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Living with Parkinson’s Disease…One Breath at a Time

By: Zachary BB Pindar, OTS Rigid joints, achy backs, tremoring fingers… health professionals typically ask individuals with Parkinson’s disease an endless list of questions concerning motor troubles. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what an individual with the disease typically experiences. Under the condition’s observable surface often exists an array of…

Back to School with Tourette Syndrome

The summer is winding down, back-to-school shopping is inevitable and parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. With the laid-back atmosphere of the summer, it can be difficult for children with Tourette syndrome (TS), as well as their parents to get transition back to the structured setting of school. When tics and the co-occurring conditions…

Sleep Difficulties with Tourette Syndrome

Getting to bed and falling asleep can be difficult for a child with Tourette Syndrome (TS). It has been estimated that as many as 80% of patients with TS have sleeping difficulties. This can be for a variety of reasons including: Increased time it takes to fall asleep secondary to tics Some studies even showed…

Paper: Quetiapine improves visual hallucinations in PD but not through normalization of sleep architecture

Abstract (paper published in International Journal of Neuroscience): Int J Neurosci. 2009;119(12):2196-205. Quetiapine improves visual hallucinations in Parkinson disease but not through normalization of sleep architecture: results from a double-blind clinical-polysomnography study. Fernandez HH, Okun MS, Rodriguez RL, Malaty IA, Romrell J, Sun A, Wu SS, Pillarisetty S, Nyathappa A, Eisenschenk S. Department of Neurology,…