Research

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08 May: What You Need to Know about Parkinson’s Research

Parkinson’s clinical trials, surveys, and studies for Parkinson’s treatments can be as simple as completing an online form or as involved as a months’- or years’-long drug trial. Some trials are observational, where researchers simply monitor participants in their natural state over a period of time. Others are interventional, where participants take a new medication or modify their behavior, such as incorporating a new exercise routine or eating plan into their daily lives, so researchers can see how the changes impact the participant’s Parkinson’s symptoms.
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29 Apr: What’s New in Parkinson’s: April 2021

Six million variations of Parkinson's. How cells dispose of defective mitochondria. The self-regulating feedback mechanisms of dopamine-releasing neurons. Parkinson's links to melanoma, neuroticism, and herbicides. And so much more. Check out the most important Parkinson's research, surveys, and stories happening now, and let us know if we missed anything. Happy reading!
Woman practicing Tai Chi

02 Apr: 2016 Tai Chi Study Funded by the Davis Phinney Foundation Continues to Help People Live Well with Parkinson’s

Because Tai Chi simultaneously integrates elements of balance, flexibility, coordination (motor function), and focused mental attention and multitasking (cognitive function), it can be an especially beneficial activity for people living with Parkinson’s. Results from the 2016 study confirmed this: findings showed that people with Parkinson's who participate in these exercises see improvements in Parkinson’s-related motor symptoms, balance, and mobility, as well as a reduced number of falls. Just as important, the research also indicates that engagement in these exercises helps to significantly reduce depression, a common non-motor symptom of Parkinson’s. 
Cannabis

25 Mar: Cannabis and Parkinson’s: What to Know About Medical Marijuana, CBD, and more

Although there is insufficient evidence that recommends using cannabis to treat Parkinson’s motor symptoms, a growing number of people with Parkinson’s are experimenting with it to help ease their symptoms. Others who have not experimented with cannabis products, such as medical marijuana and CBD, are expressing more interest in the subject. Yet, many people do not fully understand the chemical and biological makeup of cannabis plants, the different types of cannabis products, and what the research says about the effects on Parkinson’s symptoms. In this article, we’ll look at the differences between cannabis, marijuana, hemp, THC, and CBD, as well as what the research tells us about their impacts on Parkinson’s symptoms.
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09 Mar: Telemedicine study funded by the Davis Phinney Foundation leads to breakthroughs for people with Parkinson’s

In 2012, long before healthcare had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Davis Phinney Foundation funded one of the first studies on telemedicine and its impacts on people's health with Parkinson's. Nearly nine years later, its findings and are more relevant than ever. The investigation became a powerful springboard for future research on telemedicine and Parkinson's. The outcomes of the many subsequent studies can help millions of people with Parkinson's live well today and in the future.