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FDA Approves New DBS Device that Measures Brain Activity

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Medtronic’s Percept deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat Parkinson’s symptoms. This first-of-its-kind device can sense and record an individual’s unique brain signals, a next step toward personalized DBS. With this data, doctors ...

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DBS Shown to be Effective in Early Stages of Parkinson’s

People with Parkinson’s disease who receive Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy in the early stages of the condition will benefit from a significant increase in quality of life, a revolutionary study from The New England Journal of Medicine has found. World-leading neurologist and lead clinici...

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Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), a surgical therapy for Parkinson’s disease, is typically considered when a person who has had Parkinson’s for four years or more develops complications, such as dyskinesia(uncontrolled, involuntary movements) and/or significant “off” time (when medication isn...

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Deep Brain Stimulation: A life Changing Decision

Eight years ago, at 53, Dan Stark decided he needed to make a dramatic change. He was taking 2100 mg of Sinemet (levodopa/carbidopa) a day to try and eke whatever lasting benefits he could out of his medication, with the hopes of getting some relief for his Parkinson’s disease. But severe dyskines...

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Answering Questions: Deep Brain Stimulation

The most common surgical treatment for Parkinson’s disease is deep brain stimulation (DBS). Similar to available drug treatments, DBS does not slow down the disease or restore sick and dying nerve cells affected by Parkinson’s disease, but rather offers symptomatic benefits. In DBS, a thin elect...

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Researchers Stimulate Improvements in Parkinson’s Treatments

New research led by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has identified ways to make the most widely-used advanced treatment for Parkinson’s disease – deep brain stimulation therapy – more effective and safer. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves implanting electrodes within the brain, w...

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Focused Ultrasound

Focused ultrasound (FUS) is a non-invasive technology to ablate a small volume of the globus pallidus region of the brain to reduce dyskinesia.  While the procedure requires no surgery and is more easily tolerated than alternatives such as deep brain stimulation, it is irreversible. During the FUS ...

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A Brain Wave Test to Diagnose Parkinson’s

A recent study published in eNeuro suggests that a non-invasive brain wave test – an EEG – could help diagnose or measure Parkinson’s disease. Nicole Swann, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Oregon analyzed the EEGs of 15 people with Parkinson’s and 16 people without it. They found ...

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Deepest Part of Brain Unlocked to Treat Parkinson’s

A University of Queensland researcher has joined colleagues at Oxford University in entering the deepest part of the brain to achieve a breakthrough treatment for debilitating gait freeze in Parkinson’s Disease. The research, published recently in the prestigious journal of neurology Brain, showe...

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Treatments for Parkinson’s

Current medications or surgery options can help to manage Parkinson’s symptoms, but we don’t yet have any treatments that can cure, slow, stop or reverse the progression.

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Clyde and Drs Cook & Silberstein Feature in Mosman Daily

In a recent edition of the Mosman Daily and North Shore Times the feature article reflects on the work of Dr Paul Silberstein and Dr Raymond Cook and the impact DBS is having on people living with Parkinson’s.  Tim McIntyre also talks to Clyde about his mission to find a cure and the exciting pro...

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Spinal Cord Stimulation for Parkinson’s

Walking problems and freezing of gait (a temporary inability to move) are troublesome and difficult-to-treat symptoms of Parkinson’s, especially in progressing disease. Current medications and surgical treatments may not fully address these symptoms, leaving people to rely on exercise and phys...

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Placebo and Parkinson’s

Many clinical trials use a placebo comparison to evaluate the effect of a new drug or therapy. Some people get the active intervention and some get an inactive “fake” treatment that looks the same as the real thing. Volunteers know when they enroll in a study that there is potential to get place...

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Dyskinesia

Dyskinesia is uncontrolled, involuntary movement that may occur with long-term levodopa use and longer time with Parkinson’s. Not everyone will develop this complication, and the experience of dyskinesia varies. New and emerging treatments aim to help avoid dyskinesia. Dyskinesia can affect one bo...

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Travelling with Parkinson’s

Don’t let having Parkinson’s stop you from travelling.  Whilst it does present some challenges, with the right planning there is no reason why you can’t enjoy some great holidays.   Check out these tips to help with your planning and travel.   Travel Insurance Check your travel ins...

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Nic and Ian Findlay Share their PD Story

Ian Findlay – You’re Not Alone ~ Learning to Swim Again! For as long as I can remember I have been around swimming. I was hooked, well and truly when my older brother, Jimmy had all of his Olympic uniforms delivered to our home before he swam for Australia in the Butterfly at the Munich Olympics...

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National Parkinson’s Study Using Wearable Technology

When you see your doctor, they usually ask how you have been. Sometimes it may be hard to remember or describe your symptoms and this is where a monitoring device may help you. The PKG Watch® is a wrist worn device that records your Parkinson’s symptoms and reminds you when to take your Parkinso...

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Clyde Campbell Opens Bernard McGrath’s ‘Shaken’ Exhibition

Shake It Up Australia Founding Director Clyde Campbell had the privilege of officially opening Berry artist Bernard Mcgrath’s ‘Shaken’ exhibition last Thursday to a packed crowd of over 200 at the Queen St Gallery in Woollahra. Bernard McGrath is an Australian, self taught contemporary artist ...

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Dystonia in Parkinson’s

Dystonia is characterised by painful, prolonged muscle contractions that cause involuntary repetitive twisting and sustained muscle contractions. These result in abnormal movements and postures. The symptoms usually begin in one body region, such as the neck, face, vocal cords, an arm or a leg, and ...

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PKG Watch Study

Recruitment Closed The PKG Watch® is a wearable technology that records your Parkinson’s symptoms and reminds you when to take your Parkinson’s disease medication as prescribed by your doctor.

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Podcast: Vision Problems in Parkinson’s

In this month’s Third Thursdays Webinar from The Michael J. Fox Foundation, our expert panellists addresses an often under-recognized Parkinson’s symptom — vision problems. Parkinson’s patient John Merchant joined Marta Fabrykowski, OD, FAAO, an optometrist at Manhattan Eye, ...

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Brain Stimulation to Treat Freezing of Gait and Cognition

The sudden inability to move while walking, or feeling like your feet are stuck to the ground, is called “freezing of gait.” This symptom may arise as Parkinson’s disease (PD) progresses, and can lead to stumbling or falling. Unfortunately, current medications and surgical options, such as dee...

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My Dad is a Fighter, not a Survivor

My dad is a fighter, not a survivor I love my dad with all my heart and he has been very brave living with a tremor. He has been very supportive of me and now I need to be supportive to him. I believe my dad is very brave and handles Parkinson’s disease extremely well. My dad is 63 years old a...

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