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What's Hot in PD? The Not So Hidden Viruses in the Parkinson Disease Microbiome

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Friday, October 5, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

The microbiome is a hot topic in Parkinson’s disease (PD). The microbiome is the network of microorganisms, along with viruses and bacteria, that help the body stay healthy. In the PD community, when we talk about the microbiome, we’re referring to the bacteria found in the gut. Leading experts have suggested that the microbiome has a potential role in the pathogenesis (way a disease develops) and in the treatment of Parkinson’s.

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What’s Hot in PD? Tips for Patients and Families on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dizziness, Vertigo and Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Though dizziness and vertigo have been commonly reported in the setting of Parkinson’s disease (PD), the diagnosis may be missed and treatment may not be optimal. The terms dizziness and vertigo can be defined in many ways. Most experts agree that the terms refer to a sensation of spinning or whirling and that the sensation has been frequently associated with balance problems.

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Tips from the Pros: Maintaining Cognitive Brain Health in Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Monday, July 2, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Maintaining cognitive brain health is a high priority for both people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and family members. Though many living with Parkinson’s will not develop dementia, mild cognitive issues may emerge in 20 to 50 percent.

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What's Hot in PD?: What Are the New Therapies in Trial for Parkinson’s Disease?

Date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

We always advise patients to ask their doctor what’s new in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Recently, three leading experts at the Parkinson’s Foundation Center Leadership Conference reviewed the field and updated all attendees on several of the exciting therapies currently being tested by Albert Hung, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Irene Richard, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center; and Hubert Fernandez, MD, Cleveland Clinic.

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Anti-TNF Therapy: Could Inflammatory Bowel Disease Therapies Pave a Path to a Treatment for Parkinson’s?

Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A recent study by Inga and colleagues at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence in New York examined the incidence of Parkinson’s disease in inflammatory bowel disease patients.

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New Study Makes the Case for Parkinson’s-Specific Physiotherapy

Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Parkinson’s disease (PD) specialists have long debated the potential value of Parkinson’s-specific physical therapy. All great medical debates are usually settled by two factors: time and data. In this month’s What’s Hot, we review a paper recently published in Lancet Neurology (Ypinga 2018) that provides insight and data for whether people with Parkinson’s should begin or continue specialized physiotherapy.

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What's Hot in PD? Can Camicinal Improve Gastric Emptying and Absorption of Medications in Parkinson’s Disease?

Date: 
Friday, January 5, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Many people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) struggle with gastrointestinal issues. More specifically, the movements of the digestive system (known as gastrointestinal motility).

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What's Hot in PD? Update on the Use of Mucuna Pruriens for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Mucuna pruriens variant utilis (MP) has long been used as an alternative to over the counter levodopaThe medication most commonly given to control the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s, usually with carbidopa. It is converted in the brain into dopamine.. MP is a leguminous plant that grows in both tropical and subtropical environments.

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