Parkinson’s Disease

In Going Public, Valerie Harper Is in Good Company

Posted on 03/11/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayActress Valerie Harper’s March 11 appearance on the Today show to discuss her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer made her the latest celebrity to go on television to talk about a personal life-and-death health challenge. There was a time the famous tended to keep quiet about serious illnesses behind a protective cocoon of press agents, limousines with tinted windows and mansion walls. Often fans found out about their conditions through terse press releases asking for privacy, or though hints picked …

Medicare Settlement Helps Those With Chronic Conditions

Posted on 10/25/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThousands of Medicare recipients with chronic conditions — such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis  and brain injury —  may soon have an easier time getting badly needed home-health care, nursing care and therapy. That’s because of a settlement in a nationwide class action suit that removes the requirement that patients getting these services must show “improvement” in their condition.  This guideline shift, reported yesterday,  would mean these services would be covered for Medicare recipients who need them to maintain a …

The Chemist Who Made Possible Medications That Help Millions

Posted on 06/19/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you take L-dopa for Parkinson’s disease, use a beta blocker for high blood pressure or angina, or even just pop a couple of ibuprofen once in a while when your knees or hips are sore, you owe William S. Knowles a debt of gratitude. As an organic chemist for St. Louis-based Monsanto Company, Knowles, who passed away last week at age 95, led a research effort from 1968 to 1972 to develop the process that would ultimately allow Monsanto to …

Latinos: Keeping your Brain Healthy

Posted on 04/13/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Personal HealthAs many people out there, one of my biggest fears as a Latina is to reach my golden years and not being able to enjoy them alongside my family because of a neurodegenerative condition like Parkinson’s disease. Regrettably, we are not trained to be on the look out for early signs of Parkinson’s disease like tremors or shaking. To keep us on our tiptoes, Congress has declared April as “Parkinson’s Awareness Month.” Our community faces a big threat: A recent …

Tackling Concussions

Posted on 10/27/2011 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthGood news for football moms…and football dads…and football grandparents…and anyone who watches football…and, well, anyone who cares about human life and scientific research. (There must be a category you fit into.) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, at first in denial about the link between player’s repeated concussions and degenerative cognitive function or Alzheimer’s later in life, has made a laudable 180-degree turnaround. He is now a vocal champion for the safety of his players: “There is no issue of greater importance …

Weekend Checkup: Surprise Endings, Drug Mix-Ups, Neurologists and Parkinson’s

Posted on 08/19/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthGo Ahead. Read The Last Page First.  Spoiler alert! Oh wait, there’s really no need for spoiler alerts. That’s because psychologists have found that it doesn’t ruin a good story to know how it ends. In a recent study, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, had people read multiple versions of 12 classic short stories.  Some versions had a separate summary of the ending at the beginning, others had the spoiler worked into the opening paragraphs, and a …