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Neuroscience Cafe: Sleep, Life Balance, and Parkinson’s Disease

The March NeuroScience Cafe is this Thursday, March 14 and covers Sleep, Life Balance, and Parkinson’s Disease. Brought to you by UAB’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC), the March cafe will be held at the Emmet O’Neal Library (Community Meeting Room, Emmet O’Neal Library 50 Oak St., Mountain Brook, AL 35213). For more information visit the event page.

The Apple Watch just got a lot better at tracking symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

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The Apple Watch will soon be able to track tremors experienced by Parkinson’s Disease patients to help them manage their condition.

Later this year, Apple will release a software update to make it easier for medical researchers to understand the difference between a random movement, and the shakes and dyskinesia that Parkinson’s patients experience when they’re getting treated with medications.

Apple made the announcement this week at its developer conference, WWDC.

The new “movement disorder API” will accelerate research that’s already underway in how wearable devices can be used to track the progression of Parkinson’s, said Peter Schmidt, a Parkinson’s researcher and vice dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, who has been advising Apple’s health team.

About 60,000 people are diagnosed every year with Parkinson’s in the U.S. alone and an estimated 10 million people have the disease globally. Not all of these patients will have access to an Apple Watch, or be able to afford one, but Apple is starting to work with health insurance companies like Aetna in figuring out ways to subsidize the cost.

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Source: CNBC

Exercise is Regenerative Medicine: Impact on Parkinson’s Disease

The May NeuroScience Cafe is right around the corner and this month’s topic is Exercise is Regenerative Medicine: Impact on Parkinson’s Disease. Brought to you by UAB’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC), the May cafe will be held at the Hoover Public Library (200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216) Monday, May 21 at 6:30 PM and lead by Dr. Marcas Bamman from the Department of Neurology at UAB.

The overall goal of these cafés is to help educate the public on the latest clinical care and neuroscience-related research taking place at UAB. Our audience is typically made up of older adults as well as individuals and family members who have been affected by the topic. The program runs for about an hour and is very casual and relaxed!

We would love for anyone involved in the Parkinson Association of Alabama to come and learn about the insights from neuroscience research.

Naked Art to celebrate Valentine’s, raise money for local causes

PAA is thrilled to be the beneficiary of a Parkinson’s Patients Art Show, hosted by Naked Art Gallery. Below is a great article from Iron City Ink that details the personal connection between Parkinson’s Disease and Vero Vanblaere, owner of the Naked Art Gallery.

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Source: Iron City Ink

A Show of Art by Parkinson’s Patients

PAA is thrilled to be the beneficiary of an art show featuring art by Parkinson’s patients! We hope you’ll join us on Friday, February 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Naked Art Gallery (3831 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35222) for this unique showcase of talented artists.

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Laser Shoes Help Prevent Parkinson’s Patients from Freezing in Place While Walking

By Carolina Henriques

Dutch researchers have developed laser shoes to help Parkinson’s patients overcome a brain disconnect that causes them to stop walking when they want to keep going.

Lasers attached to each shoe give patients a visual cue of where they need to go. Without a visual cue, the brain disconnect often leads to patients freezing in place while walking. The freezes, which can last from several seconds to several minutes, increase the chance of a patient falling.

The lasers that the Dutch team added to the tops of shoes project lines on the floor that provide patients with the visual cues they need. The lasers work in sync with each other. One projects a line until the patient takes a step along that line. Then the laser on the other shoe projects a line.

Researchers published a study on the shoes in the journal Neurology. The title of the article is “The laser-shoes – a new ambulatory device to alleviate freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease.

A debilitating symptom of Parkinson’s, freezing episodes are also dangerous. Because a patient’s foot remains on the floor while their upper body continues moving forward, it is easy for them to lose their balance and fall.

Dr. Murielle Ferraye and her colleagues at the University of Twente and Raboud University say the shoes reduced wearers’ freezing episodes by 46 percent. And when freezes did occur, the shoes cut the duration of the episodes in half.

Walking problems are most likely to occur when patients fail to take their medication on time. Not surprisingly, the researchers said the shoes provide the biggest benefit in these cases.

Parkinson’s patients can sometimes find visual cues such as street-crossing lines to help them walk. Inside their home, they can use floor tiles as cues. The laser shoes will provide them with cues all the time, indoors or out, the researchers said.

How do the visual clues work? By looking at objects on the floor, patients can activate circuits in their brain that overcome the disconnects that cause the freezing episodes.

“Our tests were administered in a controlled lab setting with and without medication,” Ferraye said in a University of Twente news story. Further research in their [patients’] everyday environment is necessary.

“Of the 19 patients who tested the shoes, the majority would be happy to use them,” she said. “The patients did not seem to mind that the laser was activated for each single step. Ideally, the laser should only be activated once the blockage is detected, but we’re not quite there yet. Freezing is a very complex phenomenon.”

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Source:: Parkinson’s Today

January CNC NeuroScience Cafe: The Brain-Gut Connection

The January NeuroScience Cafe is right around the corner and this month’s topic is The Brain-Gut Connection: Parkinson’s Disease. Brought to you by UAB’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC), the January cafe will be held at the Hoover Public Library (200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216) on Monday, January 22 at 6:30 PM and lead by Dr. Haydeh Payami from the Department of Neurology at UAB.

The overall goal of these cafés is to help educate the public on the latest clinical care and neuroscience-related research taking place at UAB. Our audience is typically made up of older adults as well as individuals and family members who have been affected by the topic. The program runs for about an hour and is very casual and relaxed!

We would love for anyone involved in the Parkinson Association of Alabama to come and learn about the insights from neuroscience research

NeuroScience Cafe at the Emmet O’Neal Library

The UAB Comprehensive NeuroScience Center is hosting a Parkinson’s Disease Update as part of their NeuroScience Cafe series this Thursday, September 14 at 6:30PM from the Emmet O’Neal Library. This interactive presentation will provide an update from thought leaders at UAB Neurology on efforts to combat Parkinson’s disease in the lab and the clinic. This can’t miss event is free, open to the public, and all interested patients, caregivers, and medical professionals are encouraged to attend.

Where: Emmett O’Neal Library, 50 Oak Street, Mountain Brook AL, 35213

When: Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM

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LA Support Group Shaking Up Parkinson’s Disease

PAA is thrilled to highlight a new support group called Shaking up LA (Lower Alabama). Lead by John Carmichael, this support group serves the Flomaton, Bay Minette, and Atmore area’s of Alabama. The first meeting of Shaking up LA is September 9th at 9:00 AM from the Atmore Community Hospital Auditorium. This meeting is open to all Parkinson’s fighters, caregivers, medical professionals, or anyone else interested in PD therapy, nursing, education, fitness, or other workshops. This inaugural meeting will include a short meet-and-greet and planning session with light refreshment. For more information about the Shaking up LA support group, please contact John Carmichael at  carmicje14@gmail.com or shakinguploweralabama@gmail.com

Though their first meeting is still a couple weeks away, Shaking up LA is already raising PD awareness and funds through a unique t-shirt design that captures the spirit of confronting PD progression in a truly creative and meaningful way. PAA is honored to be a beneficiary of funds raised through these great shirts and we hope you’ll grab a couple for yourself! Please see below for style, size, and ordering details!

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In 2000, Eminem recorded “The Real Slim Shady” with the lyrics “won’t the real Slim Shady please stand up.” In the spirit of those shirts, the Real Slim Shaky shirts have been designed by Denny Giles at ShalloWit Design for the Parkinson’s support group, Shaking Up LA (Lower Alabama), as a fundraising shirt for the The Parkinson Association of Alabama, and to shed light on Parkinson’s disease by encouraging serious conversations about support and resources for PD fighters and their caregivers.

  • As a PD fighter, these shirts encourage us to “stand up” as the Real Slim Shaky and live like a warrior each day, realizing each day is a new fight, and that we have the opportunity to shake up the world where we live in spite of Parkinson’s.
  • As a PD caregiver, you can wear this shirt as a show of support for your PD fighter and partner with them through encouragement and participation in living like a warrior.
  • For someone who really wants to help in the fight of Parkinson’s disease, these shirts serve as great conversation starters and allow you to stand up as a voice and engage in meaningful conversations surrounding Parkinson’s disease while providing valuable funds to the APDA for needed research and education.

Regardless of your role, these shirts are meant to encourage you to stand up and live like a warrior each day, and be a new voice for PD wherever you wear them! All proceeds after paying the cost of the shirts will be donated to the Parkinson’s Association of Alabama.

Front of shirt with the Shaking Up LA logo and American flag emblem in the shape of the state of Alabama

 

 

 

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