Friday, March 18, 2011

Good News for Sufferers of Parkinson's Disease

Gene Therapy Reverses Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

ScienceDaily (Mar. 17, 2011) — A gene therapy called NLX-P101 dramatically reduces movement impairment in Parkinson's patients, according to results of a Phase 2 study published today in the journal Lancet Neurology. The approach introduces a gene into the brain to normalize chemical signaling.
A new study brings hope for Parkinson sufferers.

The study is the first successful randomized, double-blind clinical trial of a gene therapy for Parkinson's or any neurologic disorder, and it represents the culmination of 20 years of research by study co-authors Dr. Michael Kaplitt, vice chairman for research in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and a neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Dr. Matthew During, originally at Yale University and now professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, neuroscience and neurological surgery at the Ohio State University.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Are you sleep deprived? Nanna Naps are good for you!

Are you getting enough sleep? 
Maybe you could squeeze in a 'Nanna Nap' to ease your situation and lower your blood pressure....
The frenetic lifestyle  some of us now lead with extra work loads to make ends meet,  studying  part-time to improve  our chances of a better position in life, staying up half the night studying or doing our chores because we can't get it done in normal hours…. The perils of modern society and then there's the internet and what about television? Not to mention the attention we need to give our loved ones and the other people in our life... If we get a few moments to spare we then 'watch' TV to relax!  To try and fit it all in to our daily schedule, there's no wonder we are sleep-deprived.  Going to bed later, but still getting up at the same time has had to have an effect on our waking performance, and possibly our stress level tolerance.
According to Science Daily: 
"The average sleep duration is now almost 2 hours shorter per night than it was 50 years ago. And this could be impacting our long-term health."  and  ''...sleeping less has been linked to an increased risk of hypertension and cardiovascular problems generally''

That Nanna nap is starting to sound really healthy...

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