Busting 4 Myths About Stem Cell Research

Remember stem cell research? In the mid-2000s, it became one of the biggest hot-button topics in medical research. The debate has grown quieter since then. But don’t mistake silence for a lack of activity. Stem cell research is alive, well and as full of possibilities as ever. Below are a few common myths about this … Read More

Best Tips for Treating, Living With Essential Tremor

Managing stressful feelings and situations is a life skill for all of us, but it’s especially important if you struggle with essential tremor. While medication and lifestyle changes can help control symptoms, stress, in particular, can easily aggravate the condition. At first, essential tremor can resemble Parkinson’s disease. But you can tell the two conditions … Read More

Can’t Sleep? Here’s What You Can Do (Infographic)

All of us have nights when we can’t sleep, when the sound of the clock seems to be the only thing you can hear. It’s important to know that some sleep issues are actually tied to health concerns like chronic pain, sleep apnea or acid reflux. If you don’t have these problems, but just can’t … Read More

Deep Brain Stimulation for Children Offers Hope

Children with uncontrollable movements, or generalized dystonia, have an option that isn’t widely known: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). This surgical treatment (which involves implanting electrodes in the brain) is not new, but it’s also not often considered for kids. One reason is that generalized dystonia in children simply isn’t a very common problem. Those who … Read More

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Can Peppers Prevent Parkinson’s Disease?

Strange but true: People who smoke cigarettes are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that causes tremors, difficulty with movement, and depression. This is no reason to light up, as the harmful effects of smoking far outweigh any benefit. However, what researchers have discovered is that the tobacco plant is part of … Read More

Like a Pacemaker for the Brain (Video)

There may come a time when some patients with Parkinson’s disease need more than medications to manage their tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement and balance problems. For them, deep brain stimulation is an option. During deep brain stimulation surgery, electrodes are implanted in the brain to deliver electrical impulses that block the abnormal activity which … Read More

Parkinson’s Drug Pump Shows Promise (Video)

Levodopa is considered the most effective drug to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The chronic, progressive neurological disease causes a person to lose control of body movements, resulting in tremors, muscle stiffness, loss of balance and a host of other problems. So far in the United States levodopa has only been available in pill … Read More

A Dangerous Road: Elderly and Winter Falls

Icy sidewalks. Slippery driveways. Boots that bring melting snow onto floors. These all can cause falls. These are minor hazards for most of us, but for an elderly person, they can be devastating. A spill that gives a 20-year-old a bruised knee could send an elderly person to the hospital. “If you are over the … Read More

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Exploring Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease (Video)

There’s no debate over whether Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, can help people with Parkinson’s Disease. The question has always been which part of the brain should be “stimulated.” The more popular target is the part of the brain called the subthalamic (sub-tha-lah-mik) nucleus or STN, while the less commonly targeted area is the globus … Read More