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Our own Bill Clinch at the Michael J Fox Foundation forum in Washington, D.C.

After learning last year that Parkinson’s Action Network was merging with MJFF, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, I was concerned that this would be the end of an annual forum in Washington D.C.. I was pleased to … Continue reading

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March 2017 Meeting

The March meeting of PNMD was another success at Grace Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek with about 110 people in attendance. The day started with the support meetings for men, women and caregivers then went to the general session. Bill Clinch … Continue reading

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Doctor Patient Relationship 

by Lance Gershen, Co-president, Parkinson’s Network of Mount Diablo I am writing about my journey with Parkinsons Disease and some of the issues it brings up. I’d like to focus on the doctor patient relationship, having been a physician for 47 … Continue reading

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Dues increase and new membership form for 2017

The PNMD board has voted to increase our annual dues from $30.00 to $50.00 starting January first, 2017. We have not taken this decision lightly. Last year, our dues accounted for only 13% of our income. The rest came from … Continue reading

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Easy Adjustments to Enjoy Holiday Meals

Thanks Ronnie for finding this and to the Davis Phinney Foundation for the article. Check out their other articles.               November 21, 2016 Gathering with family and friends to share a special meal is … Continue reading

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Movement and Dance Classes

PD Movement Classes: Are you getting the exercise you need? These might help! • Walnut Creek o Parkinson Movement Classes at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek: § Mondays: 9:30 – 11:00. PD Boot Camp. A variety … Continue reading

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Caffeine and Parkinson’s Disease

How caffeine could help slow Parkinson’s disease Written by Honor Whiteman Published: Monday 3 October 2016  A number of studies have suggested caffeine has the potential to slow Parkinson’s disease. Now, researchers have built on these findings, creating caffeine-based compounds that could … Continue reading

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Smell tests, biomarkers and colon biopsies: New approaches to early identification of Parkinson’s disease

RonnieGram: This article is from ScienceDaily. Smell tests, biomarkers and colon biopsies: New approaches to early identification of Parkinson’s disease Date: May 30, 2016 Source: European Academy of Neurology Summary: Early diagnosis and starting treatment as early as possible are … Continue reading

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The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain

RonnieGram: Robin Williams did not have Parkinson’s disease. He had Lewy body disease. This heartbreaking article is directed to clinicians. But the missed diagnosis and the pathos of his widow Susan’s story can resonate with many of us. Mrs. Susan … Continue reading

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One Person’s Journey- Vitamin B-12 for Peripheral Neuropathy?

RonnieGram: Peripheral neuropathy is disorder of nerve(s) apart from the brain and spinal cord. Patients with peripheral neuropathy may have tingling, numbness, unusual sensations, weakness, or burning pain in the affected area. Oftentimes, the symptoms are symmetrical and involve both … Continue reading

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