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Your Weekly News Update for the Week of 1.14.19

Monday January 14, 2019
Medication-Free Ways to Treat Parkinson’s
U.S. News & World Report
From double-cycling to aqua therapy, health reporter Heidi Godman shares a whole realm of possible approaches to treating Parkinson's. She points out that, sometimes in tandem with medication or Deep Brain Stimulation, the individualized experience of Parkinson's requires more individualized treatment. Have you considered singing, tai chi, or acupuncture?
Punching Back at Parkinson's
Kent Reporter
"Bob Minister and Parkinson’s became acquainted 16 years ago, and every day since, they’ve fought each other, tooth and nail.
From the day of his diagnosis, the 63-year-old Kent man has been punching back, doing whatever he can to ward off the horrible effects of this progressive, debilitating disease, which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function."
FDA Approves Scalpel-free Treatment for Parkinson's Tremor
"The federal Food and Drug Administration has approved a new, scalpel-free treatment for tremor in patients with medication-resistant Parkinson's.
The procedure, called focused ultrasound, allows doctors to perform brain surgery without cutting into the skull. It was shown safe and effective for reducing medication-resistant Parkinson's tremor in clinical trials led by neurosurgeon Jeff Elias, MD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine."
Meditation and Parkinson’s: Looking for Lightness of Being
Parkinson's News Today
"Living with Parkinson's is like carrying a large backpack of rocks. It is at times a crushing burden that can overwhelm. Balance needs to be established in my life so that the work I do in fighting the disease does not consume me. I must spend time looking for lightness of being to balance out the heavy Parkinson's burden. I do this through a regular practice of meditation."
Gout Linked to Elevated Risk of Parkinson's
Renal & Urology News
Researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham have outlined the correlation between inflammatory arthritis conditions common in the elderly, such as gout, and increased oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. The latter has the potential to increase risk for Parkinson's.
"Previous studies have demonstrated an antioxidant effect of urate, they noted, but acute and chronic inflammatory states in gout patients could negate these antioxidant effects of urate, if this exists physiologically."