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Kickin' Parkinson's
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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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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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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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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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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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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Stephen Bergenholtz of West Seattle, Washington is committed to living well with Parkinson’s. Here, he shares how he made adjustments in his lifestyle and mindset to overcome the loss of motivation associated with his Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease (PD) made me lazy, I told myself as I wallowed in lassitude for years after my diagnosis. The...
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In 1959, Margaret Bourke-White — the first female photojournalist accredited to cover World War II combat zones — courageously detailed her experience being diagnosed and living with Parkinson’s disease in LIFE Magazine. To commemorate the woman who photographed the cover image on the inaugural issue of the magazine, TIME recently featured Bourke-White’s story and photographs...
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Editor’s Note: For more Foundation news, research updates and tips on living well with Parkinson’s, read the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of The Fox Focus, our biannual newsletter. Sue Lifschiz of Santa Rosa, California was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2002 at age 65. While her uncle also had the disease, it wasn’t until one...
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) joins the Parkinson’s community worldwide in mourning the untimely loss of an active leader and a good friend, Tom Isaacs, president of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, which he co-founded in 2005. Tom passed away unexpectedly on May 31 at age 49. “Tom’s passion, determination and hard work on behalf...
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