Dear Fellow Members…Thanks for the Support

What I really enjoy about our group is that it truly is a “support ” group ready to share knowledge, information, ideas and tricks they’ve  learned along the way with each other.  its easy, over time, to become more of a speakers’ bureau but when ours leaned a bit too far in that direction, members […]

Live Your Life!

LIVE YOUR LIFE! This was the upbeat message brought to our group by one of our area’s pre-eminent Movement Disorder Specialists, Dr. Drew Falconer.  Dr.  Falconer, along with his partner, Dr. Sean Rogers, make up the INOVA Movement Disorders Center. ” Dr. Drew”, as he is sometimes called, was a favorite speaker from last year and […]

New Ways to Get in the Game

I think nearly everyone either gets the Neurology Today magazine, whether it is delivered, picked up at the doctor’s office or read online. But I wanted to draw special attention to the article in the February/March 2016 edition entitled, “Try This at Home”. It discussed clinical trials, especially the difficulty getting volunteers. There are new ideas […]

Inosine, Rytary, Alpha-synuclein…Oh, My!

  If you aren’t familiar with the subjects listed in the title, you must have missed the September meeting.  Look at all you missed! It was wonderful to be back together.   We had a full agenda, including a visit by neurologist Drew Falconer, MD. Dr. Falconer and his partner, Sean Rogers, MD, along with […]

News You Can Use from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Progress is being made in Preventing toxic protein clumps. Alpha-synuclein is the sticky protein that clumps in brain cells in Parkinson’s, and scientists believe that those clumps (called Lewy bodies) are toxic and lead to cell death. Because Lewy bodies likely play a primary role in disease progression and are seen in the brains of […]

FDA Approves New Deep Brain Stimulation Device

From the FoxFeed Blog ,  FDA Approves New Deep Brain Stimulation Device Posted by Maggie McGuire, June 16, 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday that it had approved another deep brain stimulation (DBS) device for treatment of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. The Brio Neurostimulation System from St. Jude Medical works in […]