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A Podcast by John Campbell
Evaluating Health Websites
The information on the internet is massive and we need to know how to distinguish the trustworthy ones especially when we are surfing for health information.
Firstly, ask yourself these questions:
♦ Why did the person create the page?
♦ What's in it for them?
♦ Are they trying to sell me something?
Next, follow the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) criteria for evaluating health websites below:
♦ Bias/ Objectivity
♦ Currency/ Timelines
For viewing the complete information please go to NN/LM
NPF First Connect-MyPage
National Parkinson Foundation has created a free online service that allows participants to access articles, videos and other online resources of their concerns in regards to the disease.
To begin receiving feature articles written by other individuals who have overcome many challenges go to:
Parkinson's Central Smarthphone App
Have you downloaded the new Parkinson’s Central Smartphone App onto your iPhone or Android phone?
Parkinson’s Central by National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. is an app meant to bring information to those living with Parkinson’s Disease, or to those who are living with someone with PD. It is designed to answer any questions you may have regarding the disease, its treatment, and more.
OMM & Parkinson Disease
NYIT/COM faculty published OMM and Parkinson's Disease article in Osteopathic Family Physician May/June edition.
Osteopathic family medicine offers a unique perspective to Parkinson disease (PD). This article focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal somatic dysfunction to optimize health measured by the biomechanical, respiratory-circulatory, neurologic, metabolic or energetic, and behavioral models for patients with PD.
Yao, Sheldon C., Hart, Angela D. , Terzella, Michael J. An evidence-based osteopathic approach to Parkinson disease. Osteopathic Family Physician (2013) 5, 96-101.
Find Full-text journal article via medical library.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand, and the symptoms worsen as the condition progresses over time.
Parkinson's disease symptoms and signs may vary from person to person including:
- Slowed movement (bradykinesia)
- Rigid muscles
- Impaired posture and balance
- Loss of automatic movements
- Speech changes
- Writing changes
Environmental triggers (Exposure to certain toxins or environmental factors)
Age: It usually begins in middle or late life, and the risk continues to increase with age.
Heredity: Having a close relative with Parkinson's disease increases the chances that one could develop the disease.
Sex: Men are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than are women.
Exposure to toxins: Constant exposure to herbicides and pesticides could slightly increase risk of Parkinson's disease.
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