October 20, 2014

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Speech study for Parkinson’s

Speech study for Parkinson’s in Richmond

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Volunteers are needed for a study looking to determine if repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a painless, non-surgical technique, can improve speech in people with Parkinson’s disease.

This study is open to veterans and non-veterans and is being conducted at the Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, VA.

Veterans and non-veterans are eligible to participate in this study. Study participants will be required to get an MRI of the brain and then come to clinic, five days in a row for repetitive TMS treatment sessions. Non-veterans must have a brain MRI prior to enrollment. Each session lasts for approximately 15 minutes and involves applying strong magnetic field pulses over the scalp

For more information contact Miriam Hirsch, Study Nurse Coordinator at miriam.hirsch@va.gov or (804) 675-6284.

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October 15, 2014

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5-minute mindful breathing exercise

Therese Cash, VCU Psychology doctoral student, shares this resource for those interested in mindfulness.  To learn more about mindfulness, view this article with information and resources. Five-Minute Mindful Breathing: “An ounce of practice is better than tons of theories” A great way to begin practicing mindfulness is to begin spending a few minutes each day […]

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October 15, 2014

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Mindfulness Information & Resources

VCU Psychology doctoral student Therese Cash created this information and resources page for us.  She recently completed a mindfulness research study at our center.  We will share those results once they become available. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a process and a skill that can be cultivated. It is a way of paying attention in […]

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October 6, 2014

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HDYO hosts event in Richmond

Join HDYO on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Richmond for a night of bowling! Come out, bowl a few games, enjoy some food and meet the HDYO Youth Worker and learn about the services for young people. The VCU HD Program will be hosting the monthly HD support group the same evening from 6pm-8pm. Adults […]

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September 29, 2014

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Gentle yoga class – Richmond

NEW Gentle Yoga Class starting October 13, 2014 in Richmond, VA Sarah Humphries E-RYT200 has located space for a new class appropriate for people with movement disorders. WHEN:  Mondays TIME:  3:00 PMWHERE:  First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA This is a gentle yoga class with adaptations for those who need it.  The only […]

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September 29, 2014

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HD program updates

The Huntington Disease Program at the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center has exciting news to share – we have been invited to apply to the Huntington Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence program! This summer, HDSA announced they were accepting new applications for the Center of Excellence program. HDSA gave the VCU […]

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September 26, 2014

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Live Well

Neuron graphic VCU PMDC

VCU PMDC provides an individualized, interdisciplinary approach to evaluation and treatment. All of our clinicians specialize in movement disorders to help patients live well. Every new patient is first evaluated by a neurologist, and may be scheduled for evaluations with other clinicians as appropriate for his or her situation. These other clinicians may include: Clinical […]

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September 26, 2014

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A personal story of brain donation

The VCU PMDC Brain Tissue Resource Facility (BTRF) collects autopsy and brain tissue donations to advance the research of movement disorders and related neurodegenerative diseases. The facility accepts donations from individuals and families with neurodegenerative diseases as well as health volunteers. For Virginia W. Stanley and her children, the donation of her husband’s brain provided […]

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September 26, 2014

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HDSA DC Metro Chapter Huntington’s Disease Symposium

Huntington’s Disease Symposium November 15, 2014 Sponsored by: DC Metro Chapter, Huntington ’s Disease Society of America 9:30am– 4:15pm Holiday Inn Rosslyn Key Bridge; 1900 N Fort Myer Dr. Arlington, VA 22209 There is no cost to participate.  Advance registration required: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2VTXNLD Planned Sessions Include: Huntington’s Study Group Update & Clinical Trials Update HDSA Advocacy […]

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