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Neuroscience Cafe: Sleep, Life Balance, and Parkinson’s Disease

The March NeuroScience Cafe is this Thursday, March 14 and covers Sleep, Life Balance, and Parkinson’s Disease. Brought to you by UAB’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC), the March cafe will be held at the Emmet O’Neal Library (Community Meeting Room, Emmet O’Neal Library 50 Oak St., Mountain Brook, AL 35213). For more information visit the event page.

The Apple Watch just got a lot better at tracking symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

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The Apple Watch will soon be able to track tremors experienced by Parkinson’s Disease patients to help them manage their condition.

Later this year, Apple will release a software update to make it easier for medical researchers to understand the difference between a random movement, and the shakes and dyskinesia that Parkinson’s patients experience when they’re getting treated with medications.

Apple made the announcement this week at its developer conference, WWDC.

The new “movement disorder API” will accelerate research that’s already underway in how wearable devices can be used to track the progression of Parkinson’s, said Peter Schmidt, a Parkinson’s researcher and vice dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, who has been advising Apple’s health team.

About 60,000 people are diagnosed every year with Parkinson’s in the U.S. alone and an estimated 10 million people have the disease globally. Not all of these patients will have access to an Apple Watch, or be able to afford one, but Apple is starting to work with health insurance companies like Aetna in figuring out ways to subsidize the cost.

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Source: CNBC

Exercise is Regenerative Medicine: Impact on Parkinson’s Disease

The May NeuroScience Cafe is right around the corner and this month’s topic is Exercise is Regenerative Medicine: Impact on Parkinson’s Disease. Brought to you by UAB’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC), the May cafe will be held at the Hoover Public Library (200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216) Monday, May 21 at 6:30 PM and lead by Dr. Marcas Bamman from the Department of Neurology at UAB.

The overall goal of these cafés is to help educate the public on the latest clinical care and neuroscience-related research taking place at UAB. Our audience is typically made up of older adults as well as individuals and family members who have been affected by the topic. The program runs for about an hour and is very casual and relaxed!

We would love for anyone involved in the Parkinson Association of Alabama to come and learn about the insights from neuroscience research.

January CNC NeuroScience Cafe: The Brain-Gut Connection

The January NeuroScience Cafe is right around the corner and this month’s topic is The Brain-Gut Connection: Parkinson’s Disease. Brought to you by UAB’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC), the January cafe will be held at the Hoover Public Library (200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216) on Monday, January 22 at 6:30 PM and lead by Dr. Haydeh Payami from the Department of Neurology at UAB.

The overall goal of these cafés is to help educate the public on the latest clinical care and neuroscience-related research taking place at UAB. Our audience is typically made up of older adults as well as individuals and family members who have been affected by the topic. The program runs for about an hour and is very casual and relaxed!

We would love for anyone involved in the Parkinson Association of Alabama to come and learn about the insights from neuroscience research

ParkinsonTV Episode 1: Exercise and Parkinson’s

PAA is thrilled to highlight ParkinsonTV, a PD information resource initiative for patients, caregivers, and medical professionals piloted by the University of Rochester, in collaboration with Dr. Bas Bloem and Radboud University in the Netherlands.

This educational TV series brings together neurologists, patients, and topic experts to discuss different aspects of living with Parkinson’s and ways to maximize quality of life. The first season will consist of six episodes on exercise, medication, nutrition, advanced therapies, speech therapy, and occupational therapy with new episodes airing each Tuesday at 8:00PM.

NeuroScience Cafe at the Emmet O’Neal Library

The UAB Comprehensive NeuroScience Center is hosting a Parkinson’s Disease Update as part of their NeuroScience Cafe series this Thursday, September 14 at 6:30PM from the Emmet O’Neal Library. This interactive presentation will provide an update from thought leaders at UAB Neurology on efforts to combat Parkinson’s disease in the lab and the clinic. This can’t miss event is free, open to the public, and all interested patients, caregivers, and medical professionals are encouraged to attend.

Where: Emmett O’Neal Library, 50 Oak Street, Mountain Brook AL, 35213

When: Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM

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Parkinson’s Choices: Playing an Active Role In Your Treatment Plan

Registration is now open for the next installment in the APDA Spotlight series, Parkinson’s Choices: Playing an Active Role In Your Treatment Plan. 

This event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 Central Time and will be accessible online and via conference call. The presenters will be Dr. Jaime Hatcher-Martin of Emory University School of Medicine and Dr. Harrison Walker of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Registration is free and open to the public. Please review the form below for registration instructions and additional information.

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Registration is open for Partners in Parkinson’s Birmingham!

Registration is open for Partners in Parkinson’s Birmingham and The Parkinson’s Association of Alabama is thrilled to be the local partner for this fantastic initiative! This event is open to the public and admission is free. Partners in Parkinson’s Birmingham is March 19th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center.

Partner’s in Parkinson’s is a strategic collaboration between The Michael J. Fox Foundation and AbbVie intended to inform and empower Parkinson’s patient’s and families so they may influence the best possible care through every stage of the disease.

To register and learn more about this great event, visit: PARTNERSINPARKINSONS.ORG/ATTENDBIRMINGHAM

 

 

Parkinsons documentary Capturing Grace airing on PBS

PBS is airing Capturing Grace in markets all over the country over the next several months.  If you are not familiar with this film, it is the story of dancers from the Dance for PD class at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY. Click here for showtimes and watch the trailer below.

2015 Birmingham Symposium Video Recap 6: Panel Discussion by the Wellness Team

We are pleased to present part 6 of an 8 part video series recapping the 2015 Birmingham Symposium hosted by The Parkinson Association of Alabama. Click the following link to watch the video: Panel Discussion by the Wellness Team.