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Persistent tremors are just one symptom of Parkinson's Disease. Understand Parkinson's Disease better by watching this video about its risk factors, symptoms and treatments.
Transcript: Is that persistent tremor just a normal sign of aging, or could it be something more serious?... Could...
Is that persistent tremor just a normal sign of aging, or could it be something more serious?... Could it be Parkinson's disease? More than 1.5 million Americans suffer from the degenerative movement disorder known as Parkinson's disease. Although the disease is currently incurable, it is not fatal. Parkinson's primarily affects the elderly, with almost all diagnosis' being made after the age of 60. In fact, just 15 percent of patients experience Parkinson's symptoms before age 50. Parkinson's disease is not new. In fact, it has been around for centuries. The symptoms of Parkinson's were first described in ancient Indian and Chinese texts, where the recommended treatment was a series of herbal preparations. The disorder was formally recognized in 1817, when British physician James Parkinson published an essay cataloging the symptoms. He called the disease "paralysis agitans," but fellow doctors soon coined the disease Parkinson's. Today, scientists understand that Parkinson's disease results, in part, from a shortage of the brain chemical dopamine. Dopamine stimulates receptors in the basal ganglia, a part of the brain that controls motor functions and emotions. Normal brain stimulation results in good nerve cell function, and normal movements. In people with Parkinson's, however, 70 percent or more of these dopamine cells have died, reducing the amount of dopamine in the system. As a result, movement becomes very difficult. Classic Parkinson's symptoms include tremors, difficulty balancing, stiff limbs and slower movements. Some patients experience decreased facial movement, including trouble blinking and swallowing. The cause of Parkinson's is unknown, although scientists do suspect both genetics and exposure to environmental toxins may play a role. In rare cases, head trauma, stroke or prescription antipsychotic medications may also contribute to the onset of symptoms. Although Parkinson's disease is progressive, people who have it can still lead fulfilling, productive lives. Just look at three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali. Since his diagnosis in the mid 1980s, Ali has written a book, started a line of healthy snack food and traveled the world for humanitarian aid projects. Actor Michael J. Fox hasn't let Parkinson's get in the way of his career, either, starring in more than 20 feature films and television series since he began experiencing symptoms in the early 1990s. The actor is also an advocate for people with the disease, and has created The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Although the degenerative disease known as Parkinson's is not curable, there are a number of treatments that can help sufferers lead healthy lives. So please...talk to your doctor if you have concerns about Parkinson'sMore »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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Aren't Alzheimer's and dementia the same thing? Not quite. Learn how they are two different conditions.
Transcript: Dementia and Alzheimer's. Both result in a loss of cognitive function, so many people assume that they're...
Dementia and Alzheimer's. Both result in a loss of cognitive function, so many people assume that they're DIFFERENT names for the SAME disease. In fact, dementia is a GENERAL description of cognitive problems such as memory loss, the inability to reason, communication problems, paranoia, and personality changes. Dementia can be caused by MANY different conditions or disorders. Alzheimer's is the most common TYPE of dementia, accounting for 50 to 70 percent of all cases. It's a degenerative brain disease that is characterized by the formation of what are called amyloid plaques and nerve fiber tangles. These clumps of runaway proteins interfere with the transmission of information from nerve to nerve. Over time, some areas of the brain shrink and other areas, where there is cerebrospinal fluid, enlarge. Other types of dementia include multi-infarct dementia-which is triggered by mini-strokes, and dementia associated with circulatory problems such as atherosclerosis. Dementia can also be triggered by infections that affect the central nervous system such as HIV or Parkinson's, chronic drug or alcohol use, depression, and complications from an injury. These types of dementia strike a diverse range of people, while Alzheimer's most often occurs in those over the age of 60. In fact 45% of people 85 or older develop Alzheimer's. It is possible to have more than one form of dementia, and Alzheimer's and vascular dementia are frequently co-conditions. To learn more about Alzheimer's disease, watch the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-20 | Tags »
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Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease can include tremors. Learn about other symptoms in this video.
Transcript: In 1817, James Parkinson used the words "shaking palsy" to describe the symptoms of the disease that...
In 1817, James Parkinson used the words "shaking palsy" to describe the symptoms of the disease that was eventually named after him. The TREMORS of the hands, ARMS, legs, JAW and face that he described are perhaps the most obvious symptoms, but as he noticed, they're NOT the only ones. This motor disorder has THREE other primary symptoms: Slowness of movement, known as bradykinesia, stiffness of the limbs and torso, and diminished balance and coordination. And loss of motor function becomes worse over time as nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitter DOPAMINE, which controls movement, gradually degenerate. This slow erosion of muscle control causes people with Parkinson's to experience SECONDARY symptoms such as difficulty speaking, swallowing or chewing, urinary problems, cognitive issues, sleep disruptions, and depression and anxiety. Learn more about Parkinson's disease by watching the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-08-10 | Tags »
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No, knuckle cracking and arthritis are not related. But that does not mean it's safe to crack your knuckles, as it could lead to other problems. Find out more in this video.
Transcript: Crack. Pop. Click. These sounds jump from the joints of those in the habit of cracking their knuckles....
Crack. Pop. Click. These sounds jump from the joints of those in the habit of cracking their knuckles. Depending on your point of view, knuckle-popping sounds disgusting or cool. But there's NO evidence that it inflames the joints or leads to arthritis. Located between two bones, the knuckles are bathed in synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints. Sometimes, a bubble of gas forms in this fluid, and when the knuckles are cracked, it breaks the adhesive seal in the joint, and we hear: Pop! The arthritis connection may be an old wives' tale, but cracking your knuckles CAN hurt your hand in other ways, and there's NO benefit to it. Instead, try bending and stretching your fingers a few times to relieve tightness. And keep in mind, that while cracking your knuckles may seem like an innocent, mindless habit, for the person next to you, it may be just as irritating as the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-13 | Tags »
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With medication and lifestyle changes, living with osteoarthritis can get easier. Watch this video to find out more about these doctor-approved recommendations.
Transcript: A host of powerful of nutrients have been proven to combat the inflammation that can lead to arthritis...
A host of powerful of nutrients have been proven to combat the inflammation that can lead to arthritis pain. For the best results, take 1500 MG of Glucosamine, 1200 MG of Chondroitin sulfate, and 510 MG of ginger a day. Each of these supplements is available at your local vitamin store. Another way to cut back on inflammation, is to make some selective dietary changes. By eating foods that discourage the body from becoming inflame, you can help reduce discomfort. A typical American diet is very high in processed sugars, salt and saturated fats. Food choices like this can lead to obesity and may results in serious inflammation. Starting an anti-inflammatory diet doesn't have to mean giving up delicious foods. Cold water fish like salmon and tuna, fresh fruits, whole grains, and dark leafy vegetables are all tasty choices. For best results avoid saturated Omega 6 fatty acids, which are in red meat and fast food. These foods may taste good now, but they really aren't worth arthritis pain later. A 15-minutes set of pilates and yoga exercises can also be extremely beneficial for people with arthritis. These gentle movements should be completed three times a week, both to help relieve existing discomfort and to prevent new pain from developing. Although there is currently no cure for arthritis, a number of options can help ease painful symptoms. For more information, check out my book "Arthritis RX: A Cutting Edge Program For Pain Free Life" and remember, if you think you may have arthritis, please see your doctor.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-04 | Tags »
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You can still have joyful sex with joint pain. Follow along with this video to find out how.
Transcript: Luckily, it's easy to find new positions that put less strain on achy joints, so your sex life stays...
Luckily, it's easy to find new positions that put less strain on achy joints, so your sex life stays steamy! If movement causes you pain, ask your partner to provide most of the acrobatics. You may prefer a position that lets you move away if you suddenly experience joint discomfort. When a man has hip or knee problems, he can lie down on his back with pillows for support. His partner can then support her weight on her elbows and/or knees. When a woman has hip or knee pain, both of you can lie down on your sides, with a pillow between the woman's knees. The man should then enter from behind. The goal is to work together for your mutual pleasure and comfort. Learning what your partner enjoys will give you confidence that you can safely please your mate!More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-28 | Tags »
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Osteoarthritis often shows early warning signs. Learn to spot the signs, before it gets into a degenerative phase.
Transcript: Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that protects bones begins to wear away. The raw area that results...
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that protects bones begins to wear away. The raw area that results causes bone to rub painfully on bone. Osteoarthritis has distinct signs including the narrowing the joint, boney spurs at the joint's margin and a one-sided distribution of joint irregularities. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, which means it becomes steadily worse overtime. People who are overweight, put extra pressure on their hips, knees and other weight bearing joints. This can contribute to the wearing away of vital joint cartilage. Other causes of osteoarthritis include sport related injuries and physical trauma like car accidents. Occupations that depend on heavy physical labor are another common culprit. Osteoarthritis is more common in older women due to shortage of estrogen. Osteoarthritis usually occurs on only one side of the body. For example, a sufferer may experience pain in their right hip but not their left. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are treatments that can help.More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-17 | Tags »
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Having healthy levels of Vitamin D is vital to your overall health. But is spending time outdoors the best ways to absorb vitamin D? Check out this video for more information on Vitamin D and the outdoors.
Transcript: Vitamin D, often referred to as the 'sunshine" vitamin-since sunlight is the best source-is key to sustaining...
Vitamin D, often referred to as the 'sunshine" vitamin-since sunlight is the best source-is key to sustaining long-term health. Prevailing wisdom has been that we get sufficient amounts of Vitamin D from our everyday exposure to sun, but recent research has found that this is NOT the case. Basically, your body cannot make Vitamin D, but you CAN get it from food and sunlight. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on diet alone to supply enough vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight is the key to producing ample amounts of this essential vitamin. But don't take this as license to bake yourself to a crisp in the sun. Generally, your body will produce adequate amounts of vitamin D with 20-30 minutes of sun exposure on your hands, arms and face everyday-but here's the rub, sunscreen dramatically inhibits UV ray penetration, which is necessary for Vitamin D production, so go out with some of your skin sunscreen-free, and then apply after 20-30 minutes have passed.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-07 | Tags »
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Understanding arthritis can help you manage the painful condition. Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: More than 66 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, and many don't even know why they're...
More than 66 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, and many don't even know why they're experiencing pain. So what exactly is arthritis? Arthritis is a disease characterized by pain, swelling or stiffness in the joints. There are more than 100 types of this disease, which is one of the oldest and most chronic in the world. To understand how arthritis works, let's take a look at the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system is made up of 650 muscles and 206 bones which support the body. The places where bones meet and movement takes place are called joints. Arthritis arises when, for various reasons, the joints stop working properly. The different types of arthritis are classified by the way in which the joint fails to function. Two of the most common joint failures result in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that protects bones begins to wear away. The raw area that results causes bone to rub painfully on bone. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, happens when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissue, resulting in joint inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease. This means it is characterized by long periods where a sufferer feels fine, interspersed with painful flare-ups. In contrast, osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, which means it becomes steadily worse over time. Therefore, osteoarthritis tends to be more common among the elderly. The disease also occurs more frequently in women. The definitive cause of rheumatoid arthritis remains unknown, although hereditary factors are suspected. Osteoarthritis, though, can be caused by a variety of factors, including obesity. People who are overweight put extra pressure on their hips, knees and other weight-bearing joints. This can contribute to the wearing away of vital joint cartilage. Other causes of osteoarthritis include sports-related injuries and physical trauma, like car accidents. Occupations that depend on heavy physical labor are another common culprit. Osteoarthritis Is more common in older women due to a shortage estrogen. No matter the classification, arthritis usually causes pain or swelling in the joints. Another frequently reported symptom is stiffness in the joints following after periods of inactivity, or in the morning. People who have rheumatoid arthritis may also feel generally ill and experience flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, fever and lack of appetite. Usually, the pain of rheumatoid arthritis is symmetrical, meaning that joints are inflamed on both sides of the body. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, usually occurs on only one side of the body. For example, a sufferer may experience pain in their right hip, but not their left. Although there is currently no cure for arthritis, a number of options can help ease painful symptoms. For more information, check out my book, Arthritis RX, or the other videos in this series. And remember, if you think you may have arthritis, please see a doctor immediately.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-27 | Tags »
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Is milk necessary for strong bones? See what new research says in this video.
Transcript: More than ten years ago, the Harvard University Nurses' Health Study, which had more than 120,000 subjects,...
More than ten years ago, the Harvard University Nurses' Health Study, which had more than 120,000 subjects, found that consumption of milk and other dairy products DOESN'T actually protect against the bone fractures of osteoporosis. In fact, those in the Harvard study who drank 3 or more servings of milk a day ACTUALLY had a slightly HIGHER rate of fractures than women who drank little or no milk. And it's interesting to note that societies with the highest intakes of dairy-the USA, England, Israel, Finland, and Sweden-ALSO show the HIGHEST rates of osteoporosis. While milk is a good source of calcium, green leafy vegetables, like spinach and collard greens are MORE POTENT sources. And beans, nuts, grains, and cruciferous veggies like brocolli and brussel sprouts, have plenty of calcium too! So don't get get sucked into the milk myth, get your calcium in the vegetable section of your market!More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-08 | Tags »
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects joints and can occur at any age. Watch this video to learn more about rheumatoid arthritis.
Transcript: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, which means it is characterized by long periods where a sufferer...
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, which means it is characterized by long periods where a sufferer feels fine and enters sports with painful flair ups. Rheumatoid arthritis happens when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissue, resulting in joint inflammation. A person with this type of arthritis may experience a loss of bone calcium and joint irregularities on both sides of the body. The majority of people with rheumatoid arthritis will have rheumatoid factor antibodies or RF antibodies in their blood. Your rheumatologist may choose to determine the type of arthritis you have with a joint aspiration procedure, if necessary. This type of arthritis can occur at any age. People who have rheumatoid arthritis may also feel generally ill and experience flu like symptoms such as fatigue, fever, and lack of appetite. Usually the pain of rheumatoid arthritis is symmetrical, meaning that joints are inflamed on both sides of the body. As a general rule, apply heat in the morning and before physical activity. Switch to ice in the evening and after exercise. If you are experiencing pain, swelling or stiffness in any of your joints, make an appointment to see your physician. Doing so is the first step on the road to better health. For more on arthritis, check out my book "Arthritis RX"More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-29 | Tags »
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Arthritis can be painful, but certain lifestyle changes can go a long way toward preventing arthritis pain. Learn what you can do, here.
Transcript: Osteoarthritis affects 25 million Americans, but there's good news for people suffering from the condition....
Osteoarthritis affects 25 million Americans, but there's good news for people suffering from the condition. A few lifestyle changes can help people with arthritis live with significantly less pain. For people with osteoarthritis, chronic pain can be a part of everyday life. While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are treatments that can help. In my book, Arthritis RX, I discuss a set of guidelines which can reduce arthritis pain by up to 43 percent. There are three elements to the program. The first component is a basic exercise regimen that strengthens the body's core muscles. The second part recommends daily nutritional supplements to ease inflammation. Finally, the plan illustrates the basics of an anti-inflammatory diet. A host of powerful nutrients have been proven to combat the inflammation that can lead to arthritis pain. You can get the benefit of these nutrients by supplementing your diet with a mixture of glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and ginger. For the best results, take 1,500 milligrams of glucosamine, 1,200 milligrams of chondroitin sulfate and 510 milligrams of ginger a day. Each of these supplements is available at your local vitamin store. Another way to cut back on inflammation is to make some selective dietary changes. By eating foods that discourage the body from becoming inflamed, you can help reduce discomfort. The typical American diet is very high in processed sugars, salt and saturated fats. Food choices like this can lead to obesity and may result in serious inflammation! Starting an anti-inflammatory diet doesn't have to mean giving up delicious foods. Cold-water fish like salmon and tuna, fresh fruits, whole grains and dark, leafy vegetables are all tasty choices. For best results, avoid saturated omega-6 fatty acids, which are in red meat, and fast food. These foods may taste good now, but they really aren't worth the arthritis pain later! A 15-minute set of pilates and yoga exercises can also be extremely beneficial for people with arthritis. These gentle movements should be completed three times a week both help relieve existing discomfort, and to prevent new pain from developing. Let's look at an example of a yoga movement you can try at home. This is a warm-up stretch called Sun Salutation Lying Down. Lie flat on your back, with legs straight and arms at your sides, and look up at the ceiling. Inhale as you sweep your arms out to point above your head. As you exhale, sweep your arms back down. Even though osteoarthritis is currently without a cure, every person living with the condition can make the choice to engage in positive life changes like these, which will alleviate pain and discourage it from returning. Check out other content on this site for examples of exercises you can do to help ease your arthritis pain.And remember, never begin an exercise, diet or nutritional supplement program without first talking to a health care professional.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-27 | Tags »
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