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Parkinson’s patients’ symptoms are improved with weekly regimens that include both physical and cognitive exercises

Parkinson’s patients’ motor and non-motor symptoms were improved with a weekly exercise regimen that included physical and cognitive tasks, according to new research presented December 16, 2019, at The Physiological Society early career conference, Future Physiology 2019: Translating Cellular Mechanisms into Lifelong Health Strategies.

Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that can lead to disability and make it harder to lead an active lifestyle. Previous research has shown that either physical or cognitive exercises are effective at improving and sustaining cognitive and/or physical function in people with Parkinson’s.

However, doing different types of exercise (e.g. circuit training also including cognitive challenges), may be more beneficial in improving motor and non-motor symptoms.

Researchers at the University of Kent studied Parkinson’s patients that perfo

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Alzheimer's: New ultrasound technique significantly improves brain performance

In neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease or Multiple Sclerosis, brain neurons are constantly being lost, resulting in memory lapses, speech disorders, mood swings and movement disorders, for example, as well as muscle tremors in the case of Parkinson's. After 6 years of development, MedUni Vienna researchers from the Department of Neurology (Head: Thomas Berger), led by Roland Beisteiner, have developed a new method of treatment that represents a world first. Using a non-invasive ultrasound technique, it is now possible to reach all areas of the brain and activate neurons that can help to regenerate brain functions. The preliminary data, which have been prominently published on the international stage, show that this can improve brain performance. This has positioned Vienna as a world leader in an important sector of medicine.

The new method is called T

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Study: Mindfulness Improves Sleep, Reduces Stress in Cancer Survivors, Caregivers

Cancer survivors and their caregivers who completed an eight-week mindfulness program experienced significant improvements in their sleep quality and resilience while decreasing their perceived stress, according to research led by The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Results of the pilot feasibility study are published online in the journal OBM Neurobiology.

“This marks the first time the Mindfulness In Motion (MIM) program has been tested in cancer survivors and their caregivers, and these findings support this mindfulness intervention as feasible and well-accepted,” said lead author Maryanna Klatt, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine.

The study involved 20 cancer survivors and 5 caregivers who were recruited from the JamesCare for Life survivorship program at the James Cancer Hospital and Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Participants included

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Put A Brake On Booze For Dry January and Reap the Mental and Physical Benefits

By January, many people are saturated with the parties, get-togethers, and drinking that comes with the holidays. Odds are at some point in the 2019 holiday season you had a bit of a hangover from too much champagne, egg nog, or cocktails. In comes the dry-January trend to help bring in the new year by putting a brake on alcohol for the whole month. We turned to NYC neuropsychologist, Dr. Sanam Hafeez, for insight into the benefits of taking a month-long booze-free challenge for a fresh start to the new year.

Research shows that a month-long respite from alcohol can significantly benefit one’s mental and physical health. Here are some of the benefits Dr. Hafeez outlines.

1. You Save Money On Alcohol.

According to Fortune magazine in 2018, overall price averages for alcoholic beverages increased thanks to craft cocktail trends. The same can be expected for 2019. A survey by OnePoll las

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