Caffeine and Parkinson disease



A new clinical study published in the journal Parkinsonism and Related Disorders links higher caffeine consumption to slower development of Parkinson’s symptoms after diagnosis.

Following the progression of Parkinson’s, researchers studied the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms over 4 years in 79 people who had been newly diagnosed with the condition.

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PD Friendly Gardening


PD-Friendly Gardening  is a favorite summertime activity .Gardening is an enjoyable hobby but one which requires a good bit of planning if it is to be Parkinson’s-friendly. Here are many tips to make gardening as simple as possible for a person with PD. Picking your plants before you start digging and  spend some time thinking about what you would like to plant.

If you are partial to flowers, you may want to plant high-stemmed varieties so that you can sniff and cut them without bending to the ground. If vegetables are your interest, try to avoid selections that have to be dug up and that require kneeling, such as potatoes and carrots.

Separate the rows by at least 18 inches, so that you can tend to your crops without stumbling over them or falling. Remember that vegetables need frequent and abundant watering. Since standing for an extended period of time requires considerable stamina, it is advisable to purchase a soaker hose.

Place the hose alongside your walking path to avoid tripping, and wear waterproof footwear to keep your feet from getting wet and cramping. t at  If you don’t have the space or inclination to grow things outdoors, a window box of flowers or herbs may be a good choice. 

While you probably want to get started, there are a few things you should be thinking about before you break ground. When purchasing clippers and bulb planters, look for long-handled versions (two to three feet). These provide you with more control and eliminate the need to use a potentially-dangerous ladder.

Visit a local garden shop for a selection of long-handled tools, including One of your most important garden accessories is a pair of gloves that gives you a sturdy grip on tools while protecting your hands. To eliminate unnecessary trips to the tool shed, another useful accessory is the tool belt or apron. A mobile storage cart can fulfill the same function. A  mobile storage cart also provides a place to sit when you need a break.

One option is the Garden Scooter. A scooter doubles as a work seat and a storage space for tools. Try large big box discount stores or garden shop.  If you opt not to go with the cart, be sure to wear knee pads or use some other sort of cushioning to protect your knees when kneeling.

Keep your medications in mind. Knowing when your medications are most effective and when you might expect an “off” period can help you select the best time to garden. Be sure to create an outdoor, protected set-up of your medications, sorted in an easily-opened pillbox.

Wear a watch with a reminder device to alert you when it’s time to take your medications, and have plenty of water available, since many PD meds can cause dehydration. Sometimes, our PD meds can cause sensitivity to sunlight.

To avoid too much sun exposure, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, apply sunscreen and avoid going out during the hot hours of the day. Some people wear blue tinted sunglasses to cut down on the sun’s glard. Safety first!

Now that you are ready to start gardening, here are a few last-minute tips to keep you safe. First, leave a note telling the people you live with that you are outside. In case of an emergency, keep a well-charged portable or cell phone with you. To prevent rigidity, stretch before beginning your tasks. This, along with frequent changing of positions, can ward off stiffness. Implementing these tips will create the most pleasant environment in which to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

ADAPTED FROM THE Parkinson’s Mailbag, The Parkinson Disease Foundation

The PD Alphabet


Do you know the PD alphabet? A is for alpha-synuclein, B is for biomarker, C is for clinical trials … The Michael J. Fox Foundation has published a handy glossary to help you understand definitions of commonly used terms for symptoms, treatments and Parkinson’s research. You can [Read more…]

New Tool For PD Diagnosis

Movement Disorder Specialist Ronald B. Postuma, MD, MSc

Movement Disorder Specialist Ronald B. Postuma, MD, MSc

McGill University Health Centre in Canada published this article about a new tool for PD diagnosis on November 13, 2015:

A group of experts working under the umbrella of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), have developed a new tool for healthcare professionals that they hope will mark a significant advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, especially in its early stages. The results of their study, published in the journal Movement Disorders, could also have a major impact on the quality of research on Parkinson’s disease. [Read more…]

Unlocking Parkinson Disease

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Thanks to Alan for sharing the link to Unlocking Parkinson Disease, a Science Friday broadcast featuring Jon Palfreman, author of “Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease.” In 1982, science journalist Jon Palfreman investigated a group of drug addicts who were struck with Parkinson’s-like symptoms after taking tainted heroin and documented his findings in a 1985 report. Thirty years later, Palfreman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In his book Brain Storms, he describes having Parkinson’s as “going on vacation in another country and having to drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.” Palfreman describes his own journey with the disease and discusses new treatments for Parkinson’s patients. [Read more…]

First Live Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery On TV


Watch the first live deep brain stimulation surgery on TV on Sunday, October 25th on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Mundo at 6 pm Pacific Time. Hosted by Bryant Gumbel, the two-hour event will take viewers inside an awake deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery via handheld and robotic cameras in the operating room.  Neurosurgeon, scientist, and KTLA 5 Morning News contributor Dr. Rahul Jandial and neuroscientist and podcast host Cara Santa Maria will provide the commentary. [Read more…]

The Bright Side Of Parkinson’s

The Bright Side of Parkinson's - photo by Jon Han for The New York Times

The Bright Side of Parkinson’s – photo by Jon Han for The New York Times

The Bright Side of Parkinson’s is an article written by Professor Jon Palfreman who has PD. It appeared in The New York Times on February 21, 2015.

Jon Palfreman is a professor of broadcast journalism at the University of Oregon and the author of the forthcoming book “Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease.” (available for pre-order on Amazon). [Read more…]

Liftware Spoon

Liftware Spoon

Liftware Spoon

Thanks to Rich Grenn for sharing information about the Liftware Spoon which uses stabilizing technology to actively detect and counteract your tremor. [Read more…]

The Importance Of Your Social Support Network


Thanks to Virginia Janovsky, MN, MS, RN, Clinical Coordinator/Research Study Coordinator, Southwest Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center, Veterans Affairs-Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for sharing an article about the importance of your social support network from the Mayo Clinic newsletter. [Read more…]

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