Category: Parkinson’s News

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Intense exercise may help keep Parkinson’s disease at bay CanIndia News

Intensive exercise could slow the course of Parkinson’s disease, suggests a study, which could pave the way for new non-drug approaches. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, identified a new mechanism responsible for the positive effects of exercise on brain plasticity. It showed that exercise performed in the early stages of the disease […]
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Fighting back against Parkinson’s

For a long time, the symptoms were so mild that few people outside of Jerry’s immediate family noticed. But after Jerry was hospitalized with pneumonia and then her husband died in 2019, the disease seemed to become more aggressive. Within a few months, Jerry could no longer live independently and moved in with her daughter, Tammy […]
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Step out for Parkinson’s

Two thousand individuals are currently diagnosed with Parkinson’s on the Sunshine Coast and they need your help. More than 400 walkers are raising crucial […]
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Hospital now offers speech therapy for Parkinson’s patients – Eureka Springs Times-Echo

Eureka Springs Hospital now offers speech therapy to improve communication and quality of life for patients living with Parkinson’s disease. Speech therapist Lee Harvill recently became certified in LSVT LOUD, a type of speech therapy that has been scientifically validated for the last 30 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations.
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High Frequency of Household Pesticide Exposure Can Double the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease Among the General Population – Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog

(Beyond Pesticides, July 11, 2023) A study published in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders finds high exposure to household pesticides increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD) two-fold. There is a multitude of epidemiologic research on Parkinson’s disease demonstrating several risk factors, including specific genetic mutations and external/environmental triggers (i.e., pesticide use, pollutant exposure, etc.). However, several studies find exposure to chemical toxicants, like pesticides, has neurotoxic effects or exacerbates preexisting chemical damage to the nervous system. Past studies suggest neurological damage from oxidative stress, cell dysfunction, and synapse impairment, among others, can increase the incidence of PD following pesticide exposure. Despite the widespread commercialized use of household pesticides among the general population, few epidemiologic studies examine the influence household pesticides have on the risk of PD, although many studies demonstrate the association between PD onset via occupational (work-related) pesticide exposure patterns. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, with at least one million Americans living with PD and about 50,000 new diagnoses annually. Alzheimer’s ranks first. The disease affects 50 percent more men than women, and individuals with PD have a variety of symptoms, including loss of muscle control and trembling, anxiety and depression, constipation and urinary difficulties, dementia, and […]