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My Workout: Exercising to fight Parkinson's

Wednesday December 26, 2012

Who: Barry Carlson, 70, Portland; 5 feet 7 inches, 160 pounds.

For the 35th year in a row, Carlson completed the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim in Hood River on Labor Day. Normally he makes the crossing in about 24 minutes but in 2006 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The swim now takes him about 35 minutes. His son Tary follows him in a kayak so he can take breaks. Carlson's wife of 22 years, Sharon Thorne, says, "His determination is strong; his will to finish keeps him at it." Still, this year's swim was likely his last.

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Silent Stroke Can Cause Parkinson's Disease

Wednesday December 26, 2012

A "small stroke", also known as a "silent stroke" can cause Parkinson's disease - this explains why some people who are outwardly health may develop the disease.

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Knicks exec is as tough as his team

Wednesday December 26, 2012

Maybe the New York Knicks had already guessed that something was amiss, that their director of pro scouting and free agency, John Gabriel, was not quite the same man they hired in 2008. Maybe they had noticed a twitch or a tremor, or had taken a quick mental snapshot of an otherwise vibrant 50-something executive traveling cautiously down a flight of stairs.

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Genetic manipulation of urate alters neurodegeneration in mouse model of Parkinson's disease

Wednesday December 26, 2012

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers adds further support to the possibility that increasing levels of the antioxidant urate may protect against Parkinson's disease. In their report published in PNAS Early Edition, the investigators report that mice with a genetic mutation increasing urate levels were protected against the kind of neurodegeneration that underlies Parkinson's disease, while the damage was worse in animals with abnormally low urate.

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Sing Out for Joyous Holidays, Healthy New Year

Wednesday December 26, 2012

From Ireland to Slovenia, patrons can stop by a pub or tavern and feel reasonably sure that song will break out. All over Africa, hospitals, hotels and businesses have employee choral groups that meet after work to entertain each other and visitors.

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Dial-A-Diagnosis? The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative

Tuesday December 18, 2012

FLORIDA — BACKGROUND: Parkinson’s disease is a condition of the brain affecting approximately six million people. It is most commonly characterized by slowness of movement, stiffness, shaking, and loss of balance. Parkinson’s often develops after the age of 50. Although Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common nervous system disorders for the elderly, it can affect young people too, usually because a form of the disease runs in their family. Nerve cells use a brain chemical called dopamine to control muscles. When the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine are destroyed as a result of Parkinson’s, the nerve cells in that particular part of the brain will not properly send messages. The result is the loss of muscle control. The damage gets worse over time.

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Parkinsons' patients fight back with boxing moves

Tuesday December 18, 2012

A boxing program for Parkinson's patients is steadily expanding beyond Indiana's borders.

Rock Steady, which was started in 2006 by former Marion County Prosecutor Scott Newman - who is a Parkinson's patient himself - has several affiliates in central Indiana and in Florida, Ohio and California.

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Acupuncture Slows Parkinson’s Disease - New Discovery

Tuesday December 18, 2012

New research reveals how acupuncture protects the brain in areas damaged by Parkinson’s disease. Scientists at the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine have discovered two acupuncture points that prevent the breakdown of an important brain protecting enzyme, tyrosine hydroxylase. This enzyme helps the body to create L-DOPA, an important dopamine precursor and drug used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It is now known that acupuncture prevents decreases of the L-DOPA creating enzyme in the thalamic portions of the brain thereby improving the motor function that is destroyed by Parkinson’s disease.

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10 New Years and Holiday Recommendations for People with Parkinson's

Tuesday December 18, 2012

The holidays can be a bittersweet time for many of us, who have a tough enough time negotiating life with Parkinson's during normal months. With the holidays there's more potential for difficulties. There's temptation to indulge in excess food and drink, and crowds of people in malls and on the road, it's cold in many places, and it get's dark early. You see family and friends who have not seen you in a while since maybe things have progressed. It can all be rather overwhelming.

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Dance program helps slow Parkinson’s symptoms

Thursday December 13, 2012

Parkinson’s disease is a condition of the brain that disables those affected. Its characteristics include slowness of movement, shaking, stiffness and loss of balance.

But a program held every Thursday at the Edmonds Senior Center seems to help those afflicted with Parkinson’s.

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