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Substantial Matters: Life & Science of Parkinson’s

Jan 24, 2023

Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects several automatically regulated bodily functions, such as digestion, bowel activity, sweating, and blood pressure control, together known as autonomic functions. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, is common in PD, and high blood pressure (hypertension) can also occur. They may be a...


Jan 10, 2023

Researchers are accumulating evidence about how the environment affects our health and our diseases – both our internal and external environments. A significant part of our internal environment is the gut microbiome, that is, the bacteria, fungi, and viruses that naturally inhabit our intestinal tracts. The external...


Dec 27, 2022

Adult children of a parent with Parkinson’s disease (PD) often want to help their parent but do not know how to begin. If they get involved early, they can detect changes that need to be addressed later on. A good first step is learning about the disease, its symptoms, treatment, and course. From there, they may want...


Dec 13, 2022

The news of a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be overwhelming. So many questions arise, including how it will change the person’s life, what lies ahead, and what to do first. Social workers can be a vital resource in helping a newly diagnosed person, care partner, and family navigate the road ahead, as well as provide...


Nov 29, 2022

Medical problems often do not follow a schedule, and it can be frustrating to get them addressed when the next doctor appointment is weeks or months away. It’s important to have a plan about what to do for support between clinic appointments. A good first step is to discuss the issue with your health care team and to...