Parkinson’s Disease

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 …

Happy 50th Birthday, Michael J. Fox!

Posted on 06/9/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

EntertainmentThe other day, my father asked me what my favorite movie of all time was. Without hesitation, Back to the Future, I said. “But that’s three movies,” he told me. I shook my head. “No matter.” To me it was one magical joy ride of great lines, awesome effects (for the time) and lovely close-ups of Michael J. Fox. And today just happens to be Fox’s 50th Birthday. Happy Birthday to my very first childhood crush! As Marty McFly in …