A new research study will investigate dyskinesia in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. For more information, please click here.
For Physical Therapists
Save the Date: Friday, April 20, 2012
Designed by physical therapists for physical therapists, this course will provide practical, evidence based knowledge on how to effectively evaluate and treat individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS, Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University’s Sargent College and Associate Director of Clinical Care in the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University, will present. 8 CEUs are available.
This program is presented by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in collaboration with the American Parkinson Disease Association.
For more information, please contact 800-457-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, January 21, 2012, TriYoga of Boston will host a half-day seminar for yoga teachers. It will present teachers with strategies and safety tips they can use to guide students who have limitations associated with movement disorders. Participants will learn about Parkinson’s disease and how yoga can be best used to help with strength, balance, and flexibility. The afternoon will include asana practice as well as interactive group sessions led by a certified yoga instructor living with Parkinson’s and health care professionals specializing in Parkinson’s.
The seminar costs $50 and includes lunch. Registration is required. To register, contact the Information & Referral Center at (800) 651-8466. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2011
Time: 12:30 to 5:30pm
Location: TriYoga of Boston – 60 Prospect Street – Waltham, MA 02154
A new type of imaging scan called DaTScanTM has been recently approved by the FDA to be used to improve the diagnosis of Parkinsonian disorders. Boston University Medical Center, an APDA Advanced Center of Excellence, is among the first institutions in the country to offer this scan. The scan is done at Boston Medical Center in the Department of Nuclear Medicine.
Developed by GE Healthcare, DaTScanTM is an imaging drug that is used to detect the presence of dopamine in the brain. This visual evidence of dopamine producing cells in the basal ganglia, a primary movement center of the brain, can help doctors to distinguish Parkinsonism from other disorders causing similar symptoms, when combined with clinical assessments.
Patients undergoing this test have DaTScanTM injected into their bloodstream and then pictures are taken of the brain by a gamma camera. The specialized camera is used to produce a single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan. The images from SPECT scans combine to provide a picture of brain function rather than structure, allowing the doctor to see changes in the chemistry of the brain.
Identifying the amount of dopamine present in the brain is important because it is decreased in patients who have Parkinsonian syndromes . The test enables physicians to differentiate between PD and Essential Tremor, or certain other causes of Parkinsonism such as medication-induced Parkinsonism or vascular Parkinsonism. It does not, however, differentiate between the various Parkinsonian syndromes which include Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), and Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB).
Boston Medical Center has been designated a DaTScanTM Imaging Center of Excellence and has extensive experience using DaTscanTM in the biomarker study, Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), which is sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Boston Medical Center is one of fourteen US medical centers currently enrolling for this study.
For more information on DaTScanTM, please visit this link DaTScan. For more information on the PPMI Study, please visit this link Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative Study (PPMI).
The Center for Neurorehabilitation at Sargent College, Boston University invites you to participate in a research study to promote walking in people with Parkinson’s disease. Participants will be given a pedometer to measure the amount of walking done over one month. The pedometer is a small device kept in your pocket or on your waist to measure how many steps you take each day. Participants will also be given a small computer to take home. The computer contains an automated exercise advisor – this advisor appears as an animated cartoon character that talks to you from the computer. With only five minutes of use each day, this program is designed to help you increase your walking.
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Recognizing the important role nurses play in the care of patients and families living with Parkinson’s disease, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation awarded a grant to support the second annual Visiting Nurse Faculty Program. The program was held June 20th to 24th at Boston University Medical Center. The goal of this program was to provide up-to-date information on the care needs of Parkinson patients to faculty. This information and experience can then be shared with students to better prepare them for their role as nurses. This year, nursing faculty from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, Worcester State College, and Saint Anselm College were selected to participate.
Program content included signs and symptoms of PD, diagnosis, medical and surgical management, the role of nursing and interdisciplinary care, basic science and clinical research, resources, and family care. Opportunity was provided to meet patients and family during actual clinic visits. Faculty spent one full day at Boston University’s Neurorehabilitation Center learning about the important role of exercise and other rehabilitative therapies. Each participant will work on a Parkinson’s disease independent project.
This Visiting Nursing Faculty (VNF) program was developed and successfully piloted in 2009 by Gwyn Vernon MSN, CRNP and Lisette Bunting-Perry, PhD(c), RN at the University of Pennsylvania. Cathi Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN served as BU’s program director. To learn more about the Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty visit www.parkinsonsnursing.com.
Dr. Samuel Frank & Dr. Anna Hohler Featured on August Edition of “Physician Focus” Television Program
Boston Medical Center Parkinson’s disease specialists Dr. Samuel Frank and Dr. Anna Hohler participated in the August edition of Physician Focus with the Massachusetts Medical Society. The show took an in-depth look at Parkinson’s disease. Physician Focus is available in 260 communities across Massachusetts.
Click here to watch this edition of Physician Focus.
On Monday, May 16th, Dr. Samuel Frank, Neurologist with the Boston University Medical Campus Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center was featured in the Health and Wellness section of the Boston Globe.
Dr. Frank spoke about the progression of Parkinson’s disease symptoms and when treatment typically begins.
To read the complete article, please click here.
The APDA MA Chapter will be holding its 25th Annual Parkinson Walkathon on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Reebok International Headquarters in Canton, MA. Every year, the Walkathon raises funds to support crucial Parkinson’s disease research. 100% of the proceeds from this event are donated to research approved by the APDA Scientific Advisory Board to continue with the organization’s mission “To Ease the Burden – Find the Cure.”
We are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Parkinson’s Disease Seminar for Healthcare Professionals at Boston University May 6 & 7, 2011. This unique course continues to provide a cutting-edge, evidenced-based update on the medical and rehabilitative management of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Movement disorder experts from Boston University have partnered with the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) to bring the latest developments in the field to healthcare professionals invested in providing high quality care to people with PD. For 2011, we have brought back our excellent speakers from last year and invited some additional experts to participate.
Participants will be provided the tools to become resource clinicians in their practice settings in order to optimize the delivery of care to people with PD and their significant others.