Blogging with Parkinson's

A personal perspective on Young Onset Parkinson's


Intelligence and Parkinson’s (2)

In my last post, I discovered that at least one group of researchers had found that your risk of developing Parkinson’s increases with your level of education (which is standing in for intelligence as I’m not sure how trustworthy intelligence tests really are). Continue reading



Intelligence and Parkinson’s (1)

I did a cursory search for any correlation between Parkinson’s and intelligence when I asked the question Is There a Parkinson’s Personality? I wasn’t really expecting to find anything, and, indeed, I didn’t. However, a phrase in the article on increased artistic activity associated with dopaminergic therapy made me wonder about a related factor: the level of education.

“… With the only exception of a higher level of education, patients with PD did not differ from [Healthy Controls] in terms of any demographic variables.”

While it would be facile to suggest that a high level of education invariably indicates a similarly high level of intelligence, there is a tendency for the “cleverer” individuals to progress further along the academic path. And it is much simpler to measure someone’s level of education (leaving aside any suggestion that exams are getting easier) than it is their innate intelligence. Continue reading

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Dopamine Therapy and Latent Artistry

Wine is not "dopaminergic therapy".

A FaceBook post by EPDA called this research article to my attention, and I felt that I couldn’t let it go without some comment. The article is called “Artistic productivity and creative thinking in Parkinson’s disease” and states that its purpose was to investigate the emergence of new “Creative drive and enhanced artistic-like production […] in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) during dopaminergic therapy.” Continue reading

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Supply Restrictions on Azilect (Rasagiline)

I have heard of problems with the supply of Azilect (generic name: rasagiline, although there are, as yet, no generic licences for this drug*) to pharmacies before, but have not experienced any problems myself – until today.

Fortunately, I have a week or two’s supply in hand (but only three day’s worth of ropinirole), so I doubt that it will affect me this time other than the requirement to return to the pharmacy next week.

When the pharmacist told me that he had been unable to source the Azilect, he said that “they” would not let him have any. That sounded odd, to me, and – as the shop was quiet – I asked him about it. Continue reading


Is There a Parkinson’s Personality?

I’ve come across conjecture that a certain type of person is more likely to develop Parkinson’s a number of times now, most recently in the film about Barbara Thompson described in my last post. Barbara’s consultant suggested that people who are in some way driven or obsessed were more likely to get Parkinson’s. Other, vaguer, sources have suggested that Parkies are inherently more intelligent than average.

So I decided to do a quick survey of the literature (or, rather, the abstracts available on the Web). You can skip the details and go straight to the summary if you wish. Continue reading


On watching “Barbara Thompson: Playing Against Time”

To be honest, part of me was reluctant to watch this programme. I do have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for me, courtesy of Parkinson’s, but I don’t like to dwell upon it. It is, frankly, quite depressing. But there is a terrible fascination with these things… plus, of course, it is always interesting – and potentially useful – to see how other people cope. Continue reading