News ArchivesRead News
Small Steps Lead To Big Advances Against Parkinson’s
Thursday April 28, 2005
04/22/05(13WHAM.com) - April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month and one man who’s living with the disease said he has discovered several small steps that can make a big difference.
If you take a walk down the hall with Ed Nies, you’d never know he’s had Parkinson’s for five years, but he says it wasn’t always that way.
"It got to the point where I couldn’t button my shirt without a lot of help and I just knew something was wrong," he said.
What was wrong was that his brain wasn’t producing enough of a chemical called dopamine, which is what triggers the symptoms of the disease--the body becomes rigid and patients also develop tremors, slow movement, and can have postural changes.
To prevent many of these problems, Ed underwent an exercise program targeted to treat his specific symptoms. Fitness experts are now trained to help design these programs.
Ed has also responded well to newer medications and he remains on the list for several clinical trials now in the works which he may qualify for as his disease progresses.
Nurse educator, Debbie Mills said, "[Researchers] are looking at cell death, trying to prevent it while the cell is dying. And they are looking at growth factors to help regenerate cells."
Until these treatments are in the mainstream, Ed recommends teaming up with other Parkinson’s patients.
"I think one of the most important things they need to do is join a support group, learning all they can about the disease, the more you can do about it, knowledge is power," he said.
Recent NewsJan 16 - January 16, 2018 News Update
Jan 9 - January 9, 2018 News Update
Jan 2 - January 2, 2018 News Update
Dec 26 - December 26, 2017 News Update
Dec 19 - December 19, 2017 News Update
Dec 8 - New technique scours the genome for genes that combat disease
Dec 8 - Restless sleep may be an early sign of Parkinson's, dementia
Dec 1 - Defects in cell's 'waste disposal system' linked to Parkinson's
Dec 1 - Dual virtual reality/treadmill exercises promote brain plasticity in Parkinson's patients
Nov 17 - 'Moving Day' participant is not letting young-onset Parkinson's disease stop him
Nov 17 - Focused ultrasound shows promise for treating Parkinson's tremor
Nov 17 - New research to target air pollution as a potential trigger for Parkinson’s
Nov 17 - This device will let you feel what it's like to suffer from Parkinson's
Nov 10 - How does Parkinson's disease influence depression?
Nov 10 - House votes to repeal ObamaCare's Medicare cost-cutting board
Nov 10 - Microsoft shows off watch that quiets Parkinson's tremors
Nov 3 - Utah group battling Parkinson's disease with boxing
Nov 3 - UVA-LED STUDY EXAMINES POTENTIAL OF SOUND WAVES TO MANAGE PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Oct 27 - Herbicide's link to Parkinson's disease
Oct 27 - NTU Singapore, KAIST scientists discover new mechanism that causes Parkinsonian symptoms