Hope for patients with Parkinson’s

Hope for patients with Parkinson's

The development of Parkinson’s disease. And more…

Parkinson’s is an incurable progressive developing disease that takes over the body and deprives a man to have a control over it. It affects the movements and the nervous system, causes tremors, stiffness, poor posture and balance, changes in speech and other life-altering symptoms. This gradual loss of motor skills is because of the decreasing number of neurons that control dopamine in the brain.

At first suffers the motor function, leading to the development of characteristic disorders – tremors in hands and feet, walking with small shuffling steps, slow movements.

Over time the disease is destroying the neurons, and this leads to a gradual lowering of the energy of the sick person.

It is now possible to detect Parkinson’s earlier

Early symptoms are often explained by the aging of the body. The disease most often occurs in people 50 years of age, but the first signs may occur earlier.

Nowadays there are a number of reliable diagnostic methods for Parkinson’s disease at the initial stages. There are developed many preparations to relieve the condition. There are lots of drugs, which are helping to prevent a recurrence of symptoms. A possible treatment is an operation which allows putting a special electrode in the brain, which stimulates the brain with electrical impulses. All this can significantly reduce the symptoms of the disease.

… The secret to prevention probably lies in … dancing?

The search for new ways of preventing and treating Parkinson’s disease continues. And now scientists recently noticed an interesting fact: people who deal professionally with dance, do not suffer from this disease.

To fully explore this question, researchers from the Center for Science and Health, University of Texas conducted the first tomographic study of the impact of dance movements on the human body by scanning the brain.

In the survey appeared a question: how dancers orient themselves in space? How to change the pace of movement, particularly of pacing, how to train the complex and successive movements forming dance figures?

Especially relevant is that the final results show that people establish an idea of the complex brain activity when performing even the simplest dance moves.

Neuroscientists believe that this instinct is unique.

Each person has a natural sense of rhythm. Most of us see it as something natural: we hear music, we begin unconsciously tapped a foot or shake our head. But whatever is the purpose of this instinct, it is unique. The rhythm rules us on a subconscious level.

Dancing – a specific form of self-expression

Dancing is a combination of rhythm, movements, and expressive gestures, even more, it also requires an even higher degree of coordination between partners.

Without any doubts, we recommend you to dance – no matter how old are you, no matter where you are. Dancing is not only medicine against loneliness, depression, and diseases.

After all, any dance movements activate not only the muscle-joint system but all areas of  the brain.

Researchers from the London School reached another curious conclusion. It turns out that if a person knows how to dance, but at a time does not dance and only watch people dancing and mentally mimic their movements, this activates all areas of the brain.

Modern medicine keeps the patient in good condition

This applies to many chronic diseases, and for Parkinson’s disease as well. Tactics treatment of this disease includes two main tasks. Firstly, to stop the decreasing of dopamine cells in the brain and secondly, to reduce the signs of the disease. When the disease is in its early stage, the patient takes antioxidants and vitamins in large doses.

The interaction of medicines and food is important!

To prevent nausea and dry mouth can help drinking lots of water and fluids. But now you have to comply with the state of your cardiovascular system and then decide with your doctor whether you have the right to take such liquids.

To avoid being thirsty with a dry mouth, limit the amount of caffeine. It interferes with the action of certain drugs, and it is known to remove the liquids from the body. It is mostly found in coffee, tea, chocolate, cola. Don’t consume these products or reduce them to a minimum.

The main purpose of drug therapy: To overcome the shortage of dopamine in the brain

Only in this way can relieve the symptoms of the disease. To be objective, the traditional treatment with drugs only reduces the symptoms of the disease and provide more or less normal life for some time.

Fighting Parkinson’s disease with other therapeutic methods

These are physical therapy, speech therapy, intake of bio-active supplements. For example, there is the research that for Parkinson’s disease is a very useful co-enzyme Q10.

When the symptoms can no longer be controlled by conservative treatment methods, it is better to resort to surgery. It is most suitable for people with a strong tremor.

The most extreme method of treating Parkinson’s disease today is the surgical operation. It allows the transplantation of cells which produce dopamine in the brain of the patient. This method still does not receive full recognition as a real treatment method. Also, there is no accurate confirmation of its effectiveness.

The latest hit: Treatment with stem cells

Unfortunately, the surgical method of treatment for Parkinson’s disease is not a panacea for all patients. This operation allows a significant reduction of the overall health condition and medical products still have to be taken either before although in smaller quantities.

Breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson’s:

Stem cells will replace the damaged nerves and eliminate the symptoms.

The new treatment brings hope for patients with Parkinson’s. This is great scientific discovery made in research with stem cells. Swedish researchers have discovered how to recreate motor neurons that disappear in the brains of patients with Parkinson’s. They have published their findings in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

Scientists at Lund University have used human embryonic stem cells (hESC) from in vitro fertilized embryos and grow them into motor nerve cells. The cells were transplanted into the brains of rats suffering from Parkinson’s. As a result of this 5 months study, the dopamine levels rose back to normal values. Currently, one million people are living with Parkinson’s disease in the United States and  96 percent of them hear this diagnosis after the age of 50.

This study is only the first step towards a new treatment, but it is a huge and important finding in the study of Parkinson’s disease.

In addition, they will have to discover if they can use this method on people. Currently, they are making clinical trials on humans, but scientists will be ready in 2017.

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About Jane Peterson

Jane Peterson is a supportive nutrition and fitness coach and registered dietitian nutritionist known for her health advices and innovative ideas to inspire and motivate people to reach their goals. She has a passion for personal training and enjoys motivating people, using specific exercise programs and track their progression for success. As a parent herself, Jane Peterson knows what it means to have to work hard to keep a good shape during pregnancy and after having a baby. She is interested about improving the way children eat, pediatric nutrition and family meal planning. Jane has several years of personal and professional experience and is practicing as a freelance food and health writer. She works personally with a small number of hand picked clients, transforming their health and their physiques using her four key elements of wellness: lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and supplementation.