Parkinson’s in the news: March

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We round up some of this month’s Parkinson’s stories from around the world – including new research into the effect of physical exercise on symptoms and the launch of a podcast exploring the impact of the condition


How can physical exercise help manage Parkinson’s symptoms?

The Cochrane Movement Disorders review has analysed existing data to study the impact of physical activity on people with the condition.

Led by Dr Elke Kalbe, professor of medical psychology at the University of Cologne, Germany, the review found that various forms of physical exercise – ranging from dance to yoga and water-based activities – resulted in mild-to-large improvements in motor-related symptoms of Parkinson’s.

‘Movers & Shakers’ – a new podcast for the Parkinson’s community

A group of familiar faces – including BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman and Paul Mayhew-Archer, co-creator of the British sitcom ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ – have joined forces to launch a podcast for the Parkinson’s community.

‘Movers & Shakers’ will bring together six friends with the condition to talk about their experiences with Parkinson’s through open and honest conversation.

Have you heard about WPC’s 2023 video competition?

The World Parkinson Coalition has announced a shortlist of 12 top films from the World Parkinson’s Congress (WPC) video competition – which aim to showcase what it is like to live with the condition.

A panel of judges has selected a Grand Prize winner from the shortlist, but voting is open to the public for the People’s Choice Award. Both winning films will be announced and screened at the WPC’s opening ceremony in Barcelona in July this year.

Former Kansas City Chiefs player Otis Taylor dies following Parkinson’s battle

American football player Otis Taylor has died at the age of 80 following a battle with the condition. The long-serving Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and associated dementia back in 1990.

“He was one of the most dynamic receivers of his era, and he helped revolutionize the position,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”


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