Damien Hirst sculpture helps raise £250,000 in Parkinson’s art auction
The Cure3 art auction has raised over £250,000 for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. The charity event, which included pieces from Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry, asked more than 50 leading contemporary artists to create sculptures within small Perspex cubes. The pieces, which were exhibited at London auction house Bonhams, were each sold for between £1,000 and £20,000. Harvey Cammell, Deputy Chairman of Bonhams UK, said: “It is astonishingly generous of these internationally renowned contemporary artists to donate museum-quality work to this selling exhibition. Bonhams is proud to be working alongside them to support The Cure Parkinson’s Trust in its extraordinary work combatting this cruel disease.”
2.5 hours exercise a week “can reduce effects of Parkinson’s”
A new study has found that doing 2.5 hours of exercise per week can reduce the effects of Parkinson’s. The study, which appeared in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, sampled 3,408 people living with Parkinson’s. They found that those exercising for 150 minutes a week were affected less by the condition. Lead investigator Miriam Rafferty, of Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, said: “We found that people with Parkinson’s disease who maintained exercise 150 minutes per week had a smaller decline in quality of life and mobility over two years compared to people who did not exercise or exercised less.” He added: “People with Parkinson’s disease should feel empowered to find the type of exercise they enjoy, even those with more advanced symptoms.”
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Mum developed Parkinson’s during pregnancy
A mother has described the life-changing moment she discovered she had Parkinson’s disease, shortly after giving birth to her first child. Hayley Huxley, from Wales, believes she developed the condition during pregnancy. Doctors diagnosed Parkinson’s when she experienced problems using her hand, two months after the birth. The 30-year-old believes the disease was brought out of its ‘dormant’ stage by the stress of having her first daughter Poppy. Hayley was 25 at the time. “Within months of having my second child my leg became stiff and painful for the first time and I knew that the births had to be linked to my condition,” she told a UK newspaper. The Parkinson’s Disease Society says hormonal changes and the physical stress of pregnancy can worsen the symptoms. In a similar case, Parkinson’s Life blogger Sharon Krischer told how trauma during childbirth may have set off her friend’s young-onset Parkinson’s.