Video: Elevated Homocysteine in Parkinson’s

Scientific literature contains a multitude of research studies linking homocysteine to poor health. Elevated homocysteine in Parkinson’s is thought to worsen oxidative stress on the neurons that produce dopamine and make them more easily damaged by environmental toxins. This video by Neurology Solutions Nurse Practitioner Jordan Harborth explains the correlation between homocysteine (Hcy), a non-protein amino acid, and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Video Explores Intermittent Fasting to Enhance Metabolism

Intermittent fasting and restricted caloric intake is powerfully neuroprotective. Short-term fasting stimulates autophagy, a metabolic process that eliminates cell waste that may be responsible for many of the effects of aging. Studies have demonstrated that fasting can help prevent heart disease, speed fat loss, as well as slow or reverse aging. Researchers have found that the autophagy process is often defective in cancer, infectious diseases, immunological disorders and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Lifestyle, Metabolic Enhancements for Parkinson’s

Neurology Solutions Movement Disorders Center Medical Director Dr. Robert Izor elaborates on the positive outcome of lifestyle and metabolic enhancement for Parkinson’s disease. Metabolic enhancements for neurodegenerative disorders, also known as MEND, is a medical protocol designed to combat age-related decline and lessen disability. The MEND approach incorporates optimizing overall lifestyle and nutrition, stress reduction, sleep, hormone levels and a variety of other factors.

This video is the first of a series on metabolic enhancement for Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions by Neurology Solutions.

Less invasive Deep Brain Stimulation implant

Neurosurgeon Dr. Anant Patel, who is affiliated with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, and Neurology Solutions Movement Disorders Center Medical Director Dr. Robert Izor are at the forefront of a less invasive, more precise Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implant procedure. The new surgical technique streamlines the process for undergoing DBS surgery—requiring one less procedure and five fewer incisions.

The new DBS implant technique uses the latest imaging and surgical programming equipment and eliminates the need for placement of bone marker screws prior to DBS surgery.

8 Ways to Achieve Healthier Sleep

Poor sleep is an issue that affects all kinds of people; however, patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) often complain of sleeping problems that are caused by the disease itself or by medicines used to treat or help the person with their PD symptoms. Well before motor symptoms have begun, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia and nightmares could be early signs of PD.

Sleep is important in regulating your metabolism and promoting brain health. Researchers found that for women not enough sleep can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and more stress. Here are tips to achieve healthier sleep.

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6 Tips for At-Home Fall Prevention

Thousands of elderly Americans fall in their homes each year, often due to factors that can be modified for fall prevention in advance. As people age, muscle degeneration occurs, which weakens both strength and balance. Chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis can cause balance disorders, cognitive impairment and weakness in the extremities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospitalization in people 65 and older. Read on for 6 Tips for at home Fall Prevention.

Parkinson’s Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatments

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disorder that leads to motor symptoms such as shaking and difficulty with movement and coordination. The brain disorder affects an estimated 1 million Americans and 7 to 10 million people worldwide. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year, according to the National Institutes of Health. Learn about Parkinson’s symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.

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Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration shows promise

Researchers say Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration (MEND)−a combination therapy to slow neurodegeneration−may partially reverse and stabilize cognitive decline. Participants with mild cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s style dementia who took part in a two-year MEND study demonstrated real, life-altering improvements after following the MEND protocol for 5 to 24 months, the study showed.

The MEND program calls for interventions to treat conditions such as inflammation, stress and diabetes that could be associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It involves multiple components including dietary adjustments, exercise, stress reduction, hormone balance, sleep optimization and integration of certain vitamins and supplements to the patient’s regular routine.

Dehydration in Parkinson’s: Symptoms, Risks & Tips

Dehydration is always a risk of disease and aging. Dehydration in Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a major health concern. Symptoms of PD contribute to and also mask dehydration, and the risks associated with becoming dehydrated can significantly worsen already compromised neurological function.

Knowing the risk factors, signs of dehydration and steps for staying hydrated can help you manage this concern, whether you’re a caretaker or someone with Parkinson’s.

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