Parkinson’s News for the week of December 9, 2016
A weekly roundup of Parkinson-related news stories you may have missed, or might want to read again. Plus delicious recipes to boost the brain and nervous system.
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This is a heartwarming and inspiring story of how technology changed the life of a woman with PD.
When Emma Lawton was 29 she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. As a graphic designer, drawing is a huge part of her life but over the past three years the tremor in her hands has grown more pronounced stopping her from writing and drawing straight lines. Enter Haiyan Zhang and her invention that is changing Emma’s life.
International Stem Cell Corporation Announces Second Patient with Parkinson’s Disease Treated in Phase I Clinical Trial
Neural cell transplantation is a new area of study for PD. The fact that researchers have now conducted a second treatment, and are planning to treat twelve more patients next year seems very promising.
The surgery was performed on Sunday, December 4, at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), the same site as the first treatment. The operation was successfully performed without complications by the team of the RMH neurosurgeons.
This is a human trial, rather than a cell or animal study. Scientists should know relatively soon whether it has the potential we all hope for.
Human trials are expected to begin next year on a drug researchers hope will be the first to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
Good advice on how to manage the mental health concerns that sometimes accompany PD. These can be as difficult to manage as, or more so than, physical symptoms.
Depression, anxiety are common and need to be addressed
For many years, I’ve recommended use of a variety of nuts daily for better health. A mix of walnuts, almonds, filberts (hazelnuts), Brazil nuts, and pecans is ideal. Here is an additional article on almonds. Rather than the recipe at the end, which uses sugar and white flour, I prefer just eating them raw, as heat destroys much of the vitamin E content.
Magnesium is vitally important to all humans, but for people with PD it has special importance for two reasons. 1) For reasons we don’t entirely understand, PD is associated with type II diabetes. 2) Magnesium is needed in order for muscles to relax, while muscular tension such as dystonia occurs in PD. Modern food processing has stripped magnesium from many of the basic ingredients we eat, causing magnesium deficiency in many people.
A diet rich in magnesium may reduce the risk of diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes according to a new meta-analysis published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.
Brussels sprouts are one of the cruciferous vegetables that help protect against cancer. These powerhouse sprouts also help keep cholesterol at safe levels, and are super sources of vitamins K and C and antioxidants. Salmon has complete protein, the vitamins niacin, D and B12, and the minerals selenium, iron and zinc. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vital to the brain and nervous system, so important for those with PD.
In this healthy one-pan meal, salmon is roasted on top of Brussels sprouts with garlic, white wine and oregano for a dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights or easy entertaining.
Kale is another cruciferous vegetable, taking direct aim at several types of cancer. Kale, and the onion in this recipe, also contain quercetin, a flavonoid that appears to be protective against Parkinson’s disease. It is also rich in vitamin K, A, and C. The beans are the origin of great fiber, along with minerals and folate.
Beans baked very slowly for several hours develop a creamy texture, while the liquid they cook in, which thickens to a syrup, acquires a caramelized flavor. The kale practically melts in this casserole, going from bitter to sweet.
As always, be sure to check out Nutrition U Can Live With for more delicious and healthy recipes geared towards those with Parkinson’s Disease!