Coping Tips for Advancing Parkinson’s Disease

Each year more than 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s diseaseand more than a million are living with the neurological disorder. While Parkinson’s is not fatal, it is progressive and that requires patients and families to learn tips and strategies that may slow the progression of the disease and help the individual with Parkinson’s remain active…

Drugs for Parkinson’s: The Shocking Side Effects

There are 2 main categories of drugs for Parkinson’s Disease, and both have powerful side effects: levodopa, which makes many patients shaky with dyskinesia, and dopamine agonists, which can make turn people into gamblers, sex addicts or hit them with ‘sleep attacks’ — including when they’re driving. This is the story of DA. At least…

Alternative Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

The term alternative therapy, in general, is used to describe any medical treatment or intervention that has not been scientifically documented or identified as safe or effective for a specific condition. Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of disciplines including acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage, and many others. Vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, and uric acid…

Recognize Parkinson’s Awareness Month this April

Over 20,000 people in Wisconsin are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that leads to diminished ability to regulate movements, body and emotions. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and Ursula Whelan, facilitator for the Chippewa Falls Parkinson’s support group, said it is a great opportunity to learn more about the disease, especially if you…

Parkinson’s patient fighting for his life

It’s early on a Monday morning at Westwood Health & Fitness, and 74-year-old Howie Kule is wrapping up an intense training session with boxing instructor Ron O’Neill. “Hit with power. Hit with everything you’ve got,” O’Neill shouts, the slap of Kule’s forceful strikes against his trainer’s mitts reverberating throughout the workout studio. Outfitted in patriotic boxing gloves, Kule responds steadily to O’Neill’s direction as he prompts different boxing combinations. “One, one, two,” O’Neill yells, as Kule performs…

Early symptoms of Parkinson’s: the voice

Parkinson’s disease patients often experience difficulties with their voices: modulations in the speech change and the voice can get a bit breathy. On the occasion of the 4th i-PROGNOSIS consortium meeting, Prof. Julia Johnson, Clinical Lead Speech and Language therapist at the Kings College Hospital gave a presentation about voice and swallowing-related symptoms of Parkinson’s….

Super-fast Parkinson’s app will track symptoms more closely

A smartphone app that uses deep learning lets people with Parkinson’s disease test their symptoms at home in just four minutes. The app could help people monitor the disease’s progression more closely, and uncover how lifestyle factors may affect their symptoms. “There’s very little understanding as to how Parkinson’s arises, and patients say that every…

What People With Parkinson’s Disease Really Want

Two years ago, Ann Newbould sat in her living room, in despair over her husband’s fatigue. It wasn’t just that he was tired — it was much more than that. Ever since Jim — a former athlete, scuba diver and business owner — was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he seemed to have extreme fatigue that kept him (and Ann)…

Cancer Drug Helps Parkinson’s Patients

A pill usually prescribed to treat leukemia has had dramatic effects in a few patients with Parkinson’s disease, doctors reported Saturday. Doctors hoped it might stop the steady and unstoppable progression of Parkinson’s, but it also appears to have reversed some of the worst symptoms in 10 of the 12 patients who tried it. It’ll…