Entries by AMPadmin

Understanding What Parkinson’s Progression Means to Each Patient

Every day following the ruin of stagnation, it seems that I have progressed from early Parkinson’s to a moderate stage of the disease. But I can’t be sure. Many other factors, including stress, injuries, medication changes, and aging, could be making it look and feel worse. To appease my quandary, I dove into the internet, […]

Dosing Begins in Phase 2 Trial of CNM-Au8, Potential Therapy for Dopaminergic Neurons

A pilot Phase 2 study evaluating CNM-Au8, an investigational Parkinson’s treatment aiming to protect nerve cells, has started dosing patients, the therapy’s developer, Clene Nanomedicine, announced. The open-label REPAIR-PD (NCT03815916) clinical trial is enrolling up to 24 people, ages 30 to 80 and diagnosed within the past three years, at its one site at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical […]

Deep Brain Stimulation May Impair Swimming Ability and Increase Risk of Drowning, Case Studies Suggest

Patients who undergo deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s disease may lose their ability to swim, even if their motor symptoms improve after the treatment or if they were formerly proficient swimmers, a collection of nine case studies has found. The study, “Beware of deep water after subthalamic deep brain stimulation,” was published in the […]

Parkinson’s Changes the Rules: It’s OK to Ask for Help

We all have a fundamental desire to help our loved ones, and this is particularly true of those of us with early-onset Parkinson’s disease. Life moves along, and we try to advance with it. We are used to taking care of our responsibilities. But when we have Parkinson’s, the rules change. I was trying to […]

Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke Linked to Lower Risk of Developing Parkinson’s, Study Suggests

Second-hand smoke may have a neuroprotective effect, as exposure to this type of indoor pollutant seems to be associated with a decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a recent study. Conversely, exposure to certain air pollutants — like nitrogen dioxide and ozone — might contribute to a higher risk of developing the disease. […]

Managing the Cost of Chronic Illness

Chronic illness is expensive. It costs money, time, and peace of mind. Whether you’re sifting through your worries or counting the pennies in your pocket, illnesses affect all avenues of life. Before the symptoms of a disease appear, one may go about daily life unencumbered by thoughts of self-preservation. But disease changes everything.  According to […]

I’ve Made BIG Improvements with Parkinson’s Therapy Program

I have been seeing a physical therapist four times a week for the last month. I hadn’t injured myself, though I experience aches and pains with Parkinson’s disease. My neurologist referred me to a physical therapist who teaches the BIG program. The LSVT BIG program is designed for people with Parkinson’s to bring their movements […]

Brain Cells Will be Studied in Space to Better Understand Parkinson’s and MS

An ongoing study onboard the International Space Station (ISS) is investigating how microgravity affects the development of immune cells in the brain, with the goal of understanding the cellular processes behind the neurodegeneration seen in Parkinson’s disease and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). Scientists hope that the results of the study will provide new disease biomarkers […]

RightEye’s Vision System for Early Diagnosis Named ‘Breakthrough Device’ by FDA

RightEye’s Vision System, an advanced eye-tracking device that measures eye tremors to help diagnose Parkinson’s disease at early stages, has been designated a breakthrough device by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This FDA designation is given select medical devices or products that aim to more effectively treat or diagnose ” life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases.” It streamlines […]

Plant-based Diets: What About Dairy?

Plant-based diets might aid in the prevention and reversal of disease. People with Parkinson’s disease can benefit from plant-based diets. Plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan diets I became a vegetarian over 10 years ago. I chose not to eat red meat, chicken, or fish for animal welfare reasons. After my Parkinson’s diagnosis, I eliminated dairy products […]