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Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease. Neuro – from the Greek neuro (or Latin “nervus”) meaning the brain and the nervous system. Degenerative … as in headin’ south.  Like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Creutzfeldt-Jakob syndrome and, sadly, a bunch more, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is neither curable nor reversible.  It is chronic and will grow more troublesome as I age. PD will follow me Into that Good Night.

Bummer.

However, I remain hopeful that it will not hasten my shuffle off this mortal coil nor impede the years I have left because of the work a multitude of gifted researchers toiling in the field.  Yes, there are setbacks, disappointments, dead ends … and oodles of commensurately broken dreams and dead lab animals… but there is always something learned, which means that there is always hope.

Hope.

So, Dear Reader, on this page — which will be updated regularly thanks to my Googling ways (I did spend a few years making documentaries after all) — you’ll find some of the latest news about clinical trials, trial balloons and advances in PD research.  While I firmly believe that all knowledge is power, any sentient being who is even moderately abreast of current events is depressed enough regardless of their health. So, the only news you’ll find here is that of the promising variety. I’ll wait for the knowledge gleaned by wrong turns in research to yield something positive before sharing it here.

Read on, Dear Reader, read on. If this be the food of hope, read on.  And join me and my fellow twitchers in our shaky, but promising and chipper, walk through life. Click here to read my Parkie Posts. 

Thank you.


Boosting brain’s waste disposal system may slow neurodegenerative diseases

Cellular Dynamics announces partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research to provide resources for developing new therapies

Cellular Dynamics, Michael J. Fox Foundation join on Parkinson’s research

Physical activity halves the risk of Parkinson’s disease

Researchers investigate phototherapy for Parkinson’s disease

Researchers identify out of control immune system linked to neurodegenerative diseases

Parkinson’s cell transplant shows good reinnervation at 24 years

Zambon introduces Xadago in UK to treat Parkinson’s disease

BREAKTHROUGH: Brain ‘cleaning’ revelation could combat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

Living Cell Technologies’ NTCELL Demonstrates Continued Reversal of Parkinson’s Disease

Metabolite of multiple sclerosis drug could be safe, effective therapy for Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease research spawns Novato stem-cell startup

Pitt researchers Ònd key to Parkinson’s disease neurodegeneration

Johns Hopkins researchers reveal novel protein and involvement in Parkinson’s disease

Penn students’ start-up XEED puts wearables to work against Parkinson’s disease

Signs You Might Have A “Leaky Brain” + What To Do About It

New model recreates early spread of Parkinson’s disease in the brain

Scientists create ‘Minibrains’ to research Parkinson’s disease

Indicators of Parkinson’s disease found in fat tissue

The essay from which our twitch gets its name.

Research provides new understanding of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and opens path to treatment

Parkinson’s Therapy Gets Fresh Look From Device Makers

UNMC Scientists Reach “Milestone” In Parkinson’s Disease Research

Non-invasive brain stimulation shows potential to treat Parkinson’s 

Parkinson’s is Partly an Autoimmune Disease, Study Finds

Immune response linked to Parkinson’s disease

Is Parkinson’s A Prion Disease?

A ‘Key Factor’ in development of Parkinson’s Disease Identified

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