JANUARY 2019 NEWS IN PARKINSON’S
Article run this December discussing the initial diagnosis of PD with Michael J. Fox who has become a major force in raising money and awareness of PD. He was 29 when first told he had Parkinson’s and as he said, “ You’ve made a mistake – you’re not aware of who I am.” He quickly learned that PD does not care who you are and as he states in his own words, he was totally freaked out and ran from it. His response was to drink too much with the hope of obliterating it and making it go away. Fox admitted to himself that the diagnosis frightened him and after hitting bottom seeking help from a therapist assisted him in accepting a new life with Parkinson’s. He is now able to focus on each day and try to make it good.
Neurodegeneration Challenge Network
A new network launched by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will unite leading investigators from various biomedical fields, as well as biologists and physicians, in gaining insight into why neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s occur.
The challenge is to support interdisciplinary collaborations and generate shared tools, resources and platforms to inspire a new approach to tackling neurodegenerative disease- on e that leverages the combined power of science and technology to accelerate progress toward clinical goals.
COMPASSIONATE, EFFECTIVE, AFFORDABLE CARE