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Your Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 1.11.21

Monday January 11, 2021
Parkinson’s Disease Needs an Operation Warp Speed
The Daily Beast
A prominent Movement Disorders Specialist (MDS) and Parkinson's advocate, Dr. Michael S. Okun takes a strong stance in this op-ed: if the global medical community can find a vaccine for COVID-19, can't they also zero-in on a cure for neurological disorders like Parkinson's?
"In the past decade alone, the number of Americans with Parkinson’s disease increased by 35 percent and the growth was 20 percent faster than what was observed in Alzheimer’s disease. This expansion will, if it continues unchecked, be medically and economically devastating. We have chosen a 'shuffling' pace instead of the warp speed employed for COVID-19. What if we sped up?"
Antioxidants Like Vitamin C, E May Lower Risk of Parkinson’s
Neurology via Parkinson's News Today
"Vitamins C and E are antioxidants that can be found in fruits and vegetables, such as oranges and broccoli (vitamin C), or almonds, avocado, and spinach (vitamin E). These vitamins are important for general health and are known to prevent cell damage and inflammation.
Now, researchers in Sweden have evaluated the diet of a large population of people — the Swedish National March Cohort — and specifically assessed their consumption of vitamins C and E.
Over the course of the study — which had a mean follow-up of 17.6 years — 465 participants (1%) developed Parkinson’s disease. Importantly, the groups with the highest levels of dietary vitamin C and E each had a 32% decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than those with the lowest levels of these antioxidants."
Focused Ultrasound Shows Potential
to Benefit People with Parkinson's
PNew England Journal of Medicine via News Medical Life Sciences
"More testing is needed, but the approach, which uses a technology called focused ultrasound, could offer a new option for patients whose symptoms are poorly controlled by medications and those who cannot or do not wish to undergo traditional brain surgery.
'This small brain region, the subthalamic nucleus, had a very strong and potent effect on parkinsonian symptoms when we targeted it with precise, focused ultrasound energy,' said researcher Jeff Elias, MD, a neurosurgeon at UVA Health and a pioneer in the field of focused ultrasound. 'The key for the ultimate adoption of this new procedure will be further refinements of the technology to ensure reliability and safety.'"