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Christopher Hess, M.D.

How does the brain cope with the changes of Parkinson’s disease? According Dr. Hess, Research Fellow at PDF's Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center, the answer may help us to understand PD and perhaps diagnose it earlier.

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Parkinson's Research Now: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

PDF regularly brings you the latest science news and asks "what does it mean for a person with Parkinson's?" In this issue, we not only bring you these headlines, but we also discuss why it's important to interpret them, and provide tips to help you evaluate health information online.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Interpreting Science Headlines

We all see a variety of health headlines, telling us what might harm or help our health. When you're living with Parkinson's, how can you evaluate these messages? Check out PDF's latest blog post, which offers tips for finding good information.
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Brain Scan May Predict Course of Parkinson's Disease

Could a brain scan predict the course of Parkinson's? Researchers funded in part by PDF report in the September 15 issue of the journal Movement Disorders, that this could be the case. Find out what their study means for you.
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Newly Identified Protein May Help Damaged Dopamine Neurons Recover in Parkinson's Disease

In another PDF-funded study, Dr. Robert Burke and his colleagues at the PDF Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center, report in the August 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, that a newly identified protein can help damaged dopamine neurons to recover and resume their work in mice. In the future, could this provide a new strategy for treating Parkinson's disease?
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We hope you find these stories helpful. It is because of your support that PDF is able to fund these two studies and many other creative scientific studies around the world.

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