Parkinson

Artificial knees have helped seniors treat osteoarthritis and other similar conditions, but new research suggests it's important to remain active after the procedure. A study recently published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that knee replacement surgery is closely tied to weight gain, Reuters reports.

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Researchers from National Taiwan Hospital have reported that there may be a link between taking fat-soluble statins and a lower risk for Parkinson's disease. Statins are drugs that are used to manage cholesterol levels in the liver. 

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April is recognized across the country as Parkinson’s Awareness Month and for those responsible for the care of a loved one with the condition, it may serve as a good time to evaluate how they provide care. This is especially true when it comes to looking at their living environment, as there are many small changes Parkinson’s care providers can make to help their loved one live more independently. 

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One of the biggest challenges posed by Parkinson’s disease is that there’s no surefire test to diagnose the condition. However, new research suggests that looking at a patient’s salivary glands could offer some insight into whether he or she has the disease earlier than ever before.

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Parkinson’s affects approximately 1 million Americans, and experts estimate that about 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. It can be difficult to identify the most subtle early signs of the disease, but new research suggests something as simple as voice recording may be able to diagnose the condition, according to The Daily Mail. 

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It happens at least once per generation; a shocking diagnosis sends a ripple effect throughout an entire family. While each family reacts differently to life-changing news, one thing remains the same; it is an opportunity for families to strengthen their relationships and renew an optimistic outlook. 

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