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Parkinson’s News for the week of November 5, 2016

A weekly roundup of news stories you may have missed, or might want to read again.

News you may have missed
In case you missed it…..

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New Parkinson’s Disease pop-up cafe ‘fantastic’

I’m glad to see news of less-structured, informal, means of getting folks with PD and their families together, just to chat and share ideas.

A POP-UP cafe to support Parkinson’s Disease sufferers and their carers has been described as ‘wonderful’ by visitors.

Parkinson’s UK’s Burnley Support Group was awarded a £4,000 grant from East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to introduce a new way of helping those with the disease.
Fish Oil Improves Cognitive Decline & Brain Shrinkage

Long-time members of my NPF forum “Ask About Nutrition” know that I firmly believe in the importance of fish and fish oil for the health of the brain and nervous system.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –Rhode Island Hospital researchers have completed a study that found regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults. The study examined the relationship between FOS use during the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and indicators of cognitive decline. The findings are published in the journal, Alzheimer’s & Dementia.


‘The Most Popular Diet Ever’: Why Going Gluten-Free Is Risky

There are a number of reasons for certain folks with PD to avoid gluten, and wheat, although it is by no means helpful for everyone. This expert discussion analyzes some of the reasons why the diet may – or may not – be helpful for the general population.

Recent consumer surveys indicate that approximately 1 in 5 Americans have eliminated or reduced the amount of gluten ingested in their daily diet.[1] This estimate greatly exceeds the small subgroup, approximately 1 in 100, who have been diagnosed to truly have celiac disease.

An analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that while the prevalence of celiac disease has remained stable in the past 5 years, the prevalence of individuals reporting adherence to a gluten-free diet has more than tripled.[2]
Combined training may prevent falls associated with Parkinson’s and other disorders

The role of exercise to combat PD is vital. However, the news of virtual reality in training is a relatively new concept in managing PD.

A combination of virtual reality and treadmill training may prove effective in preventing dangerous falls associated with aging, Parkinson’s disease, mild cognitive impairment or dementia, according to a new Tel Aviv University-Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC) study published in The Lancet.


Single mutation in recessive gene increases risk of earlier onset Parkinson’s disease

The study of genetic factors contributing to PD is advancing, and has opened up new areas of understanding and possible treatments for PD.

Mayo Clinic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A collaboration of 32 researchers in seven countries, led by scientists at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida, has found a genetic mutation they say confers a risk for development of Parkinson’s disease earlier than usual.


Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

Here is a recipe I can wholeheartedly recommend for its powerful ingredients: oats, nuts, honey or maple syrup (both of which contain nutrients and antioxidants unique to themselves), cinnamon and flax seeds. If you use cacao nib, you’ll get all the valuable nutrients of chocolate without the sugar.
Recipe: Pasta With Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard and Garlicky Bread Crumbs

Whole-grains make a great way to eat pasta and still increase fiber. The Swiss Chard adds all the wonderful benefits of vital leafy greens. I save the ends of loaves of whole-wheat bread and make dry breadcrumbs and croutons for recipes like this.

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  1. Sky Joiner
    November 7, 2016


    Would it be safe to give a person with Parkinson Disease the Nestle Product called Advanced Recovery prior to or post surgery? It has 4.2 grams Arginine,18 grams protein, in 6 oz. The Name of the product is Impact Advanced Recovery Immunonutrition Drink. Thank you.

    1. khadmin
      November 8, 2016

      It should be fine and may help speed healing. May be best to give both pre- and post-op. Bear in mind, though, that if this person is using levodopa, it will need to be carefully timed well ahead of the product, or it may block levodopa and bring on PD symptoms. My very best to you and the person undergoing surgery, and hopes for a quick recovery.

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