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Parkinson’s Disease (can I get It?)

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Hi livegreaterhealth.com/parkinsons has made it with another health issue, Parkinsons Disease. This world is full of sicknesses and diseases that affect millions of people every year. It is going to take all we can do to spread information fast enough to make a difference.

We can’t do it alone, it will take everybody working together. Here at livegreaterhealth, we are going to do what we can with this website, being ever growing. With all the diseases that we face today’says world.

Therefore, our subject is on Parkinson’s Disease. Nearly 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease every year and that’s just the ones we know about, many go undetected. Up to 10 million people in the world maybe living with Parkinson’s. Help tell the world about all the different brain diseases, so we can help the people living with parkinson disease and dementia.

What is Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s affects the central nervous system, it is a long term degenerative disorder, that works on the motor skills of the body. Most usually, affects the middle-aged and elderly people. Some of the symptoms may be the same as Dementia.

Symptoms

The symptoms, may slowly progress, as time goes by.

rigidity
parkinsons disease signs an symptoms

tremors and shaking

decreased motor skills

slowness of movement

muscle weakness the in face

difficulty in balance

sleep

constipation

depression

muscle stiffness

freezing

Hallucinations

Parkinson’s Signs

Walking – we know that movement is a factor in parkinsons disease, for that fact walking maybe one of the first signs that parkinsons signscan be noticed or affected. Short steps and freezing when walking is something to be aware of. This makes it difficult to start and stop when walking.

Balance – since parkinsons affect the walking or movement in the body, it’s no wonder balance will be affected. Now balance is how our body distributes our weight that helps us stand and move around. balance training

Find a good physical fitness trainer to work with and train the right way, to minimize injury.

Memory loss – this is common to have memory loss with parkinsons disease usually not severe. One in four people with parkinsons has dementia, which in turn causes many severe problems.

Voice and speech – there could changes in their voice that can be noticed, a soft tone and words become more difficult to pronounce.

Depression – having depression with parkinsons, feeling down about your condition is very common.

Slouching – this could be a sign if your start seeing this change, a stooper or lean when standing.

Hand writing – this also is a sign, if the writing is bunched together on the page.

Hallucinations

Research has found factors that make it more likely that this problem can develope with Parkinsons. Hallucinations are seeing, hearing, and, feeling things that are not there. This is mostly people with early parkinsons disease.

The way that hallucinations affect you can be very frightful, especially, when you realize, that what your are seeing or hearing is not real. This is a scary feeling, as your can imaging.

As of now, there is no total cure for hallucinations. Some are caused by medications, but usually this happens in about 50% of  later stage patients    Parkinson disease treatment for this, is to be very cautious and extremely careful and in a safe place under supervision.

 

Parkinson’s and the Brain

How does parkinsons affect the brain?

Parkinson’s starts when the nerve cells or neurons in the brain die. There are many parts of the brain that are usually affected. The area of the of the brain that loses neurons next to the base of the brain is called the substantia nigra.

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The brain cells that die produce dopamine, this is one of the chemicals that carry the messages between the neurons. With the decrease in neurons, it impairs the basal ganglia, which are the regions of the brain, that control movement and cordination.

New Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

There is a breakthrough medical procedure where stem cells are administered intravenously(IV) and subcutaneously(under the skin). Usually, a quick treatment takes about an hour with no side affects.

The stem cells that are administered restores damaged cells and tissue as they travel through the body. They also boost the normal cells and help the body repair itself.

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Other Treatments

Prescription Medications – This varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the disease.

Exercise – very beneficial for patients, while almost a must for balance and mobility.

Surgery – brain surgery may be an option, if the symptoms are severe enough. If this happens then usually therapy will be a must and include speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Parkinson’s Gene Therapy

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Gene therapy while not heard about to often in the public eye, is being researched. There are several types of gene therapy symptomatic approaches like ectopic L-dopa, ectopic dopamine synthesis, and ecto L-dopa conversion.

The symptomatic approaches deals with the patients symptoms of parkinsons. The first one is……….

Ectopic dopamine synthesis – this is ectopic L-dopa is produced in the straitum then used in the process of converting L-dopa into dopamine. Dopamine synthesis can be fully ectopic. Where, the enzyme AADC is in charge of converting levodopa to dopamine.

Type 2 is ectopic L-dopa conversion – the gene enzyme replacement therapy that is used to increase the efficacy of the pharmacological L-dopa therapy by using AAV vectors.

Type 3 glutimatic acid decarboxylase expression in the subthalamic nucleus. This is a gene therapy that increases the efficacy of the pharmacological L-dopa therapy by using AAV vectors

Dogs That are Trained to Detect Parkinson’s

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Dogs that are trained to Detect the Smell of Parkinson’s

There is a new initiative of dogs being trained to sniff out parkinsons disease called Parkinson’s Canine Detection Project. How do they do it? By sniffing clothing to determine whether they belong to a patient who might be of risk for Parkinson’s. For more information on this check out Parkinson’s Dogs.

Parkinson’s Breakthrough News

New disease causing breakthrough, we know that the disease is caused by the voluntary movement of the body by the brain region called basal ganglia. It modulates movement by giving the body instructions to move and stop basically at the same time. Which causes the involuntary movements and tremors. Here’s a link for more information on this breakthrough Parkinsons News.

 

Conclusion

In this article we hope livegreaterhealth.com/parkinsons-disease has given you information that helps in your journey for more knowledge on these disease. If we have succeeded in doing that, we have meet one of our goals. Our main goal would be to spread this information to the world, we can’t do it alone. We need your help, so please spread the word. We would like to here from you, so leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to your.

Just a reminder, for more help on dealing with this brain condition, find a Parkinson disease support group.

Thank your for reading this article.

 

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21 Comments

  1. Wow! Good information! I am hearing about good possibilities with stem cells. we also have folks in this country that are against stem cell research I hope we wake up, for we are all at risk to some degree.

    • Very true, this country has went to sleep on many subjects that effect our lives. Thank you for the comment, and if you would like any updates please sign up for our newsletter, so you won’t miss out. If there is anything else I can do for you that you may want to know please leave a message below and I will get back to you.

  2. This is a very sad topic to write about but I am greatful for your information. Raising awarness is the key in developing treatments for a lot of these diseases. Thank you for your contribution.

    • Thank you Hammer for the comment, I’m amazed with the new treatments they are trying these days, in talking about stem cell and gene therapy. If there is anything else you would like to know about, leave me a message below and I will get back to you.

  3. Hi, thanks for great information on this dreadful disease. I remember vividly one of my aunts when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It always terrified me to see her the way she was shaking and how it got worse over time.

    However, back than, there was not much to be done with it. And she refused any kinds of treatment until she finally died after a long battle with the disease.

    New research is coming a long way with stem cells. I had not heard about this treatment before, neither that dogs were trained to help detect the disease. That is amazing, and hopefully they can do things for people with that disease.

    However, one question that has always intrigued me is how can you prevent Parkinson’s in the first place when you are young. Or what is contributing to higher risk of having Parkinson’s? That would be interesting to know and work for it in time.

    Thanks for you informative post,
    Oscar

    • Thanks for the comment Oscar, I will check in on early prevention and it to the site. If you prescribe to my newsletter you won’t miss it when it gets updated. If there is anything else I can help you with leave me a message below and I will get back with you.

  4. Parkinson’s is a terrible disease. I personally know several people who have it currently, and it’s difficult to say the least. One of the things that stuck out to me in your article was the use of dogs to detect early Parkinson’s through scent. That’s very fascinating! Maybe that combined with the gene therapy will help doctors catch and diagnose the disease earlier. Who knows…

    • Thanks for the comment Sarah, advances in technology is doing amazing things to detect parkinsons. Using dogs to detect it and gene therapy to repair it. Sounds like their going in the right direction. If you like sign up to my newsletter and you can get updates on this site. Please leave us a message below if this website helped you in any way.

  5. Thank you for your research on this elusive disease. Because there are not that many sufferers compared to diseases like cancer, do you think this is the reason that drugs are not as prevalent?

    Also, I have read many articles that dogs seem to know when somebody is ill. This can apply to many different types of diseases. Dogs clearly know when a person is down, but the fact that they can detect illnesses is amazing.

    Perhaps somebody should teach dogs to determine which type of disease the person has, or at least what part of the spectrum.

    • Yes I think the more people that get it the more the research will be and the better the medication.

      I think that different dogs can detect different sicknesses.

      Thanks for the comment.

  6. Hi Fred, thanks for such a great informative post. This hit close to home for me as my Grandmother had Parkinson’s disease and it was awful for her. This was 30 years ago and so there wasn’t the treatments that there are now, so she suffered a lot. I never realised there were so many other symptoms, especially the hallucinations. It’s good to know what to look out for and to catch these things early. Do you know if Parkinson’s disease is hereditary? Obviously I would be interested to know this. Thanks.

    • Thanks for the comment Stephanie, yes there is a slim margin that it can be hereditary through the genes, it’s not impossible, but it is rare.The environment, they both factor into it some manner. It’s possible anyone could get it.

  7. Hello Fred, I am glad a lot of people now a days are aware of Alzheimer Disease. There’s a lot of intervention on how we could assist people who have this disease. I work on this population and I saw the emotional pain for both patient and family. It is really sad. Well, great site and very educational and informative. Continue the good news… Like it.

    • Thank you for the comment Jocelyn, your right this a dreadful disease not only for the patient, but really hard on the family. I hope they make good progress on a cure. If you like more health information and updates feel free to sign up to our newsletter.

  8. Hey Fred,

    I love your website. I am learning so much! I thought I knew a lot about different diseases but I really new nothing about Parkinson’s. Great that there is some stem cell research going on as I believe that is far better than Big Pharma’s medication.

    I think Billy Connolly has Parkinson’s. Sad to see such a great comedian go down hill. Keep teaching us new stuff. Appreciate it.

    Kev

    • Thank you for the comment Kevin, If they could ever get this stem cell thing figured out and stop some of this sickness it would be nice. Drugs gets most of us when we get older and have to start taking them. If we can start with natural healing it would extend our lives without drugs.

  9. Parkinson’s is such a cruel disease but it is good to see that funding for research is occurring. The gene therapy and stem cell research is looking very promising. I hope a cure is imminent! The world needs Michael J Fox who has been such a great ambassador for this disease that struck him so young.

    • Thanks for the comment Megan, and yes Michael got struck way to early, also Neil Diamond has been affected by this Disease. I think they will eventually find a cure. We just have to keep fighting.

  10. I am a big Mohammed Ali fan and this disease made me extremely sad for him. I am glad they have some methods of fighting back against it. And thank you for helping me understand the illness better.

    • Thanks for the comment, and you are welcome, there is a lot of people that has some sort of involvement in this disease. This article could help them out in understanding also. We have to spread it around or bring more awareness to it.

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