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Parkinsonís Research Now: Taking Charge of Parkinsonís

Welcome to Parkinson’s Research Now, which provides information on the latest science advances and “what they mean” for you. In this issue, we focus on studies investigating possible ways to help you take charge of Parkinson’s. While no medications have been proven to slow the progression of Parkinson’s, are there other ways to potentially manage or ease Parkinson’s?


Tai Chi Improves Balance in People with Parkinson’s

Can the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi ease Parkinson’s symptoms? A study published in the February 9 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine compares tai chi with other forms of exercise, such as resistance training and stretching, to understand how it impacts activities of daily living and the number of falls in people with Parkinson’s.
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Artistic Productivity and Creative Thinking in Parkinson’s

For six years, PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project has encouraged the exploration of creativity in Parkinson’s. Now a study in the March issue of the European Journal of Neurology investigates why some people with Parkinson’s experience a burst in creativity when they begin dopamine therapy and spend much of their day pursuing artistic endeavors such as drawing, painting, sculpture or writing.
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More Science News on & Your Questions

There have been many interesting studies published since our last update in early February. I urge you to browse our science news to read about additional research covering diet, fatigue and genetics. If you have questions about these reports, please feel free to call PDF’s HelpLine at (800) 457-6676 or email us at
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Reminder: Get Ready for April

As one of PDF’s Research Advocates Pam Quinn once said, “Awareness of Parkinson’s leads to compassion, compassion leads to giving, giving leads to research, and research will lead to a cure.” Help us keep funding research of the highest caliber by raising awareness during April’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month, which is just two weeks away. Find ideas by browsing our toolkit or ordering your free copy now.
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If you have or believe you have Parkinson’s disease, then promptly consult a physician and follow your physician’s advice. This email is not a substitute for a physician’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or for a physician’s prescription of drugs, treatment or operations for Parkinson’s.