APDA News

Successful Parkinson's Walk 2014

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Many thanks to you for supporting the APDA Parkinson's Walk 2014!  Though participating at the walk, encouraging teams, and raising donations for the walk you helped to make it a great success!  Thank you to our sponsors, educational presenters,  information table sponsors and the over 50 Creighton PT students - class of 2016 who volunteer at the event!

New Genetic Discovery Especially Relevant for Early Onset

UCLA announced today that Dr. Ming Gou and her team of researchers have discovered a new gene involved in Parkinson's disease, which may help find a cure or even prevent the neurological disorder.  The APDA Scientific and Advisory Board, recognized the promise in Dr. Gou's genetic research, awarding her one of the organization's post-doctoral fellowships last year for her work on the PARK1/Pinken mutuation; work which led to findings about the development of early onset Parkinson's.

Now Dr. Gou and her team have discovered the MUL1 gene (also known as MULAN and MAPL) that helps reduce the amount of damage done by mutated genes to mitochondria and helps neurons in the brain remain healthy. For more information keep reading on the APDA National Young OnSet Center Web Site.

Depression and Parkinson's Disease

The recent death of Robin Williams has touched the lives of individuals of all ages.  We are also impacted by the recent news that Mr. Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease prior to his passing.

 

While Parkinson’s disease (PD) is typically associated with physical motor symptoms, a host of cognitive impairments such as depression, sleep disorders, and memory loss can also be related to PD.  Fortunately many of these symptoms are treatable, but patients and caregivers must seek care.  Each year in the U.S. 60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed, many under the age of 60.   It is important that when someone is newly diagnosed they talk to their physician about treatment options.

 

The American Parkinson Disease Association Nebraska Chapter and Information and Referral Center are here to provide information, education and support to those who are impacted by Parkinson’s disease, of which includes the patient, caregivers and their families.  In addition, the APDA Nebraska Chapter and Information and Referral Center also provides assistance to Parkinson’s support groups throughout the state of Nebraska and hosts events to create awareness, provide education, raise funds to support research and to bring individuals together so they know they are not alone.

 

The APDA Nebraska Chapter and Informational and Referral Center is part of a national organization that provides support to Chapters and Information and Referral Centers across the United Sates.  Click here for the complete release from APDA National Office.

First Steps Towards a Vaccine for Parkinson Disease

.On the heels of the AFFiRiS and MJF announcement regarding the PD01A vaccine study, Dr. Alice Lazzarini shares her perspective on the importance of this research.  As one of the researchers instrumental in the discovery of PARK1 and a person currently battling PD herself she has a unique perspective on this topic and the hope for the future.  

Dr. Lazzarini was a member of the team in the Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, (along with researchers at the National Institutes of Health and at the University of Naples), who identified PARK1 in 1997, the first gene mutation to cause Parkinson disease.  This research was partially funded by APDA. To read the complete article

click here.

 

UP Ties Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit APDA Nebraska

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Thank you Union Pacific Ties for hosting a Corporate Dodgeball Tournament to benefit the American Parkinson Disease Association Nebraska Chapter.

Seventeen teams competed in the competition on Saturday, May 10 at  Creighton University Kiewit Fitness Center. The winning team was TEAM USA from Union Pacific!!!  Thank you to Union Pacific Ties for hosting the event and to all the teams who participated.

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