Yesterday I received a lovely comment from a reader of this blog. They read my posting about being disappointed and sent a message to encourage me! I was delighted!
You see, the entire purpose of this blog is to keep people informed about progress that is being made in finding a cure for PD, discussing new therapies and drug therapies – and also, giving me a platform to vent. HA! Some of my readers probably think I vent more than offer information!! Nevertheless, I do try to keep you posted on news about this evil disease, and progress being made to find a cure.
Here are a few informative updates:
Author, Gina Kolata, offered a report in the March 31, 2010 New York Times Health pages about cycling giving some people with Parkinson’s a much needed break. To read the full text of this interesting article go to the New York Times . Dr. Bastiaan R. Bloem of the Radboud University Nijmegan, in the Netherlandsreports that one of his patients, severely debilitated from Parkinson’s Disease and unable to walk – is capable of riding a bicycle for 6 miles a day!While this is not indicative of a cure, it is a fascinating example of the complexity of the brain and how various movements are affected.
Another hopeful event comes from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In the March 1, 2010 Journal of Immunology, Howard Gendelman, M.D., chairman of the department of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience (PEN), who partnered with R. Lee Mosley, Ph.D. report that a vaccine to reverse the neurological damage caused by Parkinson’s Disease has been successfully used in mice. Of course, the study on humans, and approval by the FDA put this vaccine in the future. If you want to read the specifics of this fascinating study, it’s in the UNMC Headlines .
The American Academy of Neurology has issued a new guideline recommending the most effective treatments to help people with Parkinson’s disease who experience sleep, constipation, and sexual problems, which are common but often underrecognized symptoms. The guideline is published in the March 16, 2010, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. To read the Abstract or full text of these new guidelines go to the journal Neurology .
Scientists are beginning to find out why people with Parkinson’s disease often feel socially awkward. Parkinson’s patients find it harder to recognize expressions of emotion in other people’s faces and voices, report two studies published by the American Psychological Association. This report was published in Science Daily .
So, you see, I can share information with you. Keep your sunny sides up! Spring is finally here and this evil disease, Parkinson’s Disease, will NOT win over a determined group of people with Parkinson’s Disease!