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Levodopa: 50 and Fabulous

Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH

May 2017—The gold standard of Parkinson’s disease management has just entered its Golden jubilee. In the 1960s, Arvid Carlsson linked the depletion of striatal dopamine with Park…

Precision Medicine: How Advancements in Imaging, Delivery, and Patient Comfort are Increasing the Relevance of Deep Brain Stimulation

Gian D. Pal, MD, MS

March 2017—One of greatest challenges of managing Parkinson’s disease is finding the right balance of what the patient needs at a given time. When patients are early in the disease…

Minimally Invasive Brain Intervention: What all the FUS is About

Paul S. Fishman, MD, PhD

March 2017—Brain surgery has been used for the treatment of movement disorders for roughly half a century. Beginning in the 1960s, thalamotomies were performed with either cryo-probes th…

“It’s Not in Your Head”: Navigating the Challenges of a Functional Movement Disorder Diagnosis

A Q&A with Katie Kompoliti, MD

March 2017—Though separate scientific disciplines, neurology and psychiatry frequently cross paths and require both expertise and care from physicians of varying backgrounds. Functional …

In-Focus: Movement Disorders

March 2017—Gene Panel Analysis Expedites Diagnosis of Dystonia Gene panel analysis facilitates molecular diagnosis in complex cases of dystonia, leading to a good diagnostic yield, qu…

On Shaky Ground: Identifying Risk Factors For Parkinson’s Disease

Jill Giordano Farmer, DO, MPH

January/February 2017—While new studies have raised interest in the possibility of identifying risk factors for Parkinson’s disease, evidence remains weak.

Alpha-Synuclein: A Therapeutic Target and Potential Biomarker in Parkinson’s Disease

Rachel Dolhun, MD

November/December 2016—The story of alpha-synuclein and Parkinson’s disease (PD) began just two decades ago, when relatively newer genetic techniques at that time identified a single mutation …

Diagnosis and Management of Neurodegenerative Atypical Parkinsonism

Rachel Dolhun, MD

June 2016—"Parkinsonism” and “parkinsonian” are terms broadly used to describe the motor features (i.e., bradykinesia, rigidity, resting tremor) typically associa…

 
 

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