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Dear Shake It Up Supporter,

With 30 June now behind us we would like to take a moment to thank all of those people who continued to support our quest for a cure throughout the 2015/16 financial year.

For the fifth consecutive year, Shake It Up has grown in terms of both revenue and most importantly volume of research funded. In fact, the growth over the last 12 months has established the Shake It Up / Michael J. Fox Foundation Partnership as Australia's largest private funder of Parkinson's research.

All of this is due to our wonderfully passionate and committed group of supporters. As a low overhead foundation (100% of every donation goes to research targeted at better treatments and ultimately a cure) we are hugely dependent on your ongoing support.

So, THANK YOU and we hope you enjoy this latest issue of the Shake It UpDate.

Sincerely,

Ben, Clyde and the Shake It Up Team.

New gene linked to Parkinson's


Researchers recently added to the list of Parkinson’s-associated genes when they identified mutations on TMEM230  linked to the disease. Discovery of this gene provides a new potential therapeutic target for PD treatment.
 

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Yoga and mediation may help prevent metal decline


Studies suggest that people who stay active have a lower risk of developing dementia. If you’re not able to engage in cardio activities like running, you may wonder how important vigorous exercise is to reaping those mental benefits.
 

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Head trauma and Parkinson's

 
The possible connection between head trauma and Parkinson’s is illustrated — perhaps nowhere more prominently — by Muhammad Ali’s diagnosis of young-onset Parkinson’s disease (PD) following a career in boxing. Many have wondered whether repeated hits to the head caused his PD


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Light of Day 2016 in full swing


Last year Shake It Up Australia was delighted to be selected as one of the nominated charities for Light of Day Australia in Ocean Grove. The event is back this year and Shake It Up has again been chosen as a beneficiary. It will take place over two days on July 22 & 23.
 

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Shake It Up Heroes

 
Shake It Up Heroes Sandra and Noel have been shaking things up at their local markets to support their Son Vaughan who is also one of our Shake It Up Heroes.
 

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