Parkinson's Disease http://nhpr.org en 'Capturing Grace': Documentary Features Parkinson's Patients Learning To Dance http://nhpr.org/post/capturing-grace-documentary-features-parkinsons-patients-learning-dance <p>A&nbsp;few years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, <a href="http://www.kqed.org/radio/about/staff/dave-iverson.jsp">writer, producer, and Public Radio host <strong>Dave Iverson </strong></a>learned that the<a href="http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/the_dance_center/outreach">&nbsp;Mark Morris Dance Group </a>was teaching dance to people with Parkinson's at its Brooklyn headquarters.&nbsp;&nbsp;Dave was touched - and produced a special on the dance group for the PBS Newshour and the PBS series Frontline.</p><p>More recently, he's<strong> </strong>rounded up a team of pros to film students preparing for their first public performance. He’s launched a Kickstarter project called “<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2049872142/capturing-grace-when-parkinsons-and-dance-intersec">Capturing Grace</a>" to finish the film.</p><p>Also joining us is <strong>David Levanthal </strong>– who until recently was one of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s most celebrated dancers. He’s now focusing entirely on <a href="http://danceforparkinsons.org/">dance for PD</a>, the program working with Parkinson’s patients.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Taylor Quimby & Virginia Prescott 15246 at http://nhpr.org 'Capturing Grace': Documentary Features Parkinson's Patients Learning To Dance Matchmaking for Medical Research http://nhpr.org/post/matchmaking-medical-research <P>Dating sites like E-Harmony and Match.com use complex math to bring people together. Now, a project funded by the Michael J. Fox foundation is leveraging similar matchmaking algorithms to link people with Parkinson’s disease to appropriate clinical trials.&nbsp;</P> <P>Journalist <STRONG>Neal Ungerleider</STRONG> <A href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681007/using-dating-site-algorithms-to-fight-parkinsons">wrote about the Fox Trial Finder </A>tool for Fast Company.&nbsp;</P> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:54:35 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18253 at http://nhpr.org Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance http://nhpr.org/post/tai-chi-may-help-parkinsons-patients-regain-balance Tai chi, the Chinese martial art involving slow and rhythmic movement, has been shown to <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20387220">benefit older people</a> by maintaining balance and strength. Now, researchers have found that tai chi also helps patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease.<p>Leona Maricle was diagnosed with Parkinson's two years ago. At the time, she was teaching math, and she says she had experienced the telltale tremors of Parkinson's for a number of years. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 1796 at http://nhpr.org Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance