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Although Parkinson’s is typically diagnosed around age 60 or later, symptoms can start at 50 years old or earlier. If that occurs, it’s referred to as young-onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). Estimates vary, but about 10 percent of people with Parkinson’s may fall into this category. While the range of potential symptoms and treatment options are...
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While many who join Team Fox run marathons and scale peaks to raise funds for Parkinson’s research, other members across the globe find imaginative, resourceful ways to turn their passions into opportunities to help advance a cure. Husband and wife team Tonya and Chad Walker are two such Team Fox members. Together, they’ve created events...
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Could Parkinson’s disease be an autoimmune disorder? A recent study from Columbia University revealed a possible link between the immune system — the body’s defense system against disease — and alpha-synuclein, the sticky protein that clumps in the cells of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)-funded researchers published in the scientific...
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The Tour de Fox Series is comprised of four cycling events that bring together the Parkinson’s community with a goal of raising over $1 million for Parkinson’s research. Coming off the heels of the successful Tour de Fox Pacific Northwest, the Foundation is busy preparing for upcoming rides in Cleveland (Ohio), Santa Rosa (California) and...
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This summer, many of us are looking forward to our annual favorites: going to the beach, barbequing, and vacationing with family and friends. But did you know that August is an ideal time to meet with your elected officials? Every August, Congress goes on recess so that legislators can leave Capitol Hill and head to...
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A new tool from researchers at Harvard Medical School may allow investigators to predict cognitive decline in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), which could help design clinical trials and test new therapies. The tool uses an algorithm combining varied personal details — age at onset, baseline score on the Mini Mental State Examination, years of...
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In this blog, Maria De Leon, MD, a person living with Parkinson’s and a retired movement disorder specialist from Texas, shares her thoughts on the health care reform proposal recently introduced in the Senate. Maria has advocated on Capitol Hill and in her community for many years. Join her in advocacy by contacting your senators...
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Many people with Parkinson’s are anxiously awaiting better treatments for their symptoms, and everyone with the disease is hoping for a therapy to slow or stop its progression. So the decade or more it takes to move a drug from discovery of a new compound to patients’ hands is frustratingly long. Enter repurposing — a...
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Update: The president signed the FY 2017 budget proposal into law on May 5, 2017. Earlier this week, Congress reached a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget deal. The federal budget, which must be renewed annually, provides money to many areas of the government, including defense, education, transportation and health. This year, the deal includes increased...
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Just in time for Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April, AARP The Magazine featured Michael J. Fox on the cover of their April/May issue. Michael discussed the range of emotions he has experienced in the 26 years since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the strength and support of his family, internalizing misconceptions of the...
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