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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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The Latest on Linda Ronstadt's Battle With Parkinson's Disease

The Latest on Linda Ronstadt's Battle With Parkinson's Disease | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Parkinson’s disease continues to take its toll on Linda Ronstadt. Still, the 68-year-old singer hasn’t completely given in to the disease and is trying to remain as active as possible.
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Ronstadt’s scheduled to discuss “Living with Parkinson’s disease as part of Denver’s "Unique Lives" lecture series on April 13. #Parkinson's #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans dies at 63

Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans dies at 63 | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans of Illinois died late Wednesday after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, said his legal guardian, Mike Malmstrom. Evans was 63.
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“Lane told me years later that it was during a joint appearance in 1996 at a Labor Day parade in Galesburg that he first felt the numbing in his hand, which led to his Parkinson's diagnosis, a disease that trapped his body but never restrained his great spirit," Durbin said. #Parkinson's #Caregiver #Caregiving

 

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Painting with Parkinson's

Painting with Parkinson's | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Erhard (Ed) Ciolina, now 80, was in his 60s when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
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“My secret to Parkinson’s is to be happy, stay happy, to always have fun and to stay in good shape and mind,” said Ciolina. “My most joy, I find, is in painting.”  #Parkinson's #Caregiver #Caregiving

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The Caregiver's Role in Parkinson's Disease Treatment and Care

The Caregiver's Role in Parkinson's Disease Treatment and Care | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Parkinson's disease caregivers can help by noting and reporting any new symptoms or changes to the doctor and making sure the patient takes their medication.
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Parkinson's disease is a chronic neurological disorder with no known cure. Medical experts have come up with Parkinson's disease treatments that effectively alleviate symptoms, but the patient you're caring for may need your help keeping up with them. #Parkinson's #Caregiver #Caregiving

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Parkinson's, Cancer Findings Earn Lasker Awards

Parkinson's, Cancer Findings Earn Lasker Awards | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Key discoveries about breast cancer, Parkinson's disease and the body's handling of defective proteins have earned prestigious medical awards for five scientists. The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the winners Monday.
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The Lasker award for clinical medical research will be shared by Drs. Mahlon DeLong of Emory University in Atlanta and Alim Louis Benabid of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, for developing a surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. #Parkinson's

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Proof: Parkinson's Enhances Creativity

Proof: Parkinson's Enhances Creativity | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Two years ago, the exceptional creativity of Parkinson's patients was demonstrated in a review for Behavioral Neuroscience. Now, a new empirical study definitively demonstrates that Parkinson's patients are more creative than their healthy peers.
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 Inzelberg hopes her research will be instrumental in spreading awareness. Parkinson's patients often feel isolated by their physical limitations, so artistic work could provide a welcome outlet of expression.  #Parkinson's #Caregiving 
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Parkinson's Action Network Honors Israel Robledo with the 2014 ...

Parkinson's Action Network Honors Israel Robledo with the 2014 ... | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
(WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014)—The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) will honor Texas State Director Israel Robledo with the 2014 Milly Kondracke Award for Outstanding Advocacy. Israel has been an outstanding volunteer advocate with ...
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Israel was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2007 at the age of 42.  When he was first diagnosed, he found a lack of resources about the disease in his home state and began work on changing that. #Parkinson's 

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Huntington’s Disease Protein Helps Wire the Young Brain

Huntington’s Disease Protein Helps Wire the Young Brain | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
The protein that is mutated in Huntington’s disease is critical for wiring the brain in early life, according to a new Duke University study.Huntington’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative dis
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“The study is exciting because it means that, if we understand what these developmental errors are, we may be able to interfere with the first stage of the disease, before it shows itself,” Eroglu said. #Parkinson's #Caregiving

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Casey Kasem dead at 82: Radio legend dies on Father's Day amid family battle ... - New York Daily News

Casey Kasem dead at 82: Radio legend dies on Father's Day amid family battle ... - New York Daily News | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
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Casey Kasem dead at 82: Radio legend dies on Father's Day amid family battle ...
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He had reportedly suffered from Lewy body disease, a form of progressive dementia, for several years.
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Meanwhile, “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest” will dedicate next weekend’s shows to Kasem, with highlights from his years as a host.

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★ 11-Year-old Invents Non-spill Cup for Grandfather With Parkinson's ★

★ 11-Year-old Invents Non-spill Cup for Grandfather With Parkinson's ★ | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
A young girl has invented a spill proof cup for her grandfather whose unsteady hands were causing him to spill drinks. Lily Born of Chicago began imaging solutions a few years ago dreaming of ways to help him cope better with Parkinson's. Then, she had an idea to attach legs onto his tumbler to prevent it from spilling. The Kangaroo Cup was born.

Via TEAM Mike Lopez Memorial Foundation |Find us on Twitter:@TEAMCUREALS
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“Just because you’re a kid, doesn’t mean you can’t do big and great things’, the pre-teen designer says. #Parkinson's #Caregiving

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Muhammad Ali wife caregiver | BlackDoctor

Muhammad Ali wife caregiver | BlackDoctor | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Muhammad Ali's wife Lonnie Williams is his love as well as his caregiver. She shares things she wish she knew before caring for the champ.
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Never having met anyone with Parkinson’s disease, Lonnie felt alone. There was no one for her to talk to who was in a similar situation. #Parkinson's #Caregiving

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Casey Kasem hospitalized. Wife throws raw meat at his daughter. - Washington Post

Casey Kasem hospitalized. Wife throws raw meat at his daughter. - Washington Post | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it

Casey Kasem hospitalized. Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease, causes a progressive decline in mental abilities.

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Kerri Kasem testified in court that her father, who is 82, has bed sores and developed infections in his lungs and bladder. He has Lewy body dementia #Parkinson's

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Washington state judge allows Casey Kasem's daughter to visit him

Washington state judge allows Casey Kasem's daughter to visit him | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Radio icon Casey Kasem's daughter wins a court order and visits her father Friday evening for the first time since he was taken to Washington state.
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A California court also awarded Kerri Kasem temporary durable power of attorney and health care directive and has ordered Jean Kasem to surrender Casey Kasem's passport to the daughter. #Parkinson's #Caregiving

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Former Vikings mourn death of safety Orlando Thomas, 42

Former Vikings mourn death of safety Orlando Thomas, 42 | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Former Vikings safety Orlando Thomas, who died Sunday night of complications from ALS, was remembered Monday as much for his positive attitude as for his football ability.
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Bartelstein said. "It is tough watching someone go through that disease. It so ravages the body and destroys and breaks you down day by day to the point where nothing functions at all literally other than your brain. #ALS #LouGehrig's  #neurodegenerative

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Theater Project Lets You Experience Symptoms of Young-Onset Parkinson’s

Theater Project Lets You Experience Symptoms of Young-Onset Parkinson’s | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Providing proper care for patients with debilitating conditions often means putting yourself in their shoes to understand the challenges they face. Some dis

Via Emmanuel Capitaine
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Parkinson’s is one such malady, but now a theater company in England, with the help of a neuroscientist at Royal Holloway, University of London, has developed a system that can actually simulate many aspects of this terrible disease.  #Parkinson's #Caregiver #Caregiving

 

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Intel Turns to Wearables, Big Data to Fight Parkinson's

Intel Turns to Wearables, Big Data to Fight Parkinson's | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Medical researchers today have only a rudimentary understanding of how Parkinson's disease progresses in patients. In collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Intel is helping researchers use wearable devices, the Internet of Things and big data technologies to collect and analyze patient data.
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Intel's road to Parkinson's research began with Intel co-founder and former CEO Andy Grove, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2000, not long after stepping down from his position as Intel's CEO.

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Parkinson’s Disease: Guide to Caregiving

Parkinson’s Disease: Guide to Caregiving | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Providing care for a Parkinson’s patient can be a personally taxing endeavor. Learn how to cope with the stresses and gain assistance from family and friends.
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Caregivers must take care of themselves, too. Being a caregiver can be a complicated and physically and emotionally draining experience. Learn how to handle your role as a caregiver without neglecting your own well-being. #Parkinson's #Caregiver #Caregiving

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Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease, wife says

Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease, wife says | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Robin Williams was quietly struggling with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, according to his wife Susan Schneider.
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“Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,”

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Cinnamon Halts Progression Of Parkinson's Disease In Study

A new study found that using cinnamon, the common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson's disease.
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"This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson's patients. Cinnamon is metabolized in the liver to sodium benzoate, which is an FDA-approved drug used in the treatment for hepatic metabolic defects associated with hyperammonemia,"  #Parkinson'S

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This isn't the first time I"ve heard healthy news about cinnamon! Yummy-- love it anyway. http://shrewd-foods.com

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Sleep disturbances indicate onset of Parkinson's - Times of India

Sleep disturbances indicate onset of Parkinson's - Times of India | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Times of India Sleep disturbances indicate onset of Parkinson's Times of India Sleep behaviour disorder characterised by vivid, violent dreams or dream re-enactment could be a better indicator of onset of Parkinson's disease than other common...
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"These early clues may help identify PD patients before motor symptoms appear, when disease-modifying therapies may be most beneficial," Schrempf noted. #Parkinson's 

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Video of dad dancing with special needs daughter goes viral

Video of dad dancing with special needs daughter goes viral | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
McKenzie Carey is a 12-year-old who loves to dance – but due to a life threatening condition, her father, Mike, must serve as her dance partner, helping her to perform her routines.
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“If I have one person come up to me and say they are inspired by what we do, that’s why I do it,” Mike said. “The only reason I do it is to make her happy; she loves dancing with her daddy.”

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This Could Catch Parkinson's Disease Early

This Could Catch Parkinson's Disease Early | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
A brain-scanning technique that detects early signs of Parkinson's holds out the hope of tackling the disease before it starts to cause symptoms. Researchers identified patients with early-stage Parkinson's disease with 85% accuracy using a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

Via TEAM Mike Lopez Memorial Foundation |Find us on Twitter:@TEAMCUREALS
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Researchers identified patients with early-stage Parkinson's disease with 85% accuracy using a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. #Parkinson's #Caregiving

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Casey Kasem's daughter can stop food, medication, judge rules

Casey Kasem's daughter can stop food, medication, judge rules | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
A lawyer says a judge has granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father.
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The New York Daily News, which first reported the ruling, said Kasem's wife of 34 years, Jean Kasem, stormed out of court after Murphy's decision.  #Caregiving  

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Judge orders Casey Kasem's water, food, meds restored

Judge orders Casey Kasem's water, food, meds restored | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
A Los Angeles judge ordered doctors to resume water, nutrition and medication infusions for Casey Kasem on Monday.
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The decision came during a hearing in which a lawyer for the iconic radio host's wife accused Kasem's daughter of denying food, water and medication to her father to hasten his death.  #LewyBodyDementia #Caregiving 

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Do You Have Early Warning Signs of Parkinson's Disease? - Health Answers

Do You Have Early Warning Signs of Parkinson's Disease? - Health Answers | Parkinson's & ALS Disease | Scoop.it
Tremor and shaking aren't the only early signs of Parkinson's disease. Check this list from the National Parkinson Foundation to see if you should be checked. (Do You Have Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease?
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This year, more than 50,000 people worldwide will hear four simple words: “You have Parkinson’s disease.” #Parkinson's #Caregiving

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