulting in diverse range of symptoms.
The 10 Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s...
PD is a brain disorder involving loss of the chemical messenger dopamine. It is a progressive disorder, meaning that it typically gets worse over the years. Dopamine normally controls muscle activity so PD primarily affects movement. Its three cardinal signs are tremor (trembling which usually starts in one hand), rigidity in the trunk or limbs and slowness of movement.
If not Parkinson's disease, what could it be?
A tremor isn't always due to Parkinson's disease. There are many other conditions to consider and certain atypical features that may indicate other forms of Parkinsonism.
Your Guide to Parkinson's Medications
This guide to Parkinson's medications will help you learn about the different medications that are available for controlling the symptoms of this incurable disease.
Why Parkinson's Disease Can Cause Speech Problems
Learn about the causes of speech problems in Parkinson's disease, and find out what treatments, like Lee Silverman voice treatments, can do to help.
What Does it Take to Diagnose Parkinson's...
Diagnosing Parkinson's disease is a complex process of documenting symptoms, physical examination and sometimes neuroimaging or other tests.
The Many Types of Pain in Parkinson's Disease
There was a time when pain was not thought to be a part of Parkinson's but unfortunately it is a real phenomena and can stem from many sources.
The Physical Exam in Parkinson's - What Your...
Other than symptoms, physicians also get valuable information from their physical examination when trying to diagnose Parkinson's disease.
Masked Facies
a brief definition of. Parkinson's Disease.
Sleep Problems and Parkinson's Disease
Learn about how Parkinson's disease affects your sleep, from REM behavior disorder to insomnia.
Your Guide To Parkinson's Diagnosis
The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can be a complex process. This group of articles from a physician and patient perspective assists in its understanding.
Dopamine Medications for Parkinson's Disease
Medications that increase the level of dopamine in the brain are the most popular treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Read more about drug therapies here.
Cogwheeling
A brief definition of cogwheeling motion in patients afflicted with Parkinson's disease.
What Causes the Resting Tremor in Parkinson's...
While doctors are not completely sure what causes the resting tremor in Parkinson's disease, it is believed that lowered dopamine levels in the brain cause it to become unable to control movements.
On-Off Phenomenon
A brief definition of the on-off phenomenon.
Bradykinesia
Slow movement. Parkinson's Disease.
Scan Me - Do I have Parkinson's disease?
Although there is no definitive test for Parkinson's, the role of neuroimaging in Parkinson's is discussed.
Rigidity
What is Rigidity? Parkinson's Disease.
Role of Your Neurologist and Members of Your...
Learn the right questions to ask when looking for the best neurologist to work with you.
Young Onset vs. Late Onset Parkinson's Disease
Although there are many similarities between all patients diagnosed with Parkinson's, there are some unique challenges that those with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease face.
10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Parkinson's...
Medications are an inevitable part of managing Parkinson's disease. Here are 10 tips to help you optimize your medications and improve your quality of life.
Dystonia vs. Dyskinesia
Managing Parkinson's requires a delicate balance between medications and side effects. Clarification between dystonia and dyskinesia is important.
The Complex Etiology of Parkinson's Disease
We think of Parkinson's as being the result of low dopamine levels but it's more complicated resulting in a more complete understanding of the disease.
Will My Children Inherit Parkinson's Disease?
If you have Parkinson's Disease, does that mean your children will inherit it too? Find out whether Parkinson's disease is hereditary.
How to Tell If You’re at Risk for...
Factors that indicate a person's risk for Parkinson's disease include age, gender, genetics, exposire to toxins, and other factors. Learn more about the risk factors for Parkinson's disease here.
Drooling and Excess Saliva in Parkinson's Disease
Find out why people with Parkinson's disease have excess saliva and drool, and what can be done to help.
Mood and Memory Changes in Parkinson's Disease
Find out how and why Parkinson's disease affects your memory and mood.
Managing the Stress of Parkinson's - 5 Things...
Just as there are productive ways of managing the stress that the challenges of Parkinson's brings, there are destructive habits as well that you need to identify.
Weight Loss in Parkinson's Disease
Find out why some Parkinson's patients find that they lose weight unexpectedly.
Diet in Early Stages of PD
Find out what foods are rich in antioxidants and how to include them in your diet.
Dopamine Replacement Therapy in Parkinson's...
Since it's development decades ago, levodopa continues to be the gold standard of treatment for Parkinson's disease, improving motor symptoms and functioning.
Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
Some of the most troubling symptoms of PD are the non-motor symptoms such as mental and behavioral changes, sleep problems and mood problems.
Why and How Parkinson's Disease Affects Sexual...
Learn about sexual problems in Parkinson's disease, what causes them, and what can be done.
Postural Instability
A brief definition of postural instability.
Can I Drive With Parkinson's Disease?
People with Parkinson's disease are still able to drive, but you should keep in mind that certain symptoms may arise with PD that could make driving dangerous. To avoid accidents, monitor your symptoms to decide when to stop driving.
Biomarkers - Heralding a Brighter Future for...
There is no diagnostic test for Parkinson's disease. Biomarkers which are measurable indicators of disease will help in diagnosis, management and treatment of Parkinson's.
About Fatigue in Parkinson's Disease
Find out all about fatigue in Parkinson's disease, how it is diagnosed, and what you can do to cope with it.
Persistent Neck Pain in Women - Is It...
Neck pain in woman may be an early sign of Parkinson's disease.
How to Cope with Sexual Side Effects of...
Learn about sexual problems in Parkinson's disease, what causes them, and what can be done.
Urinary Incontinence in Parkinson's Disease
People with Parkinson's disease may have to deal with urinary incontinence. Find out what you can do about urinary incontinence here.
Mood Disorders in Parkinson's Disease
Mood disorders are more prevalent in the Parkinson's community and are sometimes difficult to diagnose. But early management is key when considering quality of life.
Other Medications Used in the Treatment of...
This article discusses other medications available for treating Parkinson's including COMT inhibitors, amantadine, anticholinergics and cholinesterase inhibitors.
Essential Tremor
A brief explanation of essential tremor and why it is different from Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's Disease and Visual Disturbances
Parkinson's disease can cause visual disturbances.
A General Approach To Managing Your Parkinson's...
Parkinson's disease and its many effects can be approached with a general management strategy in order to optimize your quality of life.
Talking To Kids About Parkinson's Disease
Talking to children about Parkinson's disease can help allay some of the natural fears they may have about the changes they witness. Here are some guidelines for talking to young children.
Is There a Parkinsonian Personality?
(PD). Many experts on PD, including spouses of persons with PD, claim that persons with PD develop certain
The Challenge of Managing Parkinson's Disease
The challenges of managing Parkinson's Disease are discussed as well as the importance of accurate diagnosis
Pesticides and Parkinson's Disease
A recent study conducted by researchers at UCLA looked at a group of patients with Parkinson's Disease compared to a control group and investigated their levels
Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
Learn about different drug therapies, surgical treatments, and physical treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease.
Is There a Parkinson's Disease Cure?
Find out what can be done about Parkinson's disease.
Exercise to Help Your Parkinson's Disease
Find out how exercise will benefit people with Parkinson's and what you should do.
Treating Pain in Parkinson's Disease
Pain is a very real and potentially debilitating symptom in Parkinson's disease. It must be addressed through non-pharmacologic and medical interventions to optimize quality of life.
Over-the-Counter Pain Remedies and Parkinson&#8...
Find out what causes pain in Parkinson's disease, what you can do to alleviate your pain, and what over-the counter pain medications are best.
Managing the Symptoms of Parkinson's
Recognizing and treating symptoms of Parkinson's
Dealing With Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's
Sleep disorders are common in Parkinson's and significantly affect quality of life. Here are some guidelines to help you get a better night's rest.
What Is Fatigue?
Find out why people get fatigued with Parkinson's disease.
Depression in Parkinson's - Not Always An Easy...
There are many reasons diagnosing depression in Parkinson's disease can be difficult including the overlap of symptoms, the under-reporting of mood issues and the perceived stigma attached to mental disorders as well as PD.
Dopamine Agonists in the Treatment of...
Dopamine agonists in treating Parkinson's - another group of medications, not without their limitations but can help manage symptoms. Learn more...
A Patient's Guide to Parkinson's Diagnosis
A Patient's Guide to Parkinson's Diagnosis
My PD Community
My PD Community
You Must Be An Active Participant!
You must be an active participant in the management of your Parkinson's disease.
Genetics Loads The Gun
For some genetics can play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease.
Facing Parkinson's Disease With Optimism
Given the fact that this is a chronic, progressive disease, Parkinson's is a stressful diagnosis to receive. The diagnosis is not within your control but your outlook is.
Your Guide To Parkinson's Clinical Trials
Without your participation in clinical trials, better treatments for Parkinson's disease and ultimately a cure will never be found. Learn all about the process of becoming involved.
Genetics Testing in Parkinson's Disease
Whether or not to undergo genetics testing when faced with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is a very personal decision and this information may provide you with information that will allow you to make an educated choice.
Welcome!
Welcome from the new Parkinson's Disease contributor.
Do Only Old People Get Parkinson's Disease?
Learn what age groups can develop Parkinson's disease.
5 Tips to Help You Cope With Parkinson's Disease
Stress is an inevitable accompaniment to a diagnosis such as Parkinson's disease. There are habits that you can adopt to help manage that stress.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
Find out how Lee Silverman Voice Treatment can help speech and language problems in Parkinson's disease.
The Goal in Parkinson's Disease? Quality of Life!
The goal of treating Parkinson's disease must be quality of life and needs to be the main priority of patients and medical professionals alike.
Stiff Shoulder Syndrome: Is it Parkinson’s?
If you've been feeling stiffness in your shoulders, find out whether it might be related to your Parkinson's Disease
When You Have Just Been Diagnosed With...
Some tips and suggestions on what to do when you have just been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Do not let PD define who you are.
How and When to Tell Your Boss and Coworkers...
Learn how to go about telling your boss and coworkers about your Parkinson's disease, and what options are available to you as a worker.
Micrographia
A brief definition of micrographia.
MAO - B Inhibitors in the Treatment of...
MAO - B inhibitors play a role in the treatment of Parkinson's disease either on their own or in combination with other medications.
Parkinson's Disease Can Cause Awkward Situations
Parkinson's disease can cause awkward situations in every day life. Here are some helpful tips on how to handle those situations.
The Gastrointestinal Effects of Parkinson's...
Find out what the gastrointestinal effect of Parkinson's disease can be.
Managing Your Diet When You Have Parkinson's...
Find out all about how your Parkinson's affects your weight, what foods and nutrients you need, and what you should to to manage your diet.
Impact of Parkinson’s Disease on...
Find out how to deal with the effects Parkinson's disease might have on your relationship with your spouse, family, friends, and yourself.
The Pros and Cons of Deep Brain Stimulation
If you are considering deep brain stimulation as a treatment for Parkinson's disease, you should know the risks and benefits
Protein and Parkinson's Medications
Find out how protein interacts with levodopa medications for Parkinson's disease, and how to manage the protein in your diet so that it does not change the effectiveness of your medication.
List of Parkinson's Drugs and Their Generic Names
A list of the generic names of popular Parkinson's disease drugs.
On Family Care of the Individual with...
Caregiving for a family member with Parkinson's disease can be very stressful. Read about what resources are available to caregivers.
What Causes Impulse Control Disorders and Who...
Find out what causes Parkinson's patients to find trouble controlling impulsive behaviors like gambling, sex, spending, and eating.
The Pace of Innovation in Treatment of...
Looking at the history of the development of treatments for Parkinson's disease, there is hope that new treatments will continue to emerge that slow the progression of PD.
Who Is At Risk For Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's disease can affect anyone at any stage of life but there are certain risk factors that have been associated with the development of this illness.
Bradyphrenia
What is bradyphrenia? Parkinson's Disease.
Lewy Bodies
A brief definition of Lewy bodies
Parkinson's Disease
A brief definition of Parkinson's Disease.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine...
Find out what alternative medicine therapies can help you live with Parkinson's disease.
Where To Get Reliable Information on Parkinson'...
The internet can serve as a readily accessible resource of information however finding reliable and trustworthy sources can be difficult. Here is a list of informative sites.
Is Parkinson's Disease Caused by a Virus? Is It...
Find out whether Parkinson's disease is caused by a virus.
What Kinds of Behaviors Can Become Impulsive...
Find out what behaviors may become compulsive when you are taking medications for Parkinson's disease.
Treating Mood Disorders in Parkinson's Disease
Mood disorders are fairly common in those affected by Parkinson's disease and must be identified and treated in order to improve quality of life.
Freezing
: Almost half of the population of people with Parkinson's disease experience a sudden inability to move
How Antioxidants Affect Parkinson's Disease
Neuroprotective therapies hold promise for slowing progression of Parkinson's disease because they can protect the cells that produce dopamine. Here is a summary of existing and upcoming neuroprotective therapies for PD.
What is Deep Brain Stimulation?
What is deep braim stimulation (DBS)?
Improving Mood and Memory in People With...
Cognitive rehabilitation can help you with mood, memory, and thinking problems caused by Parkinson's Disease.
Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT Scan)
A brief definition of Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT scan).
Treatment of Dyskinesias and Motor Fluctuations
Find out how dyskinesias are treated.
Tremor
A brief definition of tremor. Parkinson's Disease.
Dyskinesia
A brief definition of dyskinesia.
Changes That Need to Be Made to the Home When...
Find out what changes need to be made to your home to make it more accessible to someone with Parkinson's disease.
Walking the Tightrope of Caring for Someone...
Being a caregiver is stressful. Find out about caregiver stress and what you can do about it.
Multiple System Atrophy
A brief definition of Multiple System Atrophy.
Dealing with the Emotional Challenges of...
A Parkinson's disease diagnosis is very emotionally challenging. What can you do to cope?
Impulse Control Disorder
A brief definition of impulse control disorders.
Why Parkinson's Patients Accomplish Famous...
Personality correlates of Parkinson's disease can create the right setting for creativity and success. Find out how people with Parkinson's disease achieve great success.
Becoming Educated About Your Parkinson's is Key
Becoming educated about your Parkinson's - what are the symptoms, how medications work and possible side effects of treatment - is vital to optimal management.
Activities of Daily Living
These are the mundane activities we perform each day (e.g., dressing, bathing, cooking, paying bills, eating, toileting, shopping, walking from one room to another, talking with others, leisure activities etc).
How to Deal With the Effects of Parkinson's...
Find out how to deal with the effects Parkinson's disease might have on your relationship with your spouse, family, friends, and yourself. Page 2.
The Emotional Challenges of Children Whose...
Young children of people with Parkinson's disease face a unique set of emotional challenges.
Tips for Managing All of Your Parkinson’s...
Learn strategies to manage your medications properly, how to deal with pharmacies, and the wearing-on and wearing-off of medications.
Central Pain in Parkinson's Disease
Find out about central pain and Parkinson's disease.
What Is the Placebo Effect?
A brief definition of the placebo effect.
Getting Help Through and at Your Workplace
Learn what options are available to employees who have Parkinson's disease. Page 2.
How To Find Clinical Trials in Parkinson's...
Clinical trial recruitment in Parkinson's research delays the development of new treatments. But there are resources that help patients connect with the right study.
Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale
Find out what the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) is.
Why Participate in Clinical Trials for...
As patients we are key to successful Parkinson's research. Without us better treatments and a cure will not be found - the importance of clinical trials.
Disinhibition
When a previously suppressed behavior or function is allowed to surface or function because some other behavior or function that had been preventing its emergence is now no longer doing so.
Build Your Support Team
Living well with Parkinson's Disease and optimizing management requires a team approach with a variety of medical and wellness professionals.
Resting Tremor
What is Resting Tremor? Parkinson's Disease.
Hoehn and Yahr Stages
Learn about the Hoehn and Yahr Stages.
Family Care of the Individual with Parkinson's...
Caring for a family member with Parkinson's disease can be very stressful and can take its toll on the health of the caregiver. Here is some information on the stress associated with family caregiving. Page 2.
Carbidopa
Carbidopa is a drug that prevents the nausea and vomiting sometimes associated with levodopa. 'Sinemet' combines carbidopa with levodopa in one tablet. Usually dose of each drug is given as a ratio with carbidopa on top and levodopa on bottom. So a dose of 25/100 would indicate 25 milligrams of carbidopa and 100 milligrams of levodopa.
Alternative Medicine for Pain in Parkinson's...
Find out what alternative medicine therapies can help alleviate the pain associated with Parkinson's disease.
Sinemet
A brief description of the drug Sinemet
Speech and Voice in Parkinson's Disease
Speech therapy can help not just speech, but several functions in people with Parkinson's disease.
Support for Caregivers of People with...
Resources for the caregivers of people with Parkinson's disease can be hard to find.
Parkinson's and Supplements
Find out what dietary supplements may be beneficial to people with Parkinson's disease.
Dressing Well Despite Parkinson's Disease
Tips on how to make getting dressed easier when you have Parkinson's disease.
Treatments for the Emotional Challenge of...
Find out the ways that your doctor can help treat depression in Parkinson's disease.
Things You Need to Know About the Informed...
Find out what you need to know about the informed consent profess for clinical trials of Parkinson's disease treatments.
Should I Get a Nutritionist?
Find out if and why you should get a nutritionist to help with your diet when you have Parkinson's disease.
How Placebos Are Used in Clinical Trials
Find out how placebos are used in clinical trials.
Helpful Guide to the Language of Clinical...
When you enter the world of clinical research for Parkinson's or any other condition, it is important to understand the terms that are being used to describe the details of the clinical trial.
Gastrointestinal Complications in Parkinson's...
Find out what dietary problems may come up in mid to late stages of Parkinson's disease and how to cope with them.
Can Parkinson’s Disease be Cured? Clues...
Find out how genes effect Parkinson's disease, and how research might use genetics to find a cure.
The Parkinson's Drug Development Process
The journey of a drug or intervention to help treat Parkinson's disease is a long and complicated one. Learn how a new medication gets to the pharmacy shelf.
Neuron
A brief definition of the term neuron.
Dopamine
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter or brain chemical that is depleted in Parkinson's Disease. Most drugs that relieve Parkinson symptoms work by increasing doapmine levels in the brain.
Tips for Traveling With Parkinson's Disease
Tips for travel and vacationing with Parkinson's Disease.
Pope John Paul II and Parkinson's Disease
A profile of Pope John Paul II's Parkinson's Disease.
Dopamine Agonist
Antiparkinsonian drugs that stimulate the receptors of the brain’s naturally produced dopamine.
Apathy
What is apathy, and how does Parkinson's affect feelings of apathy?
National Institute of Neurological Disorders...
A brief definition of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Clinical Trials
A clinical trial is a test of a new drug or treatment to evaluate its effectiveness and safety. Often clinical trials are run by the big drug companies with hundreds of participants and dozens of study sites around the country. Clinical trials are by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before a new drug or treatment can be put on the market.
The Pros and Cons of Participating in a...
Like any decision, whether or not you participate in a Parkinson's clinical trial requires careful consideration of the pros and cons as they relate to a particular study.
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