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Dec. 4, 2015
The high incidence of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, ischemic stroke, trauma, essential tremors, and particularly Parkinson's disease is the primary factor boosting the global market for deep brain stimulation devices. In the last couple of years, Parkinson's disease has emerged as one of the most common and progressive neurological disorders, characterized by tremors due to loss of dopamine-producing neurons, postural instability, akinesia, and bradykinesia.
Driven by Increasing Incidence of Parkinson's Disease, Global Deep Brain Stimulation Devices Market Poised to Reach US$9.4 Bn in 2019
The high incidence of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, ischemic stroke, trauma, essential tremors, and particularly Parkinson's disease (PD) is the primary factor boosting the global market for deep brain stimulation devices. In the last couple of years, Parkinson's disease has emerged as one of the most common and progressive neurological disorders, characterized by tremors due to loss of dopamine-producing neurons, postural instability, akinesia, and bradykinesia. According to reports, Parkinson's disease is becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S. The disease is slightly more common in men, but the prevalence of the disease among the female population also seems to be on the rise in recent years. Whilst a therapeutic approach ensuring complete cure of the disease is yet to be discovered, science has made some major improvements in slowing its impact on patients over time.
What is Deep Brain Stimulation and How Does It Help Treat Patients with Neurological Disorders?
Deep brain stimulation, also known as DBS, is a surgical procedure in which a pacemaker-like device is implanted to send signals to the brain areas that are responsible for body movement. In the surgical process, electrodes are placed at a remote brain location. These are then connected to a stimulator or battery device. A neurostimulator is also placed in the setup, which uses the electric pulses sent by electrodes to regulate brain activities. DBS has achieved much significance in the healthcare industry in the last few years, due to its ability to reduce symptoms such as slowness of movement, tremors, walking problems, and stiffness, which are common in people suffering from movement disorders. Deep brain stimulation has therefore emerged as a viable option for patients suffering from any type of movement disorder, such as Parkinson's disease or dystonia. A successful DBS procedure allows patients to better manage the symptoms, effectively bring down their medication, and improve the overall quality of their life.
In a recently published market report, Transparency Market Research has forecast that the global deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices market will exhibit a robust CAGR of 11% from 2013 to 2019. If the forecast holds true, the global DBS market, which stood at US$4.5 bn in 2012, will reach US$9.4 bn in 2019.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
December 03, 2015
Locked away in labs poring over pipettes and petri dishes, medical research may not seem like the most artistic of professions
|Nancy Whitfield's “Broken Places" memoir was released in July. Matt Born/StarNews|
Nancy Whitfield hasn't let Parkinson's disease slow her down
By Ben Steelman
Published: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
OCEAN ISLE BEACH -- It all started eight years ago.
"First, I lost my sense of smell," said Nancy Whitfield, who now lives in Ocean Isle Beach.
Whitfield, who had a busy job at the time, thought little about it until a couple of months later when she and her husband, Rick, took off for a wedding in Florida. She loved dancing and couldn't wait to get out on the floor at the reception.
Then, "all of a sudden, my legs wouldn't move," Whitfield said.
Back home, she did a Google search of the symptoms. Before her doctor could give her the news, she thought, "Parkinson's disease."
A disorder of the nervous system, Parkinson's affects the muscles' ability to move. Its most common symptom is a tremor in the hands. "But it settles on different parts of the body," Whitfield said. In her case, it affects her legs.
Whitfield, however, hasn't let the disease slow her down. Since moving to Ocean Isle in 2010 -- when Rick became vice chancellor for business affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington -- she's worked on her memoir, "Broken Places." Published this summer, the book is available from Amazon.com and the Barnes & Noble website.
Her Parkinson's diagnosis only shows up near the end of the book. "It's only one chapter in my life," she said.
The title comes from one of Whitfield's favorite quotes, from Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms": "The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong in the broken places."
"Broken Places" tells a story of success against the odds. Whitfield grew up poor in Clarksville, Tenn. Her parents, who married during World War II, divorced when she was little. Whitfield would not learn the story of their breakup until years later, and she would not see her father again until she was 26 years old, and expecting her only daughter.
Young Nancy was often a lonely child; her mother, who supported her three children as a secretary and with the income from a couple of rentals, was often tired and distracted. Nancy grew up thinking she blamed her for her father's leaving.
In high school, she went through a wild phase, which was muted by meeting Rick, the nice boy who would become her husband. She earned a Civitan scholarship to Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, taught school for many years, then followed Rick through his career as a financial administrator at increasingly large universities.
In Philadelphia, she worked in the admissions office at the University of Pennsylvania. In North York, she found her dream job as assistant general secretary for UMCOR, the United Methodist Church's disaster relief and humanitarian aid agency. As such, she helped oversee UMCOR's response to Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.
"Whatever people needed to get back on their feet, that was our job," she said.
She was still in New York when the Parkinson's became apparent. Patients might have the condition for years without noticing any effects, Whitfield said.
After months of frustration and unsatisfactory treatments, a friend referred her to specialists at Columbia University Medical Center, which was at the forefront of Parkinson's research. On her first appointment, a doctor stared, alarmed, at her chart and said, "There are enough narcotics in you to put a horse to sleep."
The Columbia specialists put her on Sinemet, which helps restore the chemical dopamine in the brain. The trouble, Whitfield noted, is that all Parkinson's drugs seem to become less effective the longer a patient takes them.
"You just keep hanging in there," Whitfield said. "With Parkinson's, you're always savoring the time that you have left. A sense of humor helps."
So, in February, she and Rick traveled to California so she could undergo deep brain stimulation -- the same surgery that actor Michael J. Fox had. (Whitfield has pledged profits from "Broken Places" to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.)
She was awake during the entire six-hour procedure, as surgeons at Stanford University placed electrodes in her brain. These provide electrical stimulation, somewhat like a pacemaker, to disrupt brain signals related to Parkinson's. Afterward, they had an extended stay as the electrical pulses were adjusted.
Now, she's home again. "Parkinson's is such a nasty disease," she said. "You change from day to day." For now, however, she's enjoying her friends, her church and long walks on the beach with her grandson.
|The Corner Boxing Club and Salvation Army/Red Shield, offer Parkinson's sufferers an alternative|
Nearly one million Americans are affected by Parkinson's disease, for which there is no cure, but there is a new program using boxing techniques to counter punch the neurological disorder. The Corner Boxing Club, owned and operated by Kirsten S. Barry and Carrie Barry, is located at 5500 Central Ave. #115, in Boulder, and began offering 'Parkinson’s Power Punch Program' classes November 7, conducted every Saturday morning from 8-9:15AM. Carrie Barry is a numerous times Golden Gloves, PAL, USA Boxing National Champion as well as a Level 3 USA Boxing Coach and Fellow of Applied Functional Science (AFS). The Corner Boxing Club’s Parkinson’s Power Punch Program is set in a comfortable environment where participants are positively encouraged to participate both physically and socially.