Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Recipients of the Dr.Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award for the Year 2016

World Parkinson's Program Announces Names of the Recipients of the Dr.Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award for the Year 2016

Announced on World Parkinson’s Day, April 11, 2017, 


1.      Anthony Chambers, Medical Assistant, Neurology, San Antonio, Texas, USA

2.      Dr. Robert Wilcox , Associate Professor and Consultant Neurologist, Flinders Medical Centre, Bedford Park, Adelaide, Australia 

World Parkinson’s Program announces the names of two recipients for the Dr. Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award for the year 2016. World Parkinson's Program highly appreciates the passion of these inspiring individuals to improve the lives of those struggling with Parkinson’s. The spirit and dedication of World Parkinson’s Program to make medical treatment of Parkinson's disease available for every single individual affected with Parkinson's in every part of the world continues through the efforts of such front-runners.  Join us in congratulating the recipients of this prestigious award.   

World Parkinson's Program is a Canadian based global charitable organization which provides medications, walking aids, educational literature in more than 20 languages, and other supportive services to Parkinson's patients in order to improve their lives every single day. These services aid the daily needs of every person affected with Parkinson's and we strive to improve the “TODAY" of every individual fighting this debilitating disease around the globe. Dr. Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award is given yearly to a maximum of three  individuals nominated globally. As our tradition, the name of this year's Recipients of Dr. Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award were announced by Gwyn Vernon, a 2015 Award Recipient. 

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Monday, April 3, 2017

New Drug Safinamide Approved for Parkinson’s!

New Drug Safinamide Approved for Parkinson’s!

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive, and disabling neurological condition. Globally, there are almost 10 million individuals affected with Parkinson's disease, and the number of Parkinson's patients may double by 2031. Unfortunately, currently there is no cure for Parkinson's disease.

 Levodopa is the most commonly used Parkinson's medication, as almost every Parkinson's patient needs levodopa at some point during the course of this disease. However, within a few years of starting levodopa, most patients start experiencing wearing off of effects of levodopa. Consequently, symptoms of Parkinson's start reoccurring before the next scheduled dose of levodopa. These wearing off periods become more difficult to manage as Parkinson's disease progresses.

FDA approved a new drug, Safinamide, for treatment of Parkinson's disease. This newly approved drug from Newron Pharmaceuticals, when taken with levodopa, will help to reduce the duration of wearing off periods. Safinamide is a monoamine oxidase (MAO)-B inhibitor, and is a good addition to the two other types of MAO-B inhibitor drugs Selegiline and Rasagiline. Safinamide is taken orally, once-a-day and it may be used in conjunction with levodopa. The safety and efficacy of Safinamide were evaluated in two clinical trials that included more than 1100 participants. Results showed that as compared to placebo, those on Safinamide had less "off" time.

 For more information about Safinamide, click the link below,

Provided By Z. Sarfraz, MBBCh(Can), R.K.Rana, Editorial Assistants, World Parkinson’s Program. 

World Parkinson’s Program Founder Calls Upon 100 World Leaders to Raise Parkinson’s Awareness

World Parkinson’s Program Founder Calls Upon More than Hundred World Leaders to Help Raise Parkinson’s Awareness

Toronto (Canada). April 1st. With the start of April, which is Parkinson’s Awareness month, the founder of World Parkinson’s Program, Dr. A.Q. Rana, has decided to call upon more than hundred world leaders to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease in their respective countries. Dr.Rana has written personal letters to the leaders of 100 countries, and many celebrities, requesting them to give statements to their followers, country men, public, and media, to support the cause of Parkinson’s disease. 

This campaign of World Parkinson’s Program will help enhance education amongst the common public about the debilitating effects of this condition. Dr. Rana has also alarmed world authorities about the rising number of Parkinson’s patients globally, due to ageing, and encouraged them to increase the resources as well. There are about 10 million people affected with Parkinson’s disease in the world and their number may double by 2031. Millions of those struggling with Parkinson’s are living in poverty in various parts of world, and are not able afford medications and walking aids. They also lack access to educational literature about Parkinson’s in the languages they understand.  In many cultures, symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are wrongly attributed to ageing, and therefore many patients remain undiagnosed and thus untreated.

Since celebrities and leaders have followers and influence others, people will learn more about this disease when these authorities and famous people refer to April as Parkinson’s Awareness month.  Dr.Rana believes that such a campaign of involving world leaders will have a global impact on the cause of Parkinson’s disease. World Parkinson’s Program is a Canadian based charitable organization dedicated to improving the daily lives of Parkinson’s patients and their access to better treatment for Parkinson’s at a global level. 

World Parkinson’s Program is the only organization which provides medications, walking aids, and educational literature about Parkinson’s disease in more than 20 languages, which is used in almost 50 countries. World Parkinson’s Program was founded by Dr.Rana in 2008, and has chapters in many countries.   

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Improving Sleep with Parkinson’s – WPP Theme for March

Improving Your Sleep with Parkinson’s – Our Theme for March
Common sleep problems seen in Parkinson’s disease include multiple awakenings in early morning with difficulty falling asleep again (sleep fragmentation or terminal insomnia), difficulty falling sleep at bed time, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), and RBD (REM behavioral disorders). These problems may become more prominent as the disease progresses.
Factors contributing to sleep problems in Parkinson’s include difficulty turning in bed, motor restlessness, nocturnal cramping, Restless Legs Syndrome, need of frequent urination at night, visual hallucinations, confusion, depression, anxiety, pain and early morning foot cramping.
Insomnia and sleep fragmentation may disrupt the patient’s sleep-wake cycle and lead to poor quantity and quality of sleep, which can in turn cause excessive daytime sleepiness. Other problems such as vivid dreams, nightmares, sleep talking, and sleep walking may also interrupt sleep. Causes such as depression and anxiety may cause trouble falling sleep as well. Suggestions to overcome insomnia include:

1.    Regulate sleep-wake cycle
2.    Regulate the amount of sleep obtained each night
3.      Exercise daily and regularly except late in the evening.
4.      Do something relaxing before the bedtime
5.      Keep a fixed bedtime and wake time even on weekends.
6.      Increase daytime physical activity.
7.      Limit your daytime nap to less than one hour.
8.      Avoid caffeine, caffeinated beverages, and nicotine in the evening.
9.      Don’t sleep hungry or with a full stomach.
10.  You may take a light snack.
11.  Avoid fluids after 7:00 PM.
12.  Use soft pillow and a firm mattress.
13.  Avoid hot shower in the evening, but you can take a lukewarm bath.
14.  Make sure your bedroom is quiet with comfortable temperature and ventilation.
15.  Do not watch TV in the bedroom.
16.  If cannot fall sleep, get out of bed and read for 15-20 minutes, then try to sleep. Repeat this cycle until you fall sleep.
17.  Keep the sleep area dark. If light bothers your sleep, use heavy curtains on the windows, or even an eye mask. 
Provided by: Z. Sarfraz MB (Can.) and R.K. Rana (IFS) Toronto,  Canada
Provided by: Z. Sarfraz MB (Can.) and R.K. Rana (IFS) Toronto,  Canada

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Parkinson's FACEBOOK Live Sessions - Sunday 11 AM EST

World Parkinson's Program invites you to join:
FACEBOOK LIVE Q & A Session with Parkinson's Experts

Join us Every Sunday 11:00 AM EST
(Toronto, Canada Time)
Click below to join live program:

    (Feel free to ask all your Parkinson's related Questions!)          
"Those who fight Parkinson's with knowledge always find solutions"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Invites you to attend

Parkinson’s Disease Seminar

Saturday, February 25, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Chris Gibson community centre

125 McLaughlin Rd N, Brampton

For Details, Armand Gilks: 416- 561- 2710 or Email: info@pdprogram.org

Admission Fee $10, and get a gift of free WPP T-Shirt

All proceeds go towards providing medications and walking aids to Parkinson’s patients

“Those who fight Parkinson’s with knowledge always find a solution”-Dr.Rana

Gwyn M. Vernon recipient of Dr.Rana International Parkinson's Community Service Award 2015

 Gwyn M. Vernon, recipient of Dr. Rana International  Parkinson's Community Service Award 2015

Gwyn M. Vernon, Nurse Practitioner, Pennsylvania, USA.