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Your Weekly Parkinson's News Update for the Week of 12.10.18

Monday December 10, 2018
Two Coffee Compounds Protect Mouse Brains against Parkinson’s
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
A compound found in the waxy coating of coffee beans may work in synergy with caffeine to protect against Parkinson’s, according to results reported by scientists at Rutgers Biomedical and Health. Prior studies have linked coffee drinking with a reduced risk of Parkinson's, and it’s been assumed that the beneficial component in the brew is caffeine.
A Gut-Brain Link for Parkinson’s Gets a Closer Look
Science News
Today, the idea that Parkinson’s might arise from the intestine, not the brain, “is one of the most exciting things in Parkinson’s disease,” says Heinz Reichmann, a neurologist at the University of Dresden in Germany. Additionally, researchers speculate that some sort of pathogen, perhaps a virus, might travel along the body’s nervous system, leaving a trail of Lewy bodies.
"There is no shortage of passageways: The intestine contains so many nerves that it’s sometimes called the body’s second brain. And the vagus nerve offers a direct connection between those nerves in the gut and the brain."
Home Treatment of Parkinson’s through
Remotely Supervised Brain Stimulation
BioMed Central
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a type of noninvasive brain stimulation: a mild electrical current is passed through two or more scalp electrodes placed to target a specific brain region. Early signs of therapeutic benefits include both the improvement of symptoms across central nervous system (CNS) disorders (e.g., depressed mood), and especially to enhance training outcomes when paired with a rehabilitative activity (e.g., cognitive or motor exercises). "tDCS is presumed to increase the brain’s plasticity during the stimulation period, with repeated application or treatment yielding the most consistent persisting effects in brain excitability and clinically relevant effects."
Minnesota Neighbors Help Man with Parkinson's
Continue Christmas Light Tradition
Minnesota Fox 9
For the past decade, Mike Justak decorated his house with lights to help raise money for those like him battling Parkinson's. Last year was supposed to be the final year of the display, until his neighbors stepped in.
“I am [in] the best neighborhood in Minnesota,” Justak said. “This neighborhood has been so supportive from the start.”