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Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction. Andres Lozano offers a dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson's instantly stops shaking and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's are brought back to life. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
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Parkinson's, depression and the switch that might turn them off

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Parkinsons may also cause a degree of dementia.

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Parkinson's Disease symptoms, treatments & patient forums | PatientsLikeMe

Parkinson's Disease symptoms, treatments & patient forums | PatientsLikeMe | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Parkinson's Disease: Find the most comprehensive real-world symptom and treatment data on Parkinson's at PatientsLikeMe. 10,273 patients with Parkinson's experience Slowness, Stiffness/Spasticity, Memory problems, Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), and Insomnia and use Carbidopa-Levodopa, Rasagiline, Amantadine, Ropinirole, and Pramipexole to treat their Parkinson's and its symptoms.
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What is Parkinson's Disease? Parkinson's Disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system marked by muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, decreased mobility, stooped posture, slow voluntary movements, and a mask-like facial expression. #Parkinson's  #Tremors #Caregivers #Caregiving 
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On the Horizon: Virtual Reality Therapy That Treats Chronic Pain

On the Horizon: Virtual Reality Therapy That Treats Chronic Pain | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Retraining the brain can restore mobility for people with injuries or difficulty moving
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Harvie believes that such therapy has the potential to restore full pain-free range of motion to people recovering from injuries and could perhaps help individuals with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.  #Parkinson's #HealthCare #SeniorCare #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for Parkinson's Disease

FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for Parkinson's Disease | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Brio Neurostimulation System is second such device approved for tremor disorders
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 Once activated, the device sends continuous electrical pulses to the target areas in the brain, blocking the impulses that cause tremors.  #Parkinson's #ALS #Tremors #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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New Compound Could Offer Therapy for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

New Compound Could Offer Therapy for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
An international research team has developed a compound that successfully targets and destroys aggregated proteins, leading to hopes for a new class of drugs effective against a multitude of diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
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The researchers call the compound ‘molecular tweezers’ because it wraps around particular amino acids in the protein, not the whole aggregate, and then it both prevents the formation of toxic aggregates and also breaks down preformed ones, in a slow process. #Alzheimers #Parkinsons #Dementia #Caregiving #Cargivers 

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The researchers call the compound ‘molecular tweezers’ because it wraps around particular amino acids in the protein, not the whole aggregate, and then it both prevents the formation of toxic aggregates and also breaks down preformed ones, in a slow process. #Alzheimers #Parkinsons #Dementia #Caregiving #Cargivers 

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14,000 Miles of Inspiration and Perspiration – Tour de Fox | Parkinson's Disease

14,000 Miles of Inspiration and Perspiration – Tour de Fox | Parkinson's Disease | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it

His mom, Lucy, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease more than 15 years ago, and he dedicates his efforts to her. Yet he takes his greatest inspiration from the Parkinson’s community — the countless moms, dads and families touched by Parkinson’s, the second most common degenerative brain disease after Alzheimer’s, for which no cure has yet been found.

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My mother is an inspiration to me, but it is not because she’s bravely fighting Parkinson’s — it’s because there was never any doubt that she would face and defeat whatever challenge arose...

I simply dedicate them to her for being my mom — one small part of all that she’s done, and all that she is.

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Mommy Minute: Raising a family while fighting Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease

Mommy Minute: Raising a family while fighting Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
MIDDLEBURY - The signs were slight at first. "I would be standing at the sink doing dishes and my toe would just twitch and twitch," says Jennifer Bona, a Middlebury mom, whose strange symptoms inc...
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Bona had to figure out how to get by each day, taking care of her four growing sons, while dealing with the devastating effects of this neurological condition. #Parkinsons #Tremors #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Apple highlights Parkinson's app

Apple highlights Parkinson's app | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
A new iPhone mobile app which allows patients with Parkinson's disease to track their symptoms in real time and share this information with researchers was featured by Apple executives today during the company's semi-annual product launch event.
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The mPower app will be used as a part of an observational study that collects data from Parkinson's patients in an effort to more fully understand the disease and how it impacts daily life.  #Parkinsons #IphoneApp #Research #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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The Bright Side of Parkinson’s

The Bright Side of Parkinson’s | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
To understand this disease is to understand the brain.
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Can Parkinson’s be slowed, stopped or even reversed? Can the disease be prevented before it starts, like polio and smallpox? More than at any time in history, success seems possible.  #Parkinsons

#Dopamine #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving

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(L-R) John McEnroe, Tracy Pollan, Gregg Allman, Michael J. Fox, Rob Riggle and John Popper attend attends the 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' benefit at The Waldorf Astoria ...

(L-R) John McEnroe, Tracy Pollan, Gregg Allman, Michael J. Fox, Rob Riggle and John Popper attend attends the 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' benefit at The Waldorf Astoria ... | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
John McEnroe & Tracy Pollan at "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's" Benefit - Arrivals http://t.co/orST0yUnGE
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research | Parkinson's Disease Information https://www.michaeljfox.org/  ....'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' benefit at The Waldorf Astoria ... #Parkinsons #MichaelJFox #Donate #Share #Participate #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Looking for Parkinson's Sooner

Looking for Parkinson's Sooner | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
REM sleep behavior disorder, characterized by a tendency to act out one’s dreams while asleep, is one of the strongest prediagnostic symptoms.
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The goal is to identify those at risk of Parkinson’s while their brains are still largely intact, and long before a definitive diagnosis is made.  #Parkinsons #SleepDisorder #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Linda Ronstadt Speaks: Life is Different after Parkinson's Disease - Alzheimers Support

Linda Ronstadt Speaks: Life is Different after Parkinson's Disease - Alzheimers Support | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Linda Ronstadt speaks about having Parkinson's Disease.

Via Sandy Spencer
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#ParkinsonsAwareness - Life has certainly changed. But Linda looks wonderful and speaks with a happy and optimistic attitude for her future, even knowing that she now has Parkinson’s disease. #Parkinsons #Seniors #Tremors #Caregivers #Caregiving

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I always love Linda music back in the day :D I even got to see her in Concerts back in the 70's :D Good time had by all :D Happy she is speaking out against this terrible disease !!!   

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
This past month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new formulations of traditional Parkinson's therapy levodopa/carbidopa. Both therapies are designed to avoid "off" time in Parkinson's — when symptoms return before another dose of medication is due.

Via TEAM Mike Lopez Memorial Foundation |Find us on Twitter:@TEAMCUREALS
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So what do I see now when I look in that mirror? I see a face that's begun to mask. I see a tremor that I can't control, and I see a body that moves with a great deal more effort that it once did. But when I talk to that reflection, I can now say, "Of all times to be staring down Parkinson disease, we are living in the most promising." #Parkinsons #Seniors #Tremors #Caregiving #Caregiver

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UC San Diego Health System Designated as Center of Excellence for ... - UCSD Medical Center

UC San Diego Health System Designated as Center of Excellence for ... - UCSD Medical Center | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
UC San Diego Health System Designated as Center of Excellence for ...
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“UC San Diego is recognized for diagnosing Parkinsonian disorders accurately, and early on, while providing personalized state-of-the-art care to each patient.”  #Parkinsons #Tremors #Caregivers #Caregiving #Seniors


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Potential New Treatment For Parkinson's Found - And It's An Existing Drug - PsyBlog

Potential New Treatment For Parkinson's Found - And It's An Existing Drug - PsyBlog | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Michael J Fox, who suffers from Parkinson's, is an advocate for research into the disease.
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Dr Yoon Ho Sup, one of the study’s authors, said:  “Our discovery brings hope for the millions of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, as the drugs that we have found to have worked in the laboratory tests have already been used to treat malaria in patients for decades.  #Parkinson's #Seniors #SeinorCare #Caregivers #Caregivning 


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A Mother's Cookbook Shares More Than Recipes - New York Times

A Mother's Cookbook Shares More Than Recipes - New York Times | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
A family’s cooking history is seasoned with smudges, shorthand notations and challenging penmanship.
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My mother has a kind of dementia that comes with advanced Parkinson’s. That’s lousy in a million ways, but I especially miss talking to her about cooking.  #Parkinson's #ALS #Tremors #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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A New Tool for Understanding ALS: Patients’ Brain Cells

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have transformed skin cells from patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), into brain cells affected by the progressive, fatal disease and deposited those human-made cells into the first public ALS cell library, enabling scientists to better study the disease.
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 “These human cellular tools will serve as a platform to understand ALS and someday discover new drugs to treat our patients,” said Rothstein, senior author. #Parkinson's #ALS #Caregving #Caregivers 

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How Deep-Brain Stimulation Reshapes Neural Circuits in Parkinson’s

How Deep-Brain Stimulation Reshapes Neural Circuits in Parkinson’s | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Study reveals mode of action of highly effective, but poorly understood therapy.
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In most Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients who receive the treatment, symptoms of slow movement, tremor, and rigidity sharply diminish soon after the stimulation device is activated, and quickly return if the device is turned off.  #Parkinsons #Tremor #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Prothena's PRX002 Positive in Parkinson's Disease Study

Prothena's PRX002 Positive in Parkinson's Disease Study | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Prothena Corporation plc (PRTA) announced that PRX002 met the primary objective in a phase I study for Parkinson's disease and other related synucleinopathies.
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Based on the above results, Prothena believes that PRX002 has the potential to reverse or cause a clinically significant delay in disease progression in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. #Parkinsons #Tremors #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Yoga class for those with Parkinson's disease

Yoga class for those with Parkinson's disease | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it

Yoga for Parkinson's class helps make living with disease's daily challenges manageable Yoga for Parkinson's, a program that began Feb. 5, is meant to do just that — it's a reset for the mind and body, aimed at making day-to-day living more manageable...

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Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement in the body. Symptoms include tremors, slowed movement, rigid muscles, speech changes and balance problems, among others. Causes of the disease are still unknown, and there is no cure, although treatment and medications can help control symptoms.  #Parkinsons # #Tremors #Seniors #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Causes and Facts Regarding Parkinson's Disease

Causes and Facts Regarding Parkinson's Disease | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
If you are unfamiliar with Parkinson’s or know someone who was currently diagnosed with the disease, it’s important to learn the facts about the currently incurable disease. What is Parkinson’s?
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Parkinson’s Disease is a disease that is affected by the nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. The disease causes both the malfunction and eventually death of these cells.  #Parkinsons #Dopamine #IncurableDisease #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers


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10 Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

10 Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Parkinson’s Disease usually strikes people in their later years, but in some cases it can affect young people as well. Michael J.
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Parkinson’s causes the brain to stop producing a very important chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is needed to help facilitate movement and regulate mood.   #Parkinsons #Dopamine #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Technology Helps Manage Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease

Technology Helps Manage Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Relatively simple devices can have a huge impact on the lives of those suffering from diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Watch this video to see how a teched-out spoon can help Parkinson’s patients feed themselves without...
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Watch this video to see how a teched-out spoon can help Parkinson’s patients feed themselves without making a mess, as well as how a simple camera necklace can help an Alzheimer’s  #Parkinsons #MedicalTechnology #Alzheimers #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Finnish study establishes connection between gut microbiota and Parkinson's disease - PsyPost

Finnish study establishes connection between gut microbiota and Parkinson's disease - PsyPost | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Parkinson's disease sufferers have a different microbiota in their intestines than their healthy counterparts, according to a study conducted at the Univer ...
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The researchers also hope that their discoveries could ultimately be used to develop a testing method which would improve the diagnostics in Parkinson’s disease... #Parkinsons #GutMicrobiota #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Have Parkinson's? You're not alone here - Baxter Bulletin

Have Parkinson's? You're not alone here - Baxter Bulletin | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Bud Hough and Ken Dunteman, both 77, just finished their exercise class for the day, and while they may be ready for a nap, sitting down, holding onto their canes, they feel a sense of control.
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#ParksonsAwareness - “Most of the patients who are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, from the day they are diagnosed, are encouraged to exercise, exercise, exercise.”  #Parkinsons #Tremors #Seniors #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Kansas lawmaker mulls retirement, citing Parkinson's disease - KWCH

Kansas lawmaker mulls retirement, citing Parkinson's disease - KWCH | Parkinson's &  ALS Disease | Scoop.it
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas state lawmaker says he's heartbroken over the fact he may resign because Parkinson's disease continues to debilitate him.
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...the disease has "worn me to the point I can't be worn anymore." He says he has been stumbling, falling down stairs and enduring other problems related to his illness.  #Parkinsons #Tremors #Seniors #Caregiving #Caregivers

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