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ParkinsonLink: October 2010

Dopamine medications have helped to improve life for millions of people with Parkinson’s worldwide.  But there is also evidence that in some individuals, they can cause troublesome side effects called impulse control disorders (ICDs). What should you know?  Find insights on this topic and more by browsing or downloading the Fall issue of PDF News & Review.


The Ups and Downs of Dopamine

What exactly are impulse control disorders and how do Parkinson’s dopamine medications contribute to them? In this interview, Daniel Weintraub, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania, provides his insights on ICDs and tips for talking with your doctor about these side effects.

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Exercise and PD

Why all the buzz about exercise and Parkinson’s? Read about some of PDF’s research projects studying its potential as a therapy and find tips for taking charge of your PD through exercise.

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Quilters, Golfers and Lemonade Stand Sellers  

Inspiring stories come in many shapes in sizes.  Check out friends of PDF who are raising awareness for Parkinson’s through the Parkinson’s Quilt, golf tournaments…and even lemonade stands!

Read Sharon’s “Quilted Journeys” Read Golfing for a Cure Read about PDF’s Favorite Lemonade Stand

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