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 […]

Is your dizziness hinting at a serious health concern?

Readily determining its cause and how best to treat it — or whether to let it resolve on its own — can depend on how well patients are able to describe exactly how they feel during a dizziness episode

Is your dizziness hinting at a serious health concern?Dizziness is not a disease but rather a symptom that can result from a huge variety of underlying disorders or, in some cases, no disorder at all. Readily determining its cause and how best to treat it — or whether to let it resolve on its own — can depend on how well patients are […]

Researcher’s reveals how dopamine works in Parkinson’s patients

Researchers use high-end technology to examine dopamine levels in Parkinson’s patients who were undergoing brain surgery at thousand times faster rate than previously recorded in humans

Researcher’s reveals how dopamine works in Parkinson’s patientsResearchers from Virginia Tech’s Carilion Institute have known about dopamine’s link to learning for some time, but they wanted to dig a little deeper in a new study. Using high-end technology, the researchers examined dopamine levels in Parkinson’s patients who were undergoing brain surgery at a rate a thousand times faster than previously recorded in […]

Nearly half of women and a third of men will develop dementia, stroke or Parkinson’s, finds study

One in two women and one in three men will likely be diagnosed with dementia, Parkinson's disease, or stroke in their lifetime, estimate Dutch researchers in an observational study published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Nearly half of women and a third of men will develop dementia, stroke or Parkinson’s, finds studyNearly half of women and a third of men over the age of 45 will develop Parkinson’s, dementia or stroke during their lifetime, a new study says. The three conditions are among the leading causes of mortality and disability in the older population, with global costs estimated to be 2% of the annual world gross […]

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 […]

Dementia risk increases for people residing in places with heavy traffic

Emerging research highlights a new element that might influence the chances of developing dementia - living close to major, busy roads, such as highways or motorways

Dementia risk increases for people residing in places with heavy trafficDementia describes a wide range of brain illnesses that progressively lead to the loss of cognitive functioning. It affects reasoning, memory, behaviour, and the ability to perform daily tasks. The World Health Organization (WHO) report that approximately 47.5 million adults are currently affected by dementia worldwide. The most common risk factors are age, family history, […]

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 […]

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Anne Hill, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland, Australia, conducted a session on experience in speech and language telerehabilitation. According to her, there is a growing body of evidence for the use of telerehabilitation in speech pathology especially in people affected with Parkinson's and stroke. So, it’s about taking that evidence and putting it into services

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’Dr Anne Hill explained, “Telerehabilitation is the delivery of services over distance using some form of technology. It enables us to provide access to services. This is especially important to people in rural areas or people in urban areas, who have difficult accessing services.” Dr Hill, whose speciality area is speech pathology said, “People who […]