Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease – Caffeine might help to Control Movement

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that caffeine might help a person with Parkinson’s disease better control their movement. The research was carried out at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) and was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Webster Foundation. The results were published in Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Ronald Postuma, lead author of the study, a researcher in neurosciences at the RI MUHC, and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University, explained that this is one of the first studies to investigate caffeine and its potential help motoring functions with Parkinson’s disease patients. Other research has found a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease among coffee drinkers.

Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis with a Simple Blood Test

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers for the United Kingdom have developed a simple blood test for early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The new breakthrough was reported in the December issue of the FASEB Journal. The blood test is called “phosphorylated alpha-synuclein,” which is a common substance found in the blood of people with Parkinson’s disease.

The UK researchers took blood samples from Parkinson’s patients and from a second group of healthy people. They measured each group for levels of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein in the blood. They found that the Parkinson’s disease patients had increased levels compared to the healthy people. Because of this discovery, the researchers developed a blood test that could measure for the elevated phosphorylated alpha-synuclein levels.

Dr. Oz and Michael J. Fox talk about Parkinson’s disease on Oprah

Dr. Oz and Michael J. Fox talk about Parkinson’s disease on Oprah

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[Best Syndication News] ‘The Oprah Winfrey’ show had an interesting show with Dr. Oz and Michael J. Fox discussing Parkinson’s disease. Fox has been living with Parkinson’s disease and has shown on the show today that even though he is suffering from this nervous system disease he doesn’t stop living his life. He has had Parkinson’s for the past 18 years.

Fox’s wife Tracy Pollen has been his rock he said to Dr. Oz. Fox meant that as a compliment. They seemed to really love each other and have been married for 20 years.

Dr. Oz asked Pollen how their relationship has changed since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She said that when they were first married he was working all the time, which has changed and he now has more time with her. The children said that he is shaky. Pollen said that their children are extremely empathetic. Fox said that sometimes it can be difficult if he has to do something with them at school. Fox seemed to value his time with his children.

The Mediterranean Diet looks like it might be the best way to Prevent Disease

The Mediterranean Diet looks like it might be the best way to Prevent Disease

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[Best Syndication News] If you are wondering which is the healthiest way to eat to ward off such things as heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease then you might want to change your eating habits to be most like the Mediterranean Diet.

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

It is a diet that closely reflects that to the area of people that live in the Mediterranean. The name was coined by Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University's School of Public Health back in the mid-1990s. Willett noticed a food pattern of people in Crete, most of Greece and the southern part of Italy during the 1960’s who seemed to have good health.

The Meditterranean Diet consists of eating primarily plant based foods of legumes, vegetables and fruit. The main staple of dietary fat comes from dairy products such as yogurt or cheese. Meat, such as fish and chicken are consumed only in moderate amounts. Eggs are eaten anywhere from 0 – 4 times per week. Red meat is consumed less frequently and also in small amounts. Wine is consumed, but only in low to moderate amounts.

High Levels of Urate In Blood Lowers Risk For Parkinson’s Disease Progression – Boston Researchers

High Levels of Urate In Blood Lowers Risk For Parkinson’s Disease Progression – Boston Researchers

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(Best Syndication) High levels of urate in the blood are associated with slower progression of Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers in Boston. Urate is a derivative of uric acid and is considered a powerful antioxidant. It helps prevent the oxidative process in human cells.

Oxidation damages cells causing “oxidative stress” which can contribute to the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine. This stress and damage to the cells can lead to Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. It seems natural that a powerful antioxidant would have this type of affect.

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