Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Signs of Heart Attack in Women

Signs of heart attacks in women may be very different from the signs men experience.
Every 90 seconds, a woman in the United States has a heart attack, according to the website. Sadly, many women don't recognize these typical symptoms:
  • Having chest pain or discomfort.
  • Feeling a strange sense of upper-body discomfort.
  • Feeling short of breath.
  • Suddenly breaking out in a cold sweat.
  • Having an unusual sense of fatigue.
  • Feeling light-headed or sudden dizziness.
  • Feeling nauseated.

By Diana Kohnle Monday, October 22, 2012

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Receives Highest Charity Rating

Charity NavigatorFor the fifth consecutive year, PDF has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, meaning it "exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause." The ranking reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of PDF's financial health, and our accountability and transparency.
This news also makes PDF the only Parkinson's organization to have been awarded both a four-star rating and the Charity Seal of Approval from the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau.
Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Newly Identified Protein May Help Damaged Dopamine Neurons Recover in Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists supported by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) have shown that in mice, a newly identified protein can help damaged dopamine neurons to recover and resume their work, which could one day provide a new strategy for treating Parkinson’s disease (PD). The results appear in the August 15, 2012 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Scientists are beginning to understand that substances called trophic factors help adult brain cells (also known as neurons) to stay alive. But exactly how trophic factors and the proteins they activate are able to help neurons, like the ones lost in Parkinson’s, is not well understood.

Brain Scan Could Predict Course of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease Foundation report

A special type of brain scan could allow doctors to predict the course of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in people newly diagnosed, according to a study published in the September 15 issue of the journal Movement Disorders. Identifying people at risk for severe disease might enable better management and treatment of their symptoms.

What this means:

Some people with PD develop more debilitating symptoms than others, but doctors can’t currently predict the clinical course, or prognosis, of a person’s disease at the time of diagnosis. Being able to do so may help doctors better anticipate and treat severe symptoms such as falling, cognitive impairment and psychosis. In addition, such knowledge could help doctors design more informative clinical trials. For example, in some clinical trials, it might be useful to assign study volunteers into groups of people with similar predicted disease progression.

To read more go to:  Parkinson's Disease Foundation