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Parkinson's Disease: Being a Savvy Consumer and More

Annotation:Lawrence I. Golbe MD and Parkinson’s Disease Foundation - People with Parkinson’s disease typically visit their neurologist two to four times a year. This article provides a guide on how to maximize the time with your doctor.

Annotation:Found at 675 Almanor Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 email: info@thepi.org, Tel: 408-734-2800 800-655-2273, Fax: 408-734-8522. Conducts research and provides clinical care to persons with Parkinson’s.

Annotation:Can be contacted at 888/400-2732. Provides information on support groups, treatment options, and health-care facilities across the United States. Locally, Stanford hosts an APDA information and referral site. Web site: http://parkinsons.stanford.edu/

Annotation:Useful, easy-to-navigate web site, the Foundation provides Parkinson’s disease research support, advocacy, news, information and education in plain language for the person with Parkinson and their caregivers, including clinical Trial Finder <http://www.michaeljfox.org/foxtrialfinder.cfm>.

Annotation:Conducts and supports research on brain and nervous system disorders; its website provides information to patients as well as researchers. NINDS was created by the U.S. Congress in 1950.

Annotation:Offers extensive treatment information and news about Parkinson's for patients and caregivers.

Annotation:800/457-6676 Promotes and helps fund research into the causes of and cure for Parkinson's and for better treatment of symptoms. Publishes Newsletters and E-newsletters one can subscribe to here http://www.pdf.org/en/pdf_newsletter.

Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers <http://www.fda.gov/drugs/ResourcesForYou/consumers/default.htm> for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.

Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment..

Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.

Annotation:Medline Plus - Excellent guidelines for evaluating web resources for the consumer.


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