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Parkinson’s Disease
01
Jul

How is Parkinson’s disease treated?

There are many medications and yes, as you can imagine – providing extra dopamine to the brain is one of the best ways to make the symptoms better. I have provided a list of these medications, but it is worth highlighting two of them: Levodopa is the oral form of dopamine. It is converted into...
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29
Jun

Are stem cells useful for Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease?

In Parkinson’s disease and in Alzheimer’s disease, the main issue is that the brain cells which are being destroyed are not being replaced. The brain does produce new cells, but it does so exceptionally slowly. Stem cells are capable of tremendous division. Basically, they can keep on dividing forever. They can transform into any kind...
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25
Jun

Is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease risky?

There is a small amount of risk involved in every surgery. Since DBS surgery is relatively minor, the risk is low but is not non-existent. The risk of death is less than 1% Approximately 5% of patients can have serious complications such as stroke, seizure and infection. But most of these problems are cured with...
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25
Jun

How is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease done?

DBS is a surgery done for patients with Parkinson’s disease. The full form of DBS is Deep Brain Stimulation. It is helpful in patients whose symptoms are not well controlled with medications. This is a brain surgery, but a relatively minor one. A metal frame is usually attached to the patients head. A very small...
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25
Jun

Is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) helpful for Parkinson’s disease?

DBS is a surgery done for patients with Parkinson’s disease. The full form of DBS is Deep Brain Stimulation. In short: Yes, it is very helpful in carefully selected patients. If your symptoms are well controlled with medications, no doctor in their right mind would recommend you to have surgery. But in a few patients,...
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25
Jun

Can Parkinson’s disease cause constipation, excessive salivation and problems with sleep?

Parkinson’s disease is recognized by all doctors as a disease affecting movement. But in addition to movement problems, patients can have many other problems (see list). Difficulty in thinking. Depression Fatigue. Pain in one part of body especially legs or throughout the body. Dribbling of saliva from the mouth Tingling and restlessness of the legs...
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25
Jun

What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

The most common symptom is uncontrolled shaking of the hands and or legs while resting. This shaking may decrease or persist when the person tries to do something – e.g. Drink a cup of tea. There are many other symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease and recognizing them is often very easy: 1. Their muscles...
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25
Jun

What is the cause of Parkinson’s disease?

Our brain runs on electricity and chemicals. If there is too much or too little of a chemical in your brain, it causes a disease. Parkinson’s disease is caused by the reduction of a chemical called “Dopamine” in our brain. Dopamine is produced in the back of our brain, in a part called the “Mid-Brain”....
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