New in Parkinson’s research

• Combination of genetic and environmental ‘hits’ required for Parkinson’s disease • Parkinson’s: Neurons destroyed by three simultaneous strikes • New research shows biking reduces tremors in Parkinson’s patients TEXT | VIDEO • A hand in recovery • Man-made polymer promises Parkinson’s palliative • Nintendo Wii May Enhance Parkinson’s Treatment comments

Research Committee news

We would like to extend a thank you to outgoing committee chairs, Dr. Anne-Louise Lafontaine who served as Chair of the Research Policy Committee and to Dr. Jon Stoessl, who served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Their dedication and commitment to the Parkinson’s community has been invaluable. We welcome Dr. Edward Fon as … Read more

SuperWalk 2009

SuperWalk 2009 announces its first Early Bird Winner! Congratulations to Maxine Thistle of St. John’s Newfoundland, SuperWalk’s first Early Bird winner. Maxine receives a $500 gift certificate to Chapters/Indigo and is eager to start spending. After her best friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 16 years ago, Maxine began to volunteer for Parkinson Society Newfoundland & … Read more

Creative Expressions contest

Parkinson Society Canada seeks artistic talent! If you have a painting, photo, or other visual art that you would like to share we would like to hear from you. We are looking for your ‘Creative Expressions’ to display on Parkinson Society Canada’s thank you and holiday cards. Many people with Parkinson’s have discovered creative talents … Read more

Message from the editor

Welcome to the latest edition of E Parkinson Post! In this issue, we shine a spotlight on balance, a critical factor in Parkinson’s. We begin with a look at research and strategies for improving physical balance and mobility. Some involve modern electronics, such as iPods and video games; others require a swimsuit or trunks and … Read more

Music to walk by…

Could walking to music improve gait and balance in Parkinson’s? That’s what Dr. Lesley Brown, a kinesiology professor at the University of Lethbridge would like to know. Director of the Balance Research Laboratory at the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Brown notes, “One of the major challenges with walking, that leads to instability and falls, is … Read more

Message from the editor

Welcome to the latest edition of E Parkinson Post! We kick-off this issue with a focus on non-motor precursors of Parkinson’s. Research is showing increasingly that the non-motor symptoms can be just as debilitating for people with Parkinson’s and can have severe impacts on quality of life. We bring you up to date on some … Read more

Message from the editor

Welcome to the latest edition of E Parkinson Post! We all know how important it is to maintain good relationships with our health care professionals, such as family physicians, specialists and physiotherapists. Whether it’s asking the right questions and getting reassuring answers or knowing how to get an appointment in a timely manner, it helps … Read more