Posts Tagged ‘Parkinson’s’

Is there a connection between stress and Parkinson’s disease?

Most neurology text books will state that stress seems to exacerbate Parkinson’s disease symptoms and persons with Parkinson’s disease often describe the worsening of their tremor when having to speak publicly or the worsening of dyskinesias while watching a suspenseful movie scene. In spite of this observation there has not been a lot of research really examining the interplay of stress and the development or exacerbation of Parkinson’s. We know that stress can have effects … Read More

Bionic handball: A daughter’s take on deep brain stimulation

In 2013, Dennis and his family traveled from Missoula to Portland so he could undergo Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for his Parkinson’s disease. We’ve shared Dennis’ Parkinson’s story and the perspective from his wife Mary Ellen, as the primary caregiver. Now, their daughter Daphne gives us a peek at what it was like for their family the night before surgery. Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Bionic Handball When you or a loved one is suffering from a disease, every … Read More

Meet Dennis: Husband, educator, Parkinson’s patient

In 2013, Dennis and his family traveled from Missoula to Portland so he could undergo Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for his Parkinson’s disease. In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Dennis has agreed to share his Parkinson’s story. Originally published on Summit For Parkinson’s, a group of Montanans giving back to the Parkinson’s community. My intimate experience with Parkinson’s disease began 20 years ago when my father, at age 74, was diagnosed and began his journey dealing with the … Read More

There’s an app for that! How mobile devices can help memory and planning

Over the last few years we have had a surge in the availability and affordability of “apps” or programs that can run on your phone, tablet or other mobile device. Many apps promise to make life easier and more convenient. It is sometimes difficult to know if the app stands up to those claims, or whether it would just be easier to set an alarm by the bed, look at a paper calendar on the … Read More

OHSU Brain Institute ranked fifth in nation in neuroscience research

The OHSU Brain Institute has been a national leader in brain and neurology research for years. And that leadership role has been confirmed once again by a new analysis of federal research funding to U.S. medical schools for 2012. The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit group based in North Carolina, ranked OHSU fifth in the nation in total research grants in the neurosciences awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2012. OHSU … Read More

Even with the rain, Parkinson’s patients can find ways to exercise

Numerous clinical studies over the past several years have shown the benefits of exercise for persons with Parkinson’s disease.  Studies have shown that exercise can improve balance and quality of life. Animal studies suggest exercise might even slow the progression of the disease. All of this means many people with Parkinson’s disease want to exercise as often as possible. As winter is now heavily upon us, the days have shortened and the rains have come. … Read More

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