About half of all Parkinson’s patients struggle with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Find out how treatment and support can make a huge difference.
The onset of tremors poses a scary possibility — could this be Parkinson’s disease? But there are lots of other common causes of tremors that could explain yours. Here, your tremor questions are answered.
It’s estimated that more than 15,000 Americans have Huntington’s disease (HD) according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and that more than 200,000 Americans are at-risk of inheriting it. For the first time, new research uses imaging to help predict changes in the brain related to HD. The study’s findings could ultimately help delay the … Read More
The boxing community has known for decades that repeated blows to a fighter’s head can result in permanent brain damage, resulting in dementia or Parkinson’s disease-like movement changes. The boxing community even has a name for it: punch-drunk. But while many notable fighters have developed these problems – along with depression and other neurological symptoms … Read More
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A new frameless platform makes deep brain stimulation treatment for Parkinson’s disease and other conditions much more comfortable for patients. Surgeons use deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat symptoms — usually tremors — that can’t be well-controlled with medication. It has been very helpful in controlling symptoms, but the patient has always had to endure … Read More
There are few diseases as devastating as Huntington’s disease (HD) – a progressive condition that can cause uncontrollable movement, emotional disturbances and cognitive problems. We know this mysterious condition is encoded in people’s genes, but researchers have yet to unlock exactly how to stop or slow its progression. However, new research offers insight about the … Read More
Lana Laurendeau can’t remember a time when her hands didn’t shake. For years, the shaking made it hard for her to eat without making a mess, drink from a glass without using both hands and put on jewelry. The shaking also made it increasingly hard for her to do her job as a professional hairdresser. … Read More
Here is this week’s round-up of stories from around the Web featuring Cleveland Clinic experts that we know you won’t want to miss: Pacemakers for Parkinson’s patients More than 7 million people worldwide can’t button a shirt, drink a cup of coffee or get out of a chair because of Parkinson’s disease. But a little-known surgery can help … Read More
It looks like a high-tech video game. But the CAREN system’s purpose is surprisingly serious: to help patients with neurological diseases re-educate their nerves and muscles. CAREN stands for Computer Assisted Rehabilitation environment. The high-tech system allows a health care team to measure and analyze a patient’s balance, movement and coordination. Patients with neurological diseases such … Read More
Your brain is an organ like no other. When it’s healthy, its potential is truly hard to, um, wrap your brain around. Its biggest foes are Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and multiple sclerosis, which can rob us of our ability to think, reason and remember. More information Guide to brain health