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Your Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 1.25.21

Monday January 25, 2021
Experts Share Views on Managing Patients’ Sleep Problems
Michael Fox Foundation via Parkinson's News Today
Between symptoms of Parkinson's and the side-effects of modern life, quality sleep can be hard to maintain. Still, with many factors come opportunities to experiment.
“'All of these things together form what we neurologist or sleep physicians call ‘sleep hygiene,’ and it’s really an important part of managing any sleep problem that a person with Parkinson’s will experience,' said Michele Hu, PhD, a professor of clinical neuroscience and consultant neurologist at Oxford University.
“Good sleep hygiene is key” for managing sleep problems in Parkinson’s, added Maria Cristina Ospina, MD, a movement disorder neurologist and assistant professor of clinical neurology at the University of Arizona. 
Hu and Ospina both stressed the importance of avoiding blue-light screens at night, not consuming caffeine or alcohol late in the day, and not taking long daytime naps as ways to help manage sleep problems.
HHS Civil Rights Office Tackles Health Care Discrimination
of People With Disabilities
"Civil rights officials at the Department of Health and Human Services issued a series of actions to protect people with disabilities from health care discrimination by medical providers during the pandemic.
The actions, by the Office of Civil Rights, or OCR, at the Department of Health and Human Services, specifically address discrimination related to the denial of treatment for people with disabilities who have COVID-19 or the symptoms of COVID-19. They include:
  • The start of a process to write regulations that explicitly prohibit medical workers from denying care to people with disabilities based on subjective decisions about the quality of their life or by issuing a Do Not Resuscitate order without the patient's consent or against their stated preference. 
  • revision to the guidelines of four health care systems, in North Carolina, North Texas, Southwest Texas and the Indian Health System, to assure that people with disabilities and older people are not passed over for scarce care, like drug treatments and ventilators."
Evidence Found That Proteins BMP5/7 May Help Slow Parkinson’s
Brain via Parkinson's News Today
"Scientists have found evidence that BMP5 and BMP7, two bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) that have been found to play a role in the development of dopamine-producing neurons, may help slow or even stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
They discovered in a mouse model of Parkinson’s that the two proteins were able to prevent the loss of dopamine-producing neurons triggered by the buildup of alpha-synuclein, a hallmark of the disease.
“These findings are very promising, since they suggest that BMP5/7 could slow or stop Parkinson’s disease progression. Currently, we are focusing all our efforts on bringing our discovery closer to clinical application,” Claude Brodski, MD, said in a press release. Brodski is head of the laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel, and senior author of the study."