Research

High Intensity Workouts May Slow PD Progression for the Newly Diagnosed
Bruce

High Intensity Workouts May Slow PD Progression for the Newly Diagnosed

The NY Times reported this week on a research study which found that high-intensity treadmill training slowed the progression of Parkinson’s disease in Parkies who were “newly diagnosed” (that is, diagnosed within the past five years). The researchers studied 128 men and women who fit this definition.  The researchers randomly divided the participants into three …

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A High-Calorie Diet May Help You Live Longer
Bruce

A High-Calorie Diet May Help You Live Longer

According to a recently published study in Neurology (and summarized for the lay reader in Medical News Today), people with Parkinson’s disease need to watch out for weight loss, especially right after they are diagnosed. As Medical News Today says in its banner heading: People with Parkinson’s disease who lose weight may be more likely to develop …

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Simon Stott: “Where Are We Now With Parkinson’s Research?”
Bruce

Simon Stott: “Where Are We Now With Parkinson’s Research?”

Here’s a great, recent video that addresses the question, “Where are we now with Parkinson’s research?”  The author/speaker, Simon Stott, is a post-doctoral researcher at Cambridge University, where he focuses on Parkinson’s disease.  I found this video on his website, The Science of Parkinson’s Disease, which is both highly technical as well as interesting and …

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Parkinson’s Disease – the Next AIDS-like Pandemic?
Bruce

Parkinson’s Disease – the Next AIDS-like Pandemic?

A recent opinion article in JAMA Neurology declares that Parkinson’s disease may soon be a global pandemic as the world’s population ages and more and more people are diagnosed with PD.  Compared to the growth rates of other neurological disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke), new cases of Parkinson’s are increasing at a faster pace …

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“Golden Boy” w/ Parkinson’s
Bruce

“Golden Boy” w/ Parkinson’s

The local NPR radio station in New York, WNYC, just interviewed three people  involved in a revival of Clifford Odet’s 1937 play, “Golden Boy.”  The play focuses on a young man who is talented at the violin and dreams of pursuing a musical career, while at the same time a boxing promoter wants the young …

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Daily Marijuana Use *May* Help Parkies
Bruce

Daily Marijuana Use *May* Help Parkies

Three articles (click!  click!  click!) recently reported that people with Parkinson’s disease who smoked medical marijuana daily claimed mostly positive outcomes. In a nutshell: Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel assessed daily cannabis use in 47 Parkinson’s patients over several months. A grand majority – 82 percent – said cannabis “improved their overall symptoms.” These patients …

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Coffee – Not the Parkinson’s Panacea Anymore…
Bruce

Coffee – Not the Parkinson’s Panacea Anymore…

In many of my earlier Parking Suns posts (e.g., click!) I reported on research that lauded coffee as a means of slowing Parkinson’s progression.  For example, the University of Maryland website states that “coffee and caffeine may lower the risk and progression of Parkinson’s.” However, a recent article in Medical News Today summarizes new research from Canada …

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Update on Human Stem Cells & Parkinson’s
Bruce

Update on Human Stem Cells & Parkinson’s

Two weeks ago I posted the news that a Japanese research team seems to have cured Parkinson’s disease in monkeys by implanting human stem cells in their brains.  The stem cells came from adult humans, some of whom had PD and others who did not.  Their cells were configured to produce dopamine in the monkeys’ brains. …

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Human Stem Cells Seem to Cure Parkinson’s in Monkeys
Bruce

Human Stem Cells Seem to Cure Parkinson’s in Monkeys

According to an article in Scientific American, researchers in Japan have successfully used human stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease in monkeys.  The stem cells came not from human embryos, but from adults, some of whom had PD and some not.  The scientists jiggered the cells so that they started producing dopamine in the monkey’s brains, …

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Review: “How Not to Die from Parkinson’s Disease”
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Review: “How Not to Die from Parkinson’s Disease”

At the World Parkinson Congress last September, I walked in on the tail-end of an academic session that dealt with nutrition.  The speaker ended with a strong pitch that we all read – and follow – Dr. Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die, the first half of which contains a chapter titled “How Not …

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