Parkinson Disease

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) announces today a collaboration with Smart Patients, an online support site for patients and caregivers, to create a new Parkinson’s disease (PD) community where people impacted by PD can join the community for free to share, interact, and learn from each other in a safe, supportive environment. This network extends APDA’s resources to help those affected by PD no matter where they are located to live life to the fullest and connect to others who have extensive experience with the disease.

We are thrilled with our partnership with Smart Patients to launch this community. This network is designed for people with PD, care partners, and family members,” explains Robin Kornhaber, APDA Vice President of Programs and Patient Services. “This innovative opportunity will further a dialogue to nurture the PD community, provide socialization, education, and critical access to information – and will allow us to expand our reach across the country.”

Smart Patients believes that patients and caregivers are the most underutilized resource in medicine. By partnering with Smart Patients, APDA is empowering people with Parkinson’s to improve care for themselves and others.

We are proud to work with the APDA to connect people with Parkinson’s with one another. Community can provide peace of mind through social and emotional support, not to mention those practical tips patients and families learn through direct experience,” said Roni Zeiger, MD, CEO of Smart Patients.

The PD community is invited to visit the site through the following two links: https://www.apdaparkinson.org/resources-support/smart-patients/  or www.smartpatients.com/apda. Individuals can join the community by sharing their email address and setting up a free personal account. Once the account is confirmed participants will have access to information, resources, and be able to participate in community conversations on topics of interest.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder affecting more than one million people in the United States. Approximately 60,000 people are newly diagnosed each year. Onset commonly occurs after the age of 60, however up to ten percent will receive a diagnosis before the age of 50. Parkinson’s is characterized by motor problems including slowness of movement, rigidity, and tremor with balance and gait problems sometimes occurring later in the course of illness. Some people may also experience a decrease in facial expression, low voice volume, small handwriting, and difficulty with fine motor movements. A number of non-motor symptoms are associated with Parkinson’s, including fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance. It is important to understand that symptoms vary from person to person.

Contact: Stephanie Paul | 800-223-2732 | SPaul@apdaparkinson.org | www.apdaparkinson.org

About the American Parkinson Disease Association:
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with PD  live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder. Founded in 1961, APDA has raised and invested more than $170 million to provide outstanding patient services and educational programs, elevate public awareness about the disease, and support research designed to unlock the mysteries of PD and ultimately put an end to this disease. To join us in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and to learn more about the support APDA provides nationally through our network of Chapters and Information & Referral (I&R) Centers, as well as our national Research Program and Centers for Advanced Research, please visit us at www.apdaparkinson.org

About Smart Patients:
Smart Patients is an online community where patients and their families affected by a variety of illnesses learn from each other about treatments, challenges, and how it all fits into the context of their experience. While providing patients with safe and high quality peer support, we help the healthcare system learn from patients in order to serve them bette

First General Surgeon Commissioned Under Navy’s New Medical Initiative

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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Latrice Jackson, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis Public Affairs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NNS) — The first General Surgeon to be commissioned under Navy Recruiting Command’s new Medical Officer Top 5 initiative was officially sworn into the Navy Reserve Aug. 18.

Dr. John Wieland, a general surgeon from Bloomington, Illinois, took the oath of office in front of his family at the Illinois Capitol Building, becoming one of the first physicians to answer the Navy’s call for reserve doctors in select medical specialties.

“As a practicing general surgeon for almost 25 years, I believe I can make a contribution to the health care of the men and women in the Navy who deserve the highest quality of care available,” said Wieland.

The Medical Officer Top 5 program was established in February to help fill the shortage of specific medical specialties in the Navy’s Reserve Medical Corps. Letters were sent out to medical professionals across the country looking for orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, anesthesiologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and perioperative nurses.

“The whole idea of the shortage of surgeons in my specialty really caught my attention and that was really the appeal of the [request] actually, that there was a need,” said Wieland.

Chief Hospital Corpsman Ariel Ampier, officer recruiter, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis, said the Navy needs more physicians like Wieland to serve.

“We’re hurting badly and these physicians they’re the ones that are going to come out and deploy and support the warfighter,” said Ampier a native of Danbury, Connecticut.

A special medical VIP team was also established as part of the initiative to provide enhanced service and guidance for qualified physicians and nurses throughout the entire application process.

“The Navy has created this program that makes it very painless to follow through on that desire to serve and I can’t tell you how many people have thanked me for doing this and I haven’t really done anything yet,” said Wieland. “There’s a tremendous gratitude within the Navy and even in my day-to-day work.”

Wieland added that joining the Reserve not only fulfilled his desire to give back, but gives him an opportunity to honor his father who served in the Dental Corps from 1953-1955.

“I could tell it meant a great deal to him to serve his country,” said Wieland. “To this day, at age 87 he lights up when he recounts his experiences in the Navy.”

Wieland said the entire process has been a humbling experience and he is glad he followed through with his decision to join the military.

For more news from Navy Recruiting District St. Louis, visit www.navy.mil/local/nrdsl/.

Leaky Gut Test

Cyrex Laboratories (a provider of autoimmune reactivity screenings) has announced the availability of their intestinal antigenic permeability test—the Array 2. Known as the “Leaky Gut” test, Array 2 is unique among clinical testing in its ability to identify the route of damage occurring in the intestinal barrier.

PHOENIX (July 13, 2016) – Cyrex Laboratories, a clinical laboratory specializing in functional immunology and autoimmunity, offers Array 2, an intestinal antigenic permeability screen. The Array 2 is the most advanced test on the market to accurately measure intestinal permeability or “leaky gut” as well as assess systemic Lipopolysaccharides (LPS)—a byproduct of bacteria. The Array 2 is unique among clinical testing in its ability to identify the route of damage occurring in the intestinal barrier.

Knowing the pathway of degeneration helps the practitioner narrow his/her focus in identifying the triggers causing damage and choose the most effective gut healing protocol for the patient. Dr. David Perlmutter, a renowned neurologist and leader in preventative medicine who recently released the New York Times Best Seller Brain Maker, said, “I consider the Cyrex Array 2 to be the most effective laboratory study available for evaluating gut permeability.”

Array 2 is recommended for patients who have food sensitivities, abnormal immune cell count and function, or who present multiple symptoms suggestive of autoimmune disorders, such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, skin issues and/or cognitive impairment.  Because of the significant correlation between the gut and brain barriers, Array 2 can also be used in combination with Cyrex’s Array 20, a potent tool for assessing permeability of the blood brain barrier.

“With gastrointestinal barrier integrity being a causal mechanism for so many autoimmune and metabolic diseases, there has never been a more important time for those practicing to quantify what is being observed clinically,” says Dr. Randall Gates, D.C, D.A.C.N.B. and Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Dr. Martin Rutherford, D.C., C.F.M.P and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. “Simply, the Cyrex Array 2 allows us as practitioners to ascertain and demonstrate to patients the problem at hand.”

Physicians and other licensed healthcare professionals, as well as patients, interested in learning more about Array 2, 20 or any of the Cyrex Arrays that are part of the Cyrex System, are encouraged to visit www.joincyrex.com for additional information.

About Cyrex Laboratories
Cyrex is a clinical immunology laboratory specializing in functional immunology and autoimmunity. Cyrex offers multi-tissue antibody testing for the early detection and monitoring of today’s complex autoimmune conditions. Cyrex develops innovative testing arrays through continuous collaboration with leading experts in medical research and clinical practice. Cyrex technology is built on four pillars of excellence, including the antigen purification system, optimized antigen concentration, antigen-specific validation and parallel testing technology. Cyrex is a CLIA licensed laboratory based in Phoenix, Arizona and holds a Medical Device Establishment License in Canada.

Mosquito Bites & the Zika Virus

With the 4th of July coming up and people being outside having bbq’s and watching the fireworks I thought I would address the seriousness of mosquito bites and the Zika Virus.

What is the Zika Virus? It’s a virus that is spread thru a mosquito bite. Symptoms of the virus are: joint pain, rash, fever, and conjunctivitis. It is usually a mild illness with symptoms lasting several days up to a week. Hospitalization due to severe illness is uncommon and deaths from the illness are really rare.

The CDC says we shoud be concerned about the Virus because it can cause birth defects in babies that are born to women that were infected with the virus while they were pregnant.

How to prevent mosquito bites according to the CDC:

Here is what the CDC suggests.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.sunsc
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. Choosing an EPA-registered repellent ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for effectiveness. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
    • Always follow the product label instructions.
    • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
    • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
    • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
  • To protect your child from mosquito bites:
    • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
    • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
    • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
    • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
    • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
    • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
    • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
    • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
    • Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

 

The CDC suggests the following for pregnant women:

  • Pregnant women should not travel to any area where Zika virus is spreading.
  • Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.
  • Women trying to become pregnant, and their male partners, should consult with their doctor before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.
  • Zika virus can be spread by a man to his sexual partners. Men who have lived in or traveled to an area with Zika and who have a pregnant partner should either use condoms or not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during the pregnancy.

Here is more info on the Zika virus:

  • No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease (Zika).
  • Zika virus is mostly spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites .
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.
  • Zika virus can be spread during sex by a man infected with Zika to his sex partners.

I encourage everyone to please take the precautions suggested by the CDC to lessen the chance of contacting the Zika virus.

 

Massage and Less Stress

While I don’t normally like to put my health issues out there I am going to do it as it kind of ties in with the main point of this post. I have Multiple Sclerosis, COPD, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Asthma, Coronary Artery Disease, Thyroid Problems, Degenerative Disk Disease, and several other health issues. Needless to say I am in a lot of pain and under a lot of stress. I have had a couple of massages and they have really helped but they are expensive. My pain doctor had me get a TENS Unit and it is AMAZING! I love it. It allows my muscles to relax and the tension to fade away…not completely but it does lessen the pain and tension. So, with that being said, I would like to introduce you to Dakota Digital for truMedic.

Massage helps the country to de-stress

The fast-paced world of today is nothing if not interesting; time seems to fly and stress levels are through the roof. With an estimated forty-three percent of all adults suffering adverse health effects from stress, the demands, frustrations and deadlines put upon people clearly take their toll. The leader in pain relief and relaxation, truMedic, are urging those feeling the results of increased stress levels to view it as their body telling them to slow down and get some much deserved R&R.

Everyone has varying amounts of stress in their lives, and sometimes, through no fault of their own, these stresses all get a bit too much and can cause symptoms such as severe pain, depression and anxiety – but to name a few – as a result of the persistent tension.

Treating stress is very much a case of trial and error, however research has suggested that massage can significantly help decrease stress hormone levels, and as a consequence, reduce the bodily effects caused by stress. Aiding in the reduction of anxiety and depression, while easing pain from backaches and headaches, relieving the symptoms of fibromyalgia, enhancing the immune system function and improve sleep quality and self-image, massage has been long championed as a way to effectively manage stress levels.

Anthony Izzo, VP of truMedic, said, “Many people could do with slowing down a little bit, however with the demands of everyday life, that is not always possible. For those who are suffering from high stress but aren’t able to reduce it, massage is an excellent way of releasing the pain and tension caused by persistently high stress levels. Going to a masseuse regularly can not only be impractical for some, but can also become extremely expensive over a period of time. At home massage devices are the ideal solution for those wanting to reap the benefits of massage, cost-effectively and in the comfort of their own home.”

A relaxing massage is one of the most enjoyable and beneficial experiences that life offers. Helping to reverse the body’s physical reaction to stress and strain, massage also helps calms and clear the mind. truMedic offers a range of TENS machines to help combat tension caused by stress in the back, while the ever-popular Instashiatsu+ mimics the traditional Japanese shiatsu massage, aiding in reduced tension and pain in the neck and shoulders.

To find out more about truMedic and browse the full range of products available for purchase online, go to: http://www.trumedic.com

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Dakota Digital for truMedic

Contact: Hannah Byrne

Email: hannah@dakotadigital.co.uk

Tel UK: 01623 428996

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