Have you listened to the Parkinson’s Life podcast?
Author: Saskia MairPublished: 23 September 2021
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From coping with loneliness to getting a good night’s sleep – each episode of the Parkinson’s Life podcast brings together people from the community for an honest conversation about how to live well with Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s Life magazine aims to offer a ‘voice’ to the global Parkinson’s community – and our award-winning podcast puts these voices front and centre. Bringing together guests from around the world, the podcast provides insight into a broad range of topics impacting people with the condition.
Whether you’re searching for tips on getting creative, curious about navigating the workplace with Parkinson’s or interested in an open conversation about love, sex and the condition – you can explore every episode of our podcast here.
We’re always keen to hear from anyone interested in taking part in an episode. If you’d like to get involved, please email email@example.com.
Writer Heather Kennedy and musician Robbie Tucker on how Parkinson’s can impact dating, relationships and break-ups.
Wytze Russchen is joined by Dr Indu Subramanian to discuss what makes connecting with others so important, how to find ways of coping with loneliness – and why it’s vital to learn to appreciate the little things.
In an episode initiated and funded by Britannia Pharmaceuticals, Colin Cheesman and Dr Nishantha Silva talk about what it means to reach an ‘advanced’ stage of the condition.
Cormac and Mary Mehigan are joined by Parkinson’s advanced nurse practitioner Brian Magennis for a conversation on the challenges of getting a good night’s sleep – and how to overcome them.
UK composer and musician Amy Mallett and American film-maker and hip-hop artist Walter J Archey III, who has Parkinson’s, talk about the interaction between Parkinson’s and creativity.
Omotola Thomas, Sharon Krischer and Mariette Robijn explore the particular challenges facing the 3 million women living with Parkinson’s worldwide.
Physiotherapist Josefa Domingos and her patient Idelta Oliveira on how to speak the same language as your healthcare professional.
Elisabeth Ildal and Gary Boyle share their experiences of choosing to keep working after diagnosis – and navigating the workplace with Parkinson’s.
Ola Larsson and Ivona Cudova talk candidly about the highs and lows of caring for a parent or partner with Parkinson’s.
What’s it like bringing up children while living with Parkinson’s? Canada-based broadcaster Larry Gifford and American blogger and communications director Allison Toepperwein share their perspectives.
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Podcast: How can you speak the same language as your healthcare professional?
Physiotherapist Josefa Domingos opens up with her patient Idelta Oliveira
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Heart problems linked to dementia risk in Parkinson’s disease, say researchers
Researchers at the University of Turin, Italy, have identified that Parkinson’s-related cardiovascular problems may increase a patient’s risk of developing dementia within five years. According to the study, it is estimated that more than half of people with Parkinson’s experience an impairment of the autonomic nervous system – which helps to regulate bodily functions such as blood pressure, body temperature, respiration and heart rate. The researchers investigated the effects of this impairment on key functional Parkinson’s outcomes – including dementia, falls and postural instability – by observing 65 patients at the university’s movement disorders centre and following up after five years. Evaluations throughout the study assessed patients’ cognitive function, automatic symptoms and other motor and non-motor features. In the findings, which were published in the ‘Journal of Neurology’, the researchers noted that worse cardiovascular assessment scores were “associated with a sevenfold higher risk of developing dementia”.
A “revolutionary” step in stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease?
Scientists in China have developed a method to help improve stem cell research in mice models of Parkinson’s – which could potentially lead to promising new treatments. The researchers, based at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, identified two cell surface markers of dopamine neurons, which are reduced in Parkinson’s. They injected cells with these markers into the brains of the mice and found that this resulted in “higher therapeutic potency” for improving motor symptoms of the condition. As part of their research, the team also worked to control the variability of donor cells, to help improve therapeutic outcomes for Parkinson’s cell therapy. The researchers, whose study was published in ‘The Journal of Clinical Investigation’, described the findings as a “revolutionary step on the road towards more effective and safer stem cell therapies”.
Could frequent nightmares be an early sign of Parkinson’s disease?
A new study has suggested that experiencing recurrent nightmares and bad dreams could be an early symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers from the University of Birmingham, UK, used data from an existing US study that followed 3818 men, aged 67 or older, over a period of 12 years. Participants who reported experiencing bad dreams at least once a week were followed up. During the follow up, 91 people were diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The results suggested that participants who had frequent bad dreams were twice as likely to develop the condition as those who did not. Commenting on the study, lead author Dr Abidemi Otaiku said: “While we need to carry out further research, identifying the significance of bad dreams and nightmares could indicate that individuals who experience changes to their dreams in older age – without any obvious trigger – should seek medical advice.”