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.  

Lizzy Graham - Dr.Rana International Parkinson's Community Service Award

Lizzie Graham recipient of Dr. Rana International Parkinson's Community Service Award 2013


                                               Lizzie Graham 
  • Director of fundraising and global communication, European Parkinson disease Association, London, UK

Nitish Sharma Joins World Parkinson's Program

Nitish Sharma will be  leading International Affairs Committee of the World Parkinson's Program

Nitish Sharma is a senior consultant at Oliver Wyman in Toronto. He is a graduate of the School of Accounting and Finance University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Nitish Sharma will be leading the International Affairs Committee of the World Parkinson's Program.  Nitish is very passionate about Parkinson's disease and this role at the World Parkinson's Program will help him to provide the educational resources to those affected with Parkinson's disease around the world.

Nominate a Colleague for Parkinson’s Award Before March 1, 2017

Nominate a Colleague for Parkinson’s Award Before March 1, 2017

Every year the World Parkinson's Program honours up to three individuals from all around the world with our most prestigious Parkinson’s Award. This year we are also inviting nominations for those committed to improving the lives of those affected with Parkinson’s disease for the Dr. Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2017. Local healthcare and Parkinson’s organizations or any person of age 18 years or above may nominate an individual who has been role model in Parkinson’s community.

Nomination Recommendations

Parkinson’s community members who may be caregivers, patients, workers, volunteers, bloggers, media professionals, donors and philanthropists or individuals with passion for Parkinson's disease who strengthen the voice of Parkinson's community.

Allied healthcare workers providing care to Parkinson’s patients, nurses, clinical research coordinators, innovators, and educators of Parkinson's disease.

Physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiotherapists, speech and swallowing, occupational and exercise therapists, chiropractitioners, dentists,researchers, neuroscientists with Parkinson's research, and other healthcare practitioners working in the fields related to Parkinson's disease. Organizers, committee and board members of Parkinson's Associations, support groups, and Parkinson's Education Clubs, who play a pivotal role in this cause going above and beyond the call of duty.

No individuals can nominate themselves. Previous award recipients are not eligible. The list may be found on our website www.pdprogram.org

Those Individuals who were nominated previously but could not win the award previously can be nominated again.

The Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted by email at info@pdprogram.org  and should be received no later than March 1, 2017. Nomination Forms are available for download by clicking this link  http://www.pdprogram.org/services-awards/  or visiting our website www.pdprogram.org. Incomplete forms will not be considered. Any nomination materials submitted will become the property of World Parkinson’s Program and not be returned.

Announcement of the Award Recipients:

Nominations will be reviewed by an Award Selection Committee, and results will be 
announced on April 11, 2017, The World Parkinson’s Day. 

Does Parkinson’s disease differ between men and women?

Does Parkinson’s disease differ between men and women?

A number of gender differences have been identified in Parkinson disease. Parkinson disease occurs 1.5 to 2 times more commonly in men than women, depending on the study. Women may also have symptoms at an older age than men, though the difference is slight (~2 years).
Some studies suggest that women are more likely to have tremor, though this has not been extensively studied. Several studies have shown that women with Parkinson disease tend to develop more dyskinesias than men, perhaps because they may respond better to levodopa. Despite this, men are more likely to undergo deep brain stimulation surgery. 
In terms of non-motor symptoms, women with Parkinson disease are more likely to have depression compared to men with Parkinson disease. The reasons for all of these differences are unclear, though many researchers wonder whether estrogen might play a role, as estrogen has an effect on the dopamine pathways in the brain.

What is Special About Pain Related to Parkinson’s?

What is Special About Pain Related to Parkinson’s?
Approximately two thirds of individuals with Parkinson’s disease report pain. Parkinson’s disease patients with pain are usually younger, have more severe motor complications and depressive symptoms than those without pain. The combination of Parkinson’s disease and pain also increases the likelihood of anxiety and contributes to poor sleep quality. Parkinson’s disease pain may be more intense but less frequently reported to physicians and is associated with less frequent analgesic use than non-Parkinson’s disease pain. It usually starts after the onset of motor symptoms and physical effort often does not worsen the pain.
It is important to separate pain due to other conditions, such as arthritis, from pain due to Parkinson’s disease because of different treatment strategies. Parkinson’s disease associated pain may potentially be relieved with adjustment in anti-parkinsonian medications, while pain due to other conditions will not. Physical therapy, exercise, and acupuncture are other treatment modalities that may be tried to help with PD related pain.