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Monday April 29, 2019
Parkinson's Treatment Results
Beyond Researchers' Wildest Dreams
BBC News
Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of electrical stimulation to their spines.
"This is a completely different rehabilitation therapy," he said. "We had thought that the movement problems occurred in Parkinson's patients because signals from the brain to the legs were not getting through. But it seems that it's the signals getting back to the brain that are degraded."
Researchers are wonderfully surprised that the treatment was long-lasting and worked even when the implant was turned off; they believe the electrical stimulus reawakens the feedback mechanism from legs to brain that is damaged by Parkinson's.
Lack of Tissue Oxygenation from Sleep Apnea
Linked to Parkinson’s, Study Suggests
Parkinson's News Today
"Lack of tissue oxygenation associated with episodes of upper airway obstruction in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) may increase the levels of alpha-synuclein in the blood and may contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease, a study says.
The study, 'Plasma α‐synuclein levels are increased in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome,' was published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology."
Dancing Helps People With Parkinson's
Forbes
Dancing regularly gives people more control of their balance, and makes them less likely to fall. A Senior Research Associate at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts in Switzerland, Dawn Rose has studied the effect of rhythm and dancing in people with Parkinson’s for several years and is currently looking at rhythmically guided movement therapy, where people are learning drumming rhythms to help them move more regularly.
"It starts off quite small, with some little hand drums,” says Rose. After learning the rhythms, people move on to bigger instruments and larger movements. “The bigger the movement, the more beneficial the therapy seems to be.”