Singing can help relieve symptoms and improve mood of Parkinson’s patients

Singing helps people with Parkinson’s disease to control their movements and walk more easily, according to new research. Scientists found that singing for an hour reduced shaking in Parkinson’s patients’ hands, arms and legs and made them steadier on their feet – although they don’t know why it has this effect

Singing can help relieve symptoms and improve mood of Parkinson’s patientsRecently, researchers from Iowa State University in Ames ran a pilot study to investigate the impact of singing on a small group of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The study was headed up by Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the university. The researchers presented their findings earlier this week at the Society for […]

Innovative brain pacemaker could help improve Parkinson’s treatment

A new, smart implant that ‘listens’ to brain signals could help treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease

Innovative brain pacemaker could help improve Parkinson’s treatmentDoctors use neurostimulation to treat various conditions, including epilepsy, the effects of stroke, and even depression. This treatment involves using special devices that send electrical impulses to control the activity of the brain and central nervous system. Doctors sometimes also use this technique to improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a neurological condition that affects […]

Coffee might provide protection against Parkinson’s disease, finds study

Coffee is thought to protect the brain against Parkinson’s disease. A recent study investigates which compounds might give coffee its neuroprotective powers. The findings may eventually lead to innovative new treatments

Coffee might provide protection against Parkinson’s disease, finds studyParkinson’s progressive, neurodegenerative condition and, currently, there is no cure. Modern treatments can only help manage symptoms. Symptoms include stiffness and difficulty with balance and coordination   Scientists do not understand why some people develop Parkinson’s disease, but others do not. However, they have unpicked some of the neurological changes that take place. One of […]

Scientists link the appendix to be the starting point of Parkinson’s disease

Removing the appendix early in life reduces the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 19 to 25 per cent, according to the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind. The findings solidify the role of the gut and immune system in the genesis of the disease

Scientists link the appendix to be the starting point of Parkinson’s diseaseParkinson’s disease could originate in the appendix, according to one of the largest studies of the neurodegenerative illness. A peek at surgically removed appendix tissue shows this tiny organ, often considered useless, seems to be a storage depot for an abnormal protein — one that, if it somehow makes its way into the brain, becomes […]

People with hepatitis B, C more likely to develop Parkinson’s

The study found that people with hepatitis B were 76 percent and people with hepatitis C were 51 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's

People with hepatitis B, C more likely to develop Parkinson’sThe viruses hepatitis B and C may both be associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published in the March 29, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The hepatitis virus affects the liver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Parkinson’s patient gets a new lease of life after knee surgery

Doing total knee replacement with patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease is uncommon and becomes a challenging situation

Parkinson’s patient gets a new lease of life after knee surgeryTotal knee replacement can be considered as one of the effective tool in alleviating pain in short term as well as long term periods for the people suffering from severe arthritis and osteoporosis Dr Chintan Hegde, Joint Replacement surgeon at SRV Mamata Hospital performed successful total knee replacement surgery on 56-year-old man who was suffering […]

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  

Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells and researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of the neurotransmitter chemical

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  Japanese scientists said on Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, transplanting ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative disorder. The clinical trials come after researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University successfully used human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to restore functioning brain cells […]

Regular high-intensity exercise can delay Parkinson’s disease  

People with early stage Parkinson's may be able to delay a worsening of the disease through a regimen of intense exercise. Existing studies had already noted that exercise was beneficial for people with Parkinson's disease, but this was the first time that the effects of different intensities had been targeted by research

Regular high-intensity exercise can delay Parkinson’s disease  Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative motor system disorder characterised by uncontrolled tremor in various body parts, especially the arms and legs, as well as poor balance and coordination of movements. A phase II clinical trial, called the Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise (SPARX), was recently conducted by researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of […]

Excess calcium levels in the brain may lead to Parkinson’s disease

Calcium links nerve endings with a protein for critical brain cell communication. Parkinson's disease occurs when these proteins fold into the wrong shape Excessive calcium can trigger cell death regardless of dietary-calcium intake. The findings offers new hope as drugs, such as calcium blockers, could treat the disorder

Excess calcium levels in the brain may lead to Parkinson’s diseaseResearchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, found that calcium can mediate the interaction between small membranous structures inside nerve endings, which are important for neuronal signalling […]

WCNR 2018: Experts discuss challenges in treating Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's disease affects roughly around one lakh people in India. Health experts say that due to poor awareness among general population, this common neurodegenerative disorder goes undetected in many. This was one prime reason why Parkinson's disease remained an important topic in a public forum at the 10th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation

WCNR 2018: Experts discuss challenges in treating Parkinson’s diseaseAt the WCNR 2018 conference, Dr Charulata Sankhla, consultant neurophysician at PD Hinduja Hospital gave a talk on the challenges in Parkinson’s disease treatment. The session witnessed a huge participation by patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, it was anchored by the NGO Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Society (PDMDS) “Motor symptoms in […]