A personal perspective on Young Onset Parkinson's
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May 19, 2012Posted by on
This video, which a friend pointed out to me on the Guardian’s Web site, is quite intriguing. Its direct relevance to Parkinson’s is minimal, but it does discuss the role of dopamine in the brain and the psychological and sociological results of an excess thereof. Too much dopamine is, of course, precisely the opposite problem to that posed by Parkinson’s. Read more of this post
April 25, 2012Posted by on
The EPDA (European Parkinson’s Disease Association) shared a link to this story on Facebook. I’m passing it on:
It’s a local interest story from Spartanburg in upstate South Carolina, USA. One of the things they talk about is Early Onset (Young Onset) support groups (as distinct from general purpose Parkinson’s support groups, which tend to be dominated by the older PWP – whose perspectives, needs and interests are often quite different to that of the younger person). Now, I do know of one such group not far from me – I just haven’t managed to do anything about it yet. This has reminded me, and pushed the idea further up the to-do list.
March 10, 2012Posted by on
Further to my recent post on DBS (deep brain stimulation), it has been pointed out to me that the brain can be stimulated without surgery to implant a stimulation device. Naturally, the effects of external stimulation are less – and, I imagine, are rather awkward to administer – but at least there is no brain surgery involved.
How effective are these procedures?
(And if you want to skip the academic science-y bit, I’ve included the following options:
- Click here to go straight to my answer to the above question
- Click here to go straight to the fun, “Wow, tDCS is cool!” bit)
February 19, 2012Posted by on
I’m interested in this story because my physiotherapist gave me some weights-based exercises right at the beginning – and because I (unexpectedly) found that I liked them. Part of the reason for that is that they don’t take long and that the equipment doesn’t, really, take up much space (although my weekend bag is inordinately heavy these days). In fact, performing the exercise itself doesn’t take up much space either.
I first spotted the news that weight training is the latest “best” exercise in a Telegraph article, which describes how two groups of Parkinson’s patients were compared, one working with weights, the other following a program called “‘fitness counts’, which includes flexibility, balance and strengthening exercises.” Read more of this post