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Parkinson's Today Blog
“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act,” according to the Centers of Disease Control. When it comes to living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) ― in any stage ― or caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s, it can become difficult to manage and maintain your optimal mental health.
The gut-brain relationship is real. Stomach or intestinal distress can lead to anxiety or depression. However, those gut-brain connections go much further: evidence from recent studies strongly suggest a link between the gut (the gastrointestinal system) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).
PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease, which launched last year, is one step closer to understanding the complex connection between Parkinson’s disease (PD) and genetics.
Summer is here! Even though coronavirus and social distancing may still play a part in our day-to-day lives, we want to help you feel “on” all summer long. Bring the sunshine into your home with new ways to stay mentally active.
This summer, exercise your brain with these exercises that will help you remember the good times, make new memories and plan for what’s next.
Remember the Good Times
A Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis is life-changing, but it doesn’t have to keep you from living your best life. If you are newly diagnosed, you are not alone. The Parkinson’s Foundation is here to assist and empower you at every stage to ensure you continue living well.
Impulse control behaviors (ICBs) affect between 14% and 40% of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Examples of ICB’s include compulsive gambling or shopping, hoarding and hyper sexuality. ICBs become impulse control disorders (ICD) when they impair one’s ability to function at work, home and navigate day-to-day life. Only 2% of people have ICBs in the general population.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and society slowly begins to reopen, what does the new normal look like for the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community?
Parkinson’s disease (PD) results from the death and deterioration of dopamine-producing neurons (brain cells) in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. What if those cells could be reprogrammed to function in a healthy way? That is the promise of a stem cell therapy that is called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). If this extraordinary reprogramming capability could be harnessed ― and if the results were sustainable ― that would be a scientific game changer for treating neurological diseases, including the symptoms of Parkinson’s.