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Your Weekly News Update for the Week of 12.2.19

Monday December 02, 2019
DBS Parkinson's Treatment May Affect Ability to Swim
Researchers report on the cases of nine patients who were still good swimmers even after they were diagnosed with Parkinson's. After they had deep brain stimulation surgery, their Parkinson's symptoms improved, but they lost their swimming skills.
"Until more research is done to determine why some people with deep brain stimulation can no longer swim, it is crucial that people be told now of the potential risk of drowning and the need for a carefully supervised assessment of their swimming skills before going into deep water," said study author Dr. Daniel Waldvogel, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
Ultrasound Technology May Relieve Parkinson's Symptoms
Medical News Today
The ultrasound device works by relieving tremors on the opposite side of the body to the treatment point. For example, tremors on the right side of the body respond to the treatment on the left side of the brain, and vice versa.
Dr. Bruno and his team presented their findings at the Radiological Society of North America 105th Scientific Assembly in Chicago, IL.
Increased Use of Antibiotics Linked to Greater Parkinson’s Risk
Psych Central
“The link between antibiotic exposure and Parkinson’s fits the current view that in a significant proportion of patients the pathology of Parkinson’s may originate in the gut, possibly related to microbial changes, years before the onset of typical Parkinson motor symptoms such as slowness, muscle stiffness and shaking of the extremities,” says research team leader, neurologist Filip Scheperjans MD, PhD, from the Department of Neurology of Helsinki University Hospital.