Category Archives: Liz Scott

Liz Scott (Feb 2011)

liz-scott-smallHappy New Year everyone! I am writing this on New Year’s Eve and wondering what 2011 will bring.

It hardly seems possible that we are entering the second decade of the 21st century but strange things are afoot.  England has retained the Ashes in Australia so anything is possible.  With each passing year I am convinced that we are nearer to a breakthrough in Parkinson’s treatment.  An outright cure is still a long way off but I think that within five or six years we may have medications that can slow or halt the progression of the disease.  If you are interested in the latest research into Parkinson’s, the best source of information is the Progress Magazine published by Parkinson’s UK.  You can read the magazine on-line at www.parkinsons.org.uk or ask for it to be posted to you by telephoning 01473 212115.

At this time of year we are all vulnerable to coughs, colds and flu.  If you have Parkinson’s, you should be offered the flu jab and there is no reason to refuse.  If you do become ill, remember your Parkinson’s symptoms will get worse. You may find that you are stiffer, shakier and mobility will suffer. Don’t worry, this is not permanent and once you are over the virus or infection, your symptoms will return to normal.  If you suspect an infection, see your GP, who will prescribe antibiotics if necessary. Continue reading Liz Scott (Feb 2011)

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Liz Scott (Nov 2010)

liz-scott-smallI am writing this before I attend the World Parkinson’s Congress in Glasgow at the end of September.  It is an unusual meeting because its target audience is people with Parkinsons, carers, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and scientific researchers.  Getting everyone together means that a greater understanding can be achieved between the different groups of the challenges faced in everyday life.  For some scientists it will be the first time they have ever met someone with the condition they are studying.  I will let you know how I get on and if there is anything new to tell you about. Continue reading Liz Scott (Nov 2010)

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Liz Scott (Aug 2010)

liz-scott-smallThanks for asking me to write a few words for your brilliant new newsletter. Here are a few of the current things on my mind.

If you are taking Sinemet you may be aware of supply issues. There is a global shortage at present and this is likely to continue into 2011. Please don’t worry. Sinemet is a branded drug but other companies have the recipe and it is available as co-careldopa.  If your GP prescribes co-careldopa instead of Sinemet, you should not experience any problems. Continue reading Liz Scott (Aug 2010)

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