A personal perspective on Young Onset Parkinson's
Tag Archives: Parkinson’s
February 29, 2012Posted by on
In my last post, I discovered that at least one group of researchers had found that your risk of developing Parkinson’s increases with your level of education (which is standing in for intelligence as I’m not sure how trustworthy intelligence tests really are). Read more of this post
February 25, 2012Posted by on
I’ve come across conjecture that a certain type of person is more likely to develop Parkinson’s a number of times now, most recently in the film about Barbara Thompson described in my last post. Barbara’s consultant suggested that people who are in some way driven or obsessed were more likely to get Parkinson’s. Other, vaguer, sources have suggested that Parkies are inherently more intelligent than average.
February 11, 2012Posted by on
Further to my former post on the subject of tai chi as therapy for Parkinson’s, I see that there are reports of exercise regimes based on the martial art being the best (of those compared) for Parkinson’s patients.
A Statement issued by the American PDF (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation) on the subject of “Tai Chi and Balance Problems in Parkinson’s” cites research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In this study, three exercise regimes were compared:
- resistance training for strength building
- Tai Chi
January 17, 2012Posted by on
You may recall my post about ballet a while back. Well, it seems that there is still interest from the media in the subject – and from researchers, too.
It’s a video article, and you can watch it here:
The study is being performed by scientists at London’s Roehampton University. I have heard resentment among other people with Parkinson’s that research money is being spent on this – which we already “know” helps – and not on a cure. I would guess that the amount being spent on this is probably very small – the classes were already being run – and I think that it may help to confirm the benefits, and maybe even establish the “best” type of exercise.