Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

Spotlight on education, research for Parkinson’s Awareness Month

The focus of this year’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month, starting today, is on research and a better understanding of the neurodegenerative disorder that affects more than 10 million people globally. World Parkinson’s Day on April 11 is at the center of the observance. Parkinson’s disease can cause a broad array…

Rock Steady Boxing to participate in ‘Moving Day’ fundraiser

Rock Steady Boxing, an exercise program designed for Parkinson’s disease, will participate as a national team in Moving Day, a Walk for Parkinson’s, a fundraiser sponsored by the Parkinson’s Foundation. Between April 6 and June 10, participants will “move for Parkinson’s from anywhere” to raise funds…

Iowa researchers use music, movement for Parkinson’s patients

Researchers at Iowa State University are exploring the benefits of music and dance, along with other activities, for people with Parkinson’s disease. Studies have shown that regular physical exercise can ease Parkinson’s motor symptoms, and that dancing may improve or slow the advancement of both motor and…

People with Parkinson’s tremor asked to take part in survey

Parkinson’s disease patients who experience tremor are invited to complete an online survey aimed at assessing the difficulties due to this common disease symptom, with an ultimate goal of promoting more effective treatments. The survey, called the “Burden of Tremor in Parkinson’s Disease,” is a collaboration…

4 new US sites added to global Parkinson’s genetics study

University Hospitals (UH) healthcare system in Cleveland, Ohio, has been named one of four new sites for a Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program (GP2) study that seeks to better understand Parkinson’s disease in Black people, with a focus on the disorder’s genetic basis. Improved knowledge of genetic variants…

Scottish researchers helped develop key WHO guidelines on rehab

Researchers from a university in Scotland were among the contributors to recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines outlining the most essential interventions in rehabilitation for 20 health conditions — including Parkinson’s disease — with high prevalence and elevated levels of associated disability. The WHO’s “Package of Interventions for Rehabilitation”…