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Jon Palfreman joined the JPD editorial board as Social Media Editor, and he is responsible for selecting and posting news of interest to the PD research community in the form of short opinion and blog posts, which are published here on the JPD website blog. These include general blog posts, stories about scientists active in the PD field in a section called Neuroscientist's Corner and also a section called The Patient Perspective. There are also sections of the JPD blog with contributions from guest bloggers and a new section – introduced in April 2018 – called Tomorrow Edition Extracts, which is authored by Benjamin Stecher.

 

Jon Palfreman’s Blog

Toward Personalized Medicine for Those with Parkinson’s

Neurologists often remark that Parkinson’s is a highly variable disease. Persons with Parkinson’s not only acquire the disease at different ages, they also manifest different clinical profiles, displaying symptoms that can progress at strikingly different rates. Read more.

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Guest Blog

Management of constipation in Parkinson’s disease by Bernoulli's principle

What does a mathematical equation that deals with fluid pressure have to do with Parkinson’s disease? Dr Yoshiharu Uno explains.

Neuroscientist's Corner

Interview: Caroline Tanner

Caroline (Carlie) Tanner had always planned to specialize in family medicine. But while a medical student in Chicago, she fell under the spell of neurologist Harold Klawans. Klawans – one of the first neurologist to use levodopa therapy with PD patients – convinced the young doctor that Parkinson’s was an exciting area of research and practice. Says Tanner, “The idea of being able to intervene with a transformative therapy like levodopa was very attractive, so after some soul-searching, I switched my concentration from family medicine to neurology.”

The Patient Perspective

Profile: Sara Riggare

In October 1984, a thirteen-year-old girl called Sara sat in a small village hall in northern Sweden enjoying a folk music concert. “Everyone was clapping their hands and stomping their feet,” Sara recalls, “and I wanted to do the same. I could clap my hands, but when I tried stomping my feet, I discovered I couldn’t. It was as if the signals couldn't go from my brain to my feet.” This is Sara’s earliest memory indicating that something was wrong.