Sudden Unexpected Death in Parkinson’s (SUDPAR)

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin "The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible." Oscar Wilde Introduction: I have been reading and learning about the "normal heart" in Parkinson's, ultimately trying to better understand the autonomic nervous system. While reading, I ran …

Birds and Bird Feeders: Journey with Parkinson’s

"Let the bird sing without deciphering the song." Ralph Waldo Emerson "Wild sings the bird of the heart in the forests of our lives." Mary Oliver Introduction: Our move to South Carolina has us living in a 55+ (years of age) gated community with golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts, swimming pools, gyms, many other crafts/activities, …

The Aging Immune System and Parkinson’s

"Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be." William Wordsworth "As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning." Criss Jami Introduction: Recently, an exciting and in-depth review article about inflammation and the immune system and their dysfunction in the pathway of Parkinson's was published. The citation for …

The Significance of a Birthday: Journey with Parkinson’s

"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed." Arthur Schopenhauer "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain Introduction: For 26 years, I taught undergraduate Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill entitled "Biology of Blood Diseases." We …

Golf and Reducing the Risk of Falls in Parkinson’s

"The harder you work, the luckier you get." Gary Player "The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight." Ben Hogan Précis: The sport of golf provides a low-impact all-around form of exercise that improves balance and flexibility and promotes a range of motion by activation of muscles in the upper and lower body. If you …

Potential Anti-Aging and Neuroprotection Strategy for Parkinson’s

"The years teach much which the days never know." Ralph Waldo Emerson "Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses." Maggie Kuhn Introduction: This blog post presents a strategy to possibly reduce aging and it may also be neuroprotective in …

A Parkinson’s Diagnosis: You Still Control Your Life

"Your life is a work of art that you will work on the rest of your life." Richard Blanco "Today is the first day of the rest of your life, and if you screw that up, you can start again tomorrow." Ingrid Weir A Not So Typical "Anniversary" Blog Post:Six years ago this week, I …

2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month- 12 Rules of Life With Exercise

"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." Hippocrates "Patients should have rest, food, fresh air, and exercise - the quadrangle of health." William Osler Introduction: April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. I am convinced …

Neurological Mayhem by Dual Antioxidative and Anti-inflammatory Agents in Aged Parkinson’s Mice

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." Calvin Coolidge "The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it." Abraham Lincoln Introduction: Recently, Jeff Keegan asked me if I had seen the paper by Gil-Martínez et al., an established Parkinson's research group …

Brief Report: Link Between Physical Activity and Health-related Quality of Life in Parkinson’s

"The body achieves what the mind believes." Jim Evans “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein Overview: Dr. Ehlen and associates work in the Department of Neurology, Charité-University Medicine, Berlin, Germany and Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht, Netherlands.  Their publication is open-access and is cited …

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