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Unwanted formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) in the brain is likely to be the cause of intractable walking and balance difficulties for people who suffer from Parkinson's disease. This conclusion is supported by new research from Lund University in Sweden.

Sunday, 25 October 2015 16:14

DBS Explained - NGC

 

Source : National Geographic Channel

 

As a live TV audience watches, a neurosurgery team at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland will perform an operation that has helped many Parkinson’s disease patients get significant relief from their debilitating symptoms—tremors, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movements and difficulty walking—and also enabled them to reduce their amount of medication.

Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, was pioneered as a Parkinson’s treatment by Dr. Alim-Louis Benabid, a neurosurgeon who also possessed a Ph.D. in physics. In the 1980s, patients were treated by surgically destroying parts of their brains where tremors originated, or using medication with unpleasant side-effects. In 1987, Benabid was performing a surgery using the then-standard method of burning away brain tissue with an electrode. As he tested various regions with electrical pulses, Benabid wondered what would happen if he used different frequencies. To his surprise, he found one that suppressed the patient’s tremor. "I thought, aha, this might be the solution," he later recalled in a 2010 Lancet article.

 

A drug that's already approved for treating leukemia appears to dramatically reduce symptoms in people who have Parkinson's disease with dementia, or a related condition called Lewy body dementia.

A pilot study of 12 patients given small doses of nilotinib found that movement and mental function improved in all of the 11 people who completed the six-month trial, researchers reported Saturday at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago.

Institute of Neurosciences of  Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, have started providing Deep brain stimulation (DBS), to patients with Parkinson’s disease and various other movement disorders.  Parkinson’s disease, one of the commonest neurodegenerative disorders, whose prevalence has been increasing with increased life expectancy.  Currently millions of people are suffering from Parkinson’s disease world wide and off late


it is being commonly recognized in India too.  Unlike various other disorders, Parkinson’s disease has good therapeutic options to improve the quality of life.  In April 2014, Apollo Hospitals, had launched exclusive Parkinson’s disease and Movement disorders clinic.  This clinic is being run by Dr. Prashanth LK.  Dr. Prashanth LK, is a neurologist, who is further specialized in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.  After successive launch of the clinic, they have recently conducted a first Deep Brain stimulation (DBS) procedure.  The procedure involves installing a specialized stimulation device in the brain similar to cardiac pacemaker, which tries to modulate the brain functions.  The surgery was conducted by Dr. Arun Naik and team.  According to the Neurosciences team, DBS is a very effective therapy for patients with moderately advanced Parkinson’s disease, where in benefit of medications are limited by its side effects.  The surgery is currently well approved therapy for Parkinson’s disease world wide and currently forms the standard of care in Parkinson’s disease therapeutic armamentarium.

New University of Michigan research finds people with Parkinson's disease may want to consider attempting to do the dishes, fold the laundry and take strolls around the neighborhood in their quest to control their symptoms.

Parkinson's patients often become sedentary because of motor symptoms such as gait, balance problems or falls, said study principal investigator Nicolaas Bohnen, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U-M Functional Neuroimaging, Cognitive and Mobility Laboratory.

Once patients feel unstable on their feet, they may develop a fear of falling and then get scared to do any activity at all. Bohnen's team investigated whether participation in exercise, like swimming or aerobics, could help alleviate the motor symptoms that made these patients want to stay sedentary in the first place.

"What we found was it's not so much the exercise, but the routine activities from daily living that were protecting motor skills," Bohnen said. "Sitting is bad for anybody, but it's even worse for Parkinson's patients."

Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:56

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Dystonia is the third most common movement disorder but remains largely unknown to the public. Dystonia is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions causing abnormal, often repetitive, movements and/or postures.