Roughly 1.5 million people are afflicted with Parkinson's disease in the United States. Along with a few hundred monkeys. One of those monkeys, perhaps even the tawny-furred rhesus macaque I'm now observing, may hold the key to eradicating this chronic, degenerative, incurable brain disorder. I learn this as I stand before a live video feed in a small laboratory on the second floor of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, a facility tucked away in a leafy corner of Emory University's vast Atlanta campus. Displayed on the monitor is the subject of an experiment—Monkey Number 12, a 12-pound adult female. She slouches in a corner of a large cage in the adjoining room and appears to be in a state of catatonia. Had her dewy, expressionless eyes not been open and blinking, I would have assumed she was paralyzed. I'm reminded of the stricken Robert De Niro character in the movie Awakenings. Monkey Number 12 does not technically have Parkinson's disease. But for the past several … [Read more...] about The Cure for Parkinson’s Disease?
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(Natural News) Although there has been little scientific research conducted so far regarding the use of cannabis to treat Parkinson’s disease, the anecdotal evidence provided by an ex-cop named Larry Smith makes a very strong case for its efficacy.Smith, who served 26 years in law enforcement before retiring in 1999, has been battling Parkinson’s for 20 years. His story is the subject of an upcoming documentary, Ride With Larry, which chronicles his fight against the disease.Larry has been successful in controlling some of his symptoms through exercise, with particular emphasis on the use of a recumbent bicycle. In fact, the documentary follows Larry as he embarks on a 300-mile bike journey across South Dakota.As Larry Smith’s disease progressed, he explored every treatment available to ease the symptoms. Recently, he turned to medical marijuana and found it to be amazingly effective in alleviating his dyskinesia (uncontrollable movements) and other symptoms.On the … [Read more...] about Last resort treatment for Parkinson’s disease: Former cop finds astounding relief from medical marijuana
Researchers in Norway suggest that an answer to what causes Parkinson's disease may lie in the mitochondria - the tiny powerhouses inside cells - of dopamine-producing cells. They found that dopamine cells in diseased brains are less able to protect against aging-related damage in their mitochondrial DNA than cells in healthy brains. Study leader Dr. Charalampos Tzoulis - a neurologist at the University of Bergen and Haukeland University Hospital, both in Norway - and colleagues hope that the discovery will lead to new treatments for Parkinson's disease. They report the findings in the journal Nature Communications. Parkinson's is a progressive, brainwasting disease that affects movement and can manifest as a range of symptoms, including: muscle rigidity; speech problems; tremors in the hands, limbs, jaw, and face; and impaired posture, gait, and balance. Despite decades of research, the exact causes of Parkinson's disease remain a mystery. Experts generally agree that a combination of … [Read more...] about Parkinson’s disease: Could the answer lie in mitochondria of dopamine cells?
New treatments for Parkinson's disease could be in sight, after researchers reveal how inhibiting the activity of a specific protein in the brain could stop or slow development of the disease. What is more, there is already a drug approved for the treatment of leukemia that can block the protein in question. Study co-author Dr. Ted Dawson, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and colleagues publish their findings in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder characterized by movement problems. Symptoms of PD include tremors in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face, problems with balance and coordination, stiffness of the limbs and trunk, and slowed movement. These symptoms worsen as the disease progresses. According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, up to 1 million people in the United States are living with PD, and each year, around 60,000 new cases are diagnosed. While the … [Read more...] about Parkinson’s disease: New protein discovery could fuel new treatments
Researchers who tested a new drug in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease showed it can change the behavior of immune cells so they protect dopamine-producing cells instead of attacking them. The team - including members from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha and Longevity Biotech, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA - reports the findings in The Journal of Neuroscience. Coauthor Dr. Scott Shandler, co-founder and CEO of Longevity Biotech, says: "The results are exciting as they provide a bridge between the immune system and nerve cell protection in Parkinson's disease." Senior author Howard Gendelman, a professor of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience at UNMC, says the idea for the drug was born nearly 10 years ago, when it was discovered that a type of white blood cell was attacking the brain cells that are responsible for Parkinson's disease. He adds: The death of dopamine-producing cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra pars compacta is a … [Read more...] about New drug that protects dopamine cells raises treatment hope for Parkinson’s
In a major breakthrough for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, researchers working with laboratory rats show it is possible to make dopamine cells from embryonic stem cells and transplant them into the brain, replacing the cells lost to the disease. Parkinson's disease is caused by the gradual loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Dopamine is a brain chemical that, among other things, helps regulate movement and emotional responses. There are no cures for Parkinson's disease; there are drugs that ease symptoms, but none that slow it down. Deep brain stimulation can alleviate symptoms of Parkinson's in certain patients. Human embryonic stem cells - precursor cells that have the potential to become any cell of the body - are a promising source of new dopamine cells, but they have proved difficult to harness for this purpose. Now, a breakthrough study from Lund University in Sweden shows it is possible to get human embryonic stem cells to produce a new generation … [Read more...] about Breakthrough in stem cell treatment for Parkinson’s
Imagine you were suffering from these symptoms: Your hands and legs, and even your head begin shaking uncontrollably; you can’t keep your balance, and are in danger of falling, even when you just take a short trip; you can’t speak properly; and your thoughts are getting confused, and depression is beginning to creep in. Now, imagine there was no cure for any of these symptoms and that they’re only going to get worse. That’s what life can be like for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease. Medications and lifestyle changes could slow the progression of symptoms. But, they won’t cure either disease. There is one treatment that holds the potential for a cure—stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy has a lot of controversy surrounding it. Stem cells are taken from live tissue. These cells are then transplanted as a way to replace specific cells damaged or destroyed by disease. It has been a highly contentious … [Read more...] about Help for Parkinson’s Sufferers From This Controversial Therapy
Trying to find drugs to improve the lives of Parkinson’s patients is an ongoing struggle. In a big leap for sufferers, the FDA has just approved a novel drug known as “Azilect” (rasagiline). The first of its type to be approved by the FDA, this drug inhibits the breakdown of dopamine in the brain. It does this by blocking monoamine oxidase type B (MAO- B; an enzyme that breaks down dopamine). This means that the body is able to utilize dopamine more thoroughly. This is particularly important in Parkinson’s treatment because recent studies have found that dopamine levels are especially low in Parkinson’s patients. Dopamine is responsible for submitting information to the part of the brain that facilitates movement and coordination. This is why it’s suspected that Parkinson’s patients have noticeably slower movement control of their body, especially when trying to complete a sequential action. The low dopamine levels slow down the … [Read more...] about New Drug Approved by FDA for Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Thank you to all our Veterans. For far too long– gratitude for service, understanding the depth of emotional wounds, and lack of timely, compassionate care for the physical—have plagued our VA system. It’s time our Veterans become educated and empowered about new and highly effective treatments for wounds both visible, and deeply hidden. Along with the election, came the legalization of marijuana in several states. Make no mistake—we have a long way to go. This is not “pot smoking” like so many believe it to be. This is Cannabis—one of the oldest, most effective medicinal plants—showing up in government PubMed published studies with the potential to help more than a hundred ailments. New treatments from an old favorite are showing promise for everything from cancer and Alzheimer’s—to depression, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, MS, and pain. Endocannabinoids are part of the ECS … [Read more...] about New Hope For Our Veterans-Natural Effective Treatments Without Drugs
Parkinson disease can be difficult to recognize. The cause of this progressive disease is unknown despite decades of rigorous research and study. Early signs of the illness may go overlooked and can be mild. However, diagnosing Parkinson’s disease early can increase a person’s likelihood of living a healthier and longer life. Not everyone experiences Parkinson disease in the same way; the early signs of Parkinson’s are hard to identify. Nevertheless, it is common knowledge for most healthcare professionals that Parkinson’s disease occurs when the human brain stops producing a chemical called dopamine. Simply stated, this important chemical enhances our mood and helps our bodies to move. Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, that is, a person may experience symptoms on one side of his or her body for a several years. In time, the symptoms will worsen on the originally side, while more signs of the disease develop on the other side of … [Read more...] about Parkinson Disease Can Be Difficult to Recognize