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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Many people live with Pain and have Parkinson's, that's why I am placing this post.
Nerve cells on the surface of the brain are co-ordinated with each other at a particular frequency depending on the state of the brain.Neurosciencenews image is adapted from the University of Manchester press release.
Image Source: NeuroscienceNews.com image is credited to Nate Edwards/BYU.
Researchers have examined the relationship between mental health and weather/pollution with mixed results. The current study aimed to examine a range of weather and atmospheric phenomena and their association with time-bound mental health data.
Nineteen different weather/pollution variables were examined in connection with an archive of self-reported mental health data for university students participating in mental health treatment (n=16,452) using the Outcome Questionnaire 45.2 (OQ-45). Statistical approach involved randomly selecting 500 subjects from the sample 1000 different times and testing each variable of interest using mixed models analyses.
Seasonal changes in sun time were found to best account for relationships between weather variables and variability in mental health distress. Increased mental health distress was found during periods of reduced sun time hours. A separate analysis examining subjects’ endorsement of a suicidality item, though not statistically significant, demonstrated a similar pattern. Initial results showed a relationship between pollution and changes in mental health distress; however, this was mediated by sun time.
This study examined a relatively homogenous, predominantly European American, and religious sample of college counseling clients from an area that is subject to inversions and is at a high altitude and a latitude where sun time vacillates significantly more than locations closer to the equator.
Seasonal increases in sun time were associated with decreased mental health distress. This suggests the need for institutions and public health entities to plan for intervention and prevention resources and strategies during periods of reduced sun time.
Joint pain can rob you of life's simple pleasures — you may no longer look forward to walking your dog, gardening, or chasing a tennis ball across the court. Even the basics of getting through your day, like getting into the car or carrying laundry to the basement, can become sharp reminders of your limitations.
Is joint pain holding you back? Perhaps an achy ankle or sore knee is making it difficult to enjoy a run through your favorite park or even taking a short walk. Or maybe a throbbing hip or shoulder prevents you from whacking a golf ball or performing simple tasks like carrying a bag of groceries. The exercises in this report can help relieve ankle, knee, hip, or shoulder pain, and help you become more active again, which can help you stay independent long into your later years.
But the right exercises performed properly can be a long-lasting way to subdue ankle, knee, hip, or shoulder pain. Although it might seem that exercise would aggravate aching joints, this is simply not the case. Exercise can actually help to relieve joint pain in multiple ways:
- It increases the strength and flexibility of the muscles and connective tissue surrounding the joints. When thigh muscles are stronger, for example, they can help support the knee, thus relieving some of the pressure on that joint.
- Exercise relieves stiffness, which itself can be painful. The body is made to move. When not exercised, the tendons, muscles, and ligaments quickly shorten and tense up. But exercise — and stretching afterward — can help reduce stiffness and preserve or extend your range of motion.
- It boosts production of synovial fluid, the lubricant inside the joints. Synovial fluid helps to bring oxygen and nutrients into joints. Thus, exercise helps keep your joints "well-oiled."
- It increases production of natural compounds in the body that help tamp down pain. In other words, without exercise, you are more sensitive to every twinge. With it, you have a measure of natural pain protection.
- It helps you keep your weight under control, which can help relieve pressure in weight-bearing joints, such as your hips, knees, and ankles.
If all this isn't enough, consider the following: exercise also enhances the production of natural chemicals in the brain that help boost your mood. You'll feel happier — in addition to feeling better.
Erin McPhee / North Shore News NOVEMBER 4, 2016
NeuroFit BC founder Naomi Casiro works with Corey Stewart in executing a drill on a heavy bag during a boxing and Parkinson’s-specific exercise class Monday at North Vancouver’s Universal MMA. photography Cindy Goodman, North Shore News
When registered physiotherapist Naomi Casiro saw firsthand the positive impact exercise can have on people with Parkinson’s disease her path became clear.
“Once you see the difference it can make, it’s kind of amazing, it sparks this drive and gets you going. That’s what started the whole venture,” she says, referring to her decision to launch NeuroFit BC, a company offering physiotherapist-led exercise and wellness classes to those with the neurodegenerative disease.
Up and running since April, Casiro has put her experiences working with Parkinson’s patients over the last few years to good use and is continuing to expand NeuroFit BC’s offerings.
“The mission of the company is to get people with Parkinson’s doing Parkinson’s-specific exercise that leads to brain change, which helps them manage their symptoms, mitigate disease progression and help them live better, help them live happier, fuller lives and they get to be able to do the things that they want to do for longer,” says the certified PWR! (an acronym for Parkinson wellness recovery) therapist and Vancouver resident.
NeuroFit BC offers ongoing boxing and Parkinson’s-specific exercise classes in Vancouver and Burnaby as well as in North Vancouver at Universal MMA.
“The research has shown very strongly that big, dynamic goal-directed movements are really good for Parkinson’s and so boxing is a fun, exciting way to help these people move bigger and better, because their movements get really stiff and really small with Parkinson’s. We’re running these boxing classes and they’re such a great way to get people smiling and doing something they enjoy and at the same time helping them change their symptoms and actually leave feeling better and moving better than when they came in,” she says.
Casiro has heard the classes have helped people go from not being able to get up off the ground to being able to return to hiking and walking longer distances. Also, she’s heard from people who were unable to roll over in bed who can now do so without a problem. They too have been able to resume daily activities that they thought they would never be able to do again.
“People are always told Parkinson’s is progressive, you’re not going to get better, and it is a progressive neurological condition, but actually people can improve their symptoms through exercise,” she says.
Classes are offered in groups of eight and community members are assessed prior to joining. Sessions begin with a dynamic warm-up, focused on balance, strength and agility, followed by a series of co-ordination movements, both on and off the ground. “Then we get our boxing gloves on and we box against a heavy bag. It’s non-contact boxing, but we do a lot of drills and different punching movements to try and challenge their brains and their bodies at the same time,” says Casiro of the high-intensity hour-long class, followed by a cool down.
In addition to specialized group exercise classes, NeuroFit BC provides one-on-one physiotherapy sessions in patients’ homes or in a gym setting. In an effort to reach more Parkinson’s patients as well as make it easier for them to do Parkinson’s-specific work at home more often, Casiro is in the process of launching a new free at-home exercise video series.
“I’m proud to be serving a group in the community that has been under served in the past. The research has shown how incredible exercise is for neuroplasticity and brain change but clients are told to exercise and then they have nowhere to go to tell them how and what they should be doing and how to do it without getting injured. I’m proud to be providing a service that I think helps change people’s lives and that’s why I started doing it in the first place because I really think it does change lives for the better.”
By DIXIE TERRY
November 4, 2016
November 4, 2016
Manicurists from John A. Logan College Cosmetology Department form an assembly line to provide manicures at a retreat for caregivers.
Fall Back and Relax!" was the theme of the day at a caregiver retreat, sponsored by Franklin/Williamson Healthy Communities Coalition late last month at the Carterville Community Center.
Dr. Gynelle Baccus, also known as "Ms. Carrie Giver," was the hostess and master of relaxation for the day. In fact, she was so relaxed that she appeared in her favorite pseudo-leopard skin pajamas, later changing her attire.
Baccus is the coordinator of "Our Healthy Circle" at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
"You are so overwhelmed, you don't take care of yourselves," Baccus reminded the caregivers, both men and women, who attended the retreat.
She then proceeded to tell caregivers how to create a cozy corner in their own homes for pampering themselves – an area with an easy chair, cuddly blanket, stash of chocolate, green plant, aromatic candle, reading material and maybe a glass of wine. She then provided Bible verses on the subject of peace.
Mark Kiesling, TV 3 news anchor, who has been a caregiver for his wife, Debbie, for over 20 years, served as keynote speaker.
Debbie spends her days in a wheelchair and depends on Mark for many of her activities, although she is capable in many ways, including cooking. She was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor in 1985, underwent two major surgeries and also suffered with a heart problem.
Nine years ago, the Kieslings adopted their three granddaughters, which added to their busy schedule.
"He is the best husband ever," Debbie said. "This is the role God put us in." Mark's mother was also in the audience as a caretaker for her husband, who has Parkinson's disease.
Mark's advice to the caregivers was simple.
"Take time to relax and recharge," he said. "Make memories with that loved one."
One of the many caregivers at the retreat was Georgia Elkins of Marion. Her husband, Norman, has Parkinson's disease. He had been taken to Addus Healthcare Day Care for the day, a part of the services offered free for the caretakers.
Elkins was a bit apprehensive about leaving him, but she was soon assured by one of the workers, who had called to check on him, that he was chatting with two other men there.
This was Ekins' first time to attend the retreat, which has been offered annually for several years. She took advantage of the free services, including a foot massage.
Shirley Cunningham of Marion, while waiting for her foot massage, talked about Floyd, her husband of 52 years, who has had Parkinson's disease for 11 years. She has been his only caregiver for the past five years, and was thankful for a friend who took Floyd out for lunch, so she could attend the retreat.
Phyllis Wohlwend of Creal Springs also enjoyed a rare day away from home. Her husband of 31 years, Carl, had open heart surgery in 2011, followed by a bout with cancer, and now he is on dialysis.
One of those on the morning program was the Rev. Sherry Black, who serves as chaplain/spiritual care manager for Herrin Hospital. She provided caregivers with some exercises in relaxation and breathing techniques. She also talked about resources to help people stay in their own home as long as possible.
Patrick Laws of Senior Adult Services in Carbondale provided a humorous look at caregiving with his speech, "Sometime You Just Gotta Laugh."
The afternoon provided a round of manicures and cosmetic makeovers, thanks to cosmetology students from John A. Logan College.
Also working magic with a curling iron was Jim Matranga of Johnston City, who prepped ladies for glamour shots. He is the official hairdresser at Parkway Manor in Marion.
Pam Stout of Allied Physicians and Rehab of Carbondale offered a spin-the-wheel game for prizes, with everyone winning a free massage.
As the relaxed caregivers departed, they agreed that being a caregiver for a loved one is among the hardest jobs a person can have, and many indicated that they would return for the caregiver retreat next fall.
Friday, November 4, 2016
November 4, 2016 By Gary Rotstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Dave Parker at PNC Park in 2004.
People might look a little differently now at ex-Pirates slugger Dave Parker, a one-time National League MVP known for his size, swagger and fierce competitiveness during a 19-year career.
Now they might notice a tremble in his hand. His words come out a little slurred. His strides aren’t what they once were.
But when speaking about his own four-year battle with Parkinson’s disease at a conference in Green Tree Saturday, he will make sure patients, family caregivers, medical professionals and others attending know he’s still a fighter, and that everyone with the disease should stay active and spirited in meeting it headlong.
“All my life has been about challenges,” Mr. Parker said in a phone interview from his Cincinnati home today. “I’ve still got that competitiveness in me. You’ve got to play the hand that’s dealt, and that’s the approach I’m taking.”
The centerpiece of the Pirates’ last World Series club is the keynote speaker at Saturday’s Living Well With Parkinson’s Disease Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Green Tree. The event is presented by the Cahouet Center for Comprehensive Parkinson’s Care at Allegheny Health Network and the Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania.
Like the late Muhammad Ali before him, Mr. Parker is one of America’s great athletes dealing with the physical impact of a disease that affects more than 1 million people and has no cure. It typically affects motor functions such as movement and balance and can impair speech and other abilities.
It often shows up first in tremors, which is how a doctor detected it in Mr. Parker in early 2012 during a routine physical. A regular golfer, Mr. Parker had begun noticing some trembling in his right hand but had no idea it was something as serious and permanent as Parkinson’s until the doctor observed it and sent him to a neurologist for formal diagnosis.
Mr. Parker says he has been able to manage the disease through a medication, Carbidopa, and a regular workout regimen — weightlifting, stretching, stationary bike, treadmill — either in a gym or at home. He forgets thoughts sometimes, though, and knows his words don’t come out as perfectly as they once did for a man famous for his confident banter.
“The key, really, is to be active,” he said. “To go out and socialize and walk and exercise. Parkinson’s has a tendency to make you want to sleep and not be active, and you’ve got to work beyond that. For me, I’ve got to take an athlete’s approach to it — force myself to go to the gym. ... I’m managing the disease pretty well though — I know what to expect.”
One change is how others perceive him. He runs into people who come up to hug and encourage him — a big man who was always a dominant presence, now appreciative of the support he receives from others.
“I recently saw a friend of mine, my high school third baseman, and he walked up to me and grabbed me real tight and he just started crying. I told him, ‘I’m all right, don’t worry about me, I’m taking care of it.’ But for him to walk up to me and squeeze me and cry like he did, that touched me. I get that all the time now ... but I don’t want nobody to feel sorry for me. I’ve got to play the hand that’s dealt.”
Mr. Parker started the DaveParker39 Foundation in his hometown to begin raising money to assist Parkinson’s awareness and programs. He runs an indoor baseball clinic across the street from his home. He still golfs, though he says he can’t hit a drive 345 yards like he once did.
“Now it’s 270 or 280. I don’t know where it’s going to go, but it still goes.”
As to what he’ll be telling people Saturday, he said, “Don’t let the disease beat you. Stay active, if you want to maintain your quality of life. You’ve got to live with it, and there’s no way to get around facing that we’ve got it, but we can get it treated.
“Look at it as a challenge.”
The conference in Green Tree runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the DoubleTree, at 500 Mansfield Ave. Those interested who have not yet registered are still invited to attend the event, which has a $25 fee.
November 3, 2016 By Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal
Source: Myriam Rebeyrotte – Institut Pasteur
Image Source: This NeuroscienceNews.com image is credited to Institut Pasteur.
November 4, 2016
Oxidative stress is proposed to be one of the potential mechanisms leading to deterioration in Parkinson's Disease. However, previous studies investigating the association between antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins C, E and A (carotenoids), and the risk of Parkinson's Disease have produced inconsistent results.
Over 1000 people with Parkinson's Disease were assessed concerning the effect of antioxidant vitamins on Parkinson's Disease. Dietary intakes of vitamin E and vitamin A (carotenoids) were not associated with the risk of Parkinson's Disease. However, dietary vitamin C intake was significantly associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson's Disease, down to 80%, but this was not long term. For vitamins E and C, intake from foods and supplements combined were also unrelated to Parkinson's Disease risk.
In Parkinson's Disease L-dopa is not formed properly. Superoxide anion can be formed when L-dopa is not formed properly. Superoxide anion is broken down by the enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase, which require Vitamin C and Vitamin E. In previous studies the greatest effect of antioxidants was with the use of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which were shown to slow down the progression of Parkinson's Disease.
Reference : Movement Disorders  Oct 27 [Epub ahead of print] (K.C.Hughes, X.Gao, I.Y.Kim, E.B.Rimm, M.Wang, M.G.Weisskopf, M.A.Schwarzschild, A.Ascherio)
Complete abstract : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27787934