"A small, early study hints that a skin test may someday be able to help diagnose people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Researchers found that skin biopsies can reveal elevated levels of abnormal proteins associated with the two disorders.
Compared to healthy people and those with non-Alzheimer's dementia, the Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients had seven times higher levels of a protein called tau. The researchers also found that Parkinson's patients had eight times higher levels of a protein called alpha-synuclein, compared with healthy people.
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What do you think this will mean for the future of Parkinson's?View Thread
This article discusses chronic UTIs and treatments that are commonly used to treat UTIs as well as prevention techniques. I hope that your mom's urologist is able to identify the bacteria and she is back to feeling well soon! Please let us know how she is doing.View Thread
Unfortunately there isn't a way to upload a video right into your post. However, you can upload a video to a video-sharing website like youtube or vimeo and then post the link here. Have you seen a doctor about the symptoms that you describe above? He/She would be best able to give you a diagnosis after an exam, viewing your video and some possible tests. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
I think that it is great that you want to learn anything and everything about Parkinson's in order to better help your husband. This visual guide to Parkinson's Disease slideshow may be a good place to start. Our Parkinson's Disease Health Center also has a lot of great information that will help you to learn more. There you will find information on common symptoms, an overview of the 5 stages of Parkinson's, how to prevent falls, advice and support for caregivers and much more. This community can also be a great resource for you -- there are many people here who I am sure would be willing to share advice and experiences with you. I hope that you will continue to seek support here and that the information above is helpful Please let us know how you and your husband are doing!
I found this information on cowhage , which also goes by the names Kapikachu and Velvet Bean. The above link explains, "Cowhage has been used since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Today, cowhage is still used for treating Parkinson's disease, as well as for treating anxiety, arthritis, etc." The link will has more information on how it works, uses, side effects, and more. You should speak with your doctor if you feel that this is may be an option in your Parkinson's treatment. Please let us know how you are doing View Thread
I am sorry to hear of what has happened to your father. Here are some frequently asked questions about Parkinson's that addresses the differences between essential tremors and Parkinson's. This overview on Parkinson's does say that "if you don't respond to the drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, it's possible you may have another type of movement disorder that causes the same type of symptoms. Doing additional tests can help your doctor determine if some other problem is causing your parkinsonian symptoms." It may be a good idea to get your father a second opinion if you haven't already and you believe that his symptoms are not the result of Parkinson's. Please let us know how you and your father are doing!View Thread
Here are some tips that I found from the National Parkinson Foundation to help alleviate swallowing problems. Most are related to wallowing when eating, but they may be useful (especially the bit about sleeping with head raised):
Drink frequent sips of water or suck on ice chips during the day and before meals to help increase swallowing and thin phlegm;
Reduce sugar intake, as sugar increases saliva;
Suck on sugarless candy or chew sugarless gum for temporary relief from drooling;
Take smaller bites of food, chew food thoroughly and eat slowly;.
Sit upright for at least 15 minutes after eating;
Take small sips of water or beverage when eating;
Sit upright with head slightly forward when eating, drinking and taking pills. Tilting head backwards can increase the risk of food or liquids going into the lungs. If a glass is half empty, refill it;
Maintain an upright posture and keep chin up, because a flexed neck or stooped posture exacerbates drooling;
Rinse mouth after meals;
Eat softer foods, pureed if necessary;
Drink tea with lemon or carbonated beverages to help thin phlegm;
Avoid dairy products, as they can make phlegm worse;
Drink thicker liquids, as they are easier to swallow, because they do not go down as fast;
Moisten dry foods to make them easier to swallow; and
Here is an article about pressure sores that contains treatment information you may find helpful. Keeping the sore clean and covered, eating a healthy diet with enough protein, and applying any ointment given to you by the doctor are some of the methods described.
Have you spoken with your dad's doctor about his worsening Parkinson's symptoms? This article discusses swallowing problems, diagnosis of these problems and possible treatments. Please keep us updated on how your dad is doing!