Parkinson’s disease questions

Discovered in 1817 by a British doctor who gave his name, Parkinson’s disease affects 4 million people worldwide. On the 100 000 to 150 000 likely PD in France, only 80,000 are known and followed. Too often still slow and earthquakes are attributed to the simple effect of aging.

Each year 8 000 new cases occur. Although this disease usually starts between the ages of 55 and 65, 5 to 10% of patients suffer at well less advanced ages (between 30 and 55 years).

Parkinson's disease

What is Parkinson’s disease?
Discovered in 1817, Parkinson’s disease is still far from having delivered all its secrets. Affecting the nervous system, its cause is still not known. The disease is characterized by the disappearance of a small number of nerve cells (neurons) that secrete a neurotransmitter called dopamine involved in the proper functioning of many regions of the brain, and essential to the survival of cells. Continue reading “Parkinson’s disease questions”

Parkinson’s disease: a difficult diagnosis

At the beginning of the disease, the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is difficult because symptoms may go unnoticed. Nevertheless several criteria now allow to carry a reliable diagnosis… If not early.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are progressive and little specific: fatigue, pain, rheumatism, depression… This is why the national agency of Accreditation and assessment in health (predecessor of the high authority of health) listed specifically in 2000 the criteria according to which the parkinsonian diagnosis could and should be established.


The clinical criteria of Parkinson’s disease
The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is based on the review and examination of the patient, looking for symptoms previously observed. Continue reading “Parkinson’s disease: a difficult diagnosis”

Contraceptive patch: users speak!

The patch already has followers among our forums. Then, conquered or disappointed? This new method of contraception is practice? Secure? Our users confront their opinions online. Selected pieces.

Available in France since early 2004, the patch is an alternative to the existing means of contraception. What are its advantages and disadvantages? To be nonstick, discover an overview of their discussions.

Contraceptive patch

A formula practice
Unlike the pill that takes every day, the patch is placed on the abdomen or buttocks for 7 days. After three weeks (and therefore three patches) women should remove the stamp during the fourth week. So it’s the same principle as the pill, single route of administration and dosage change! “From a practical point of view, it’s great” explains Sofy 17 a Doctissimo surfer. “There is still a week.” It no longer has to wonder if it has not forgotten to take his pill. But be careful to correctly lay early in the week, otherwise the question constantly is well pasted, if there is no water that will go in and is effective even by making folds”. Continue reading “Contraceptive patch: users speak!”

The contraceptive patch landed

What woman has never forgotten to take his pill? If this method of contraception is effective, it remains binding. An alternative is now available: the contraceptive patch. Operating on the same principle as the pill, it delivers hormones through the skin.

The weekly contraceptive patch is available from January 2004 in pharmacies. Review of details of a small revolution in contraception.

The contraceptive patch landed

To paste three times per month
Already distributed in many European countries between June and September 2003, he finally arrives in France after having obtained an authorization for placing on the market in August 2002. Called EVRA, this stamp issued to dose continues a combination of hormones: progesterone and estrogen for a week. The patch of 4.5 cm2 must be glued on the bottom of the abdomen or buttocks. The pace is monthly, the patch must be changed on the same day of the week for three weeks. The fourth week, the woman must not put stamp. Continue reading “The contraceptive patch landed”

Support for Parkinson’s disease

Despite the latest medical advances, there is not today’s cure for Parkinson’s disease. But the support allows to correct the symptoms. The point with the Parkinson association.

Currently there is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease but since 1960, new treatments or discoveries occur. Drugs allow a resumption of activities in 80% of cases. For Pr Pierre Cesaro, neurologist, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Association France Parkinson, “new treatments allow to improve the quality of life of patients and extend their life expectancy of ten years from the 1970s. Among them, the brain stimulation reproduced stably the best effect of medical treatment“.

Parkinson's Disease Programme

Drug treatments
Fifty years after the discoveries of Arvid Carlsson (Nobel Prize 2000) on dopamine, which gave birth to the treatment for Parkinson’s disease, researchers are still working to better treat the symptoms failing to cure the disease. It is indeed known still not stop to date, or even slow down the process of destruction of neurons that produce dopamine.
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The management of Parkinson’s disease

Despite recent medical advances, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease. But support can correct symptoms. The point with the Association France Parkinson.

Currently there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease but, since 1960, new treatments and discoveries succeed. Drugs allow a resumption of activities in 80% of cases. For Professor Pierre Cesaro, neurologist, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Association France Parkinson, “new treatments can improve the quality of life of patients and extend their life expectancy of ten years compared to 1970s. Among them, the brain stimulation reproduced stably the best effect of medical treatment. ”

Parkinson's disease

Drug treatments
Fifty years after the discoveries of Arvid Carlsson (Nobel Prize 2000) on dopamine, which gave rise to the standard treatment for Parkinson’s disease, researchers are still trying to better treat the symptoms if they can not cure the disease . We do not know in fact still stop to date, or even slow down the destruction of neurons that produce dopamine. Continue reading “The management of Parkinson’s disease”

Parkinson’s disease: healing the body and mind

In addition to the new extended-release drug treatment, research focuses on the psycho-social aspects of Parkinson’s disease. An important to lift the veil on many prejudices and allow patients to exonerate it.

A man aged 45 has fixed lines and walk “weird.” There is, however, neither depressed nor under the influence of alcohol. It is parkinsonism. Besides tremors (2/3 of people with Parkinson’s do not shake) the misconceptions about the disease are numerous. Fortunately, management becomes increasingly global and psycho-social consequences begin to be taken into account.

the body and mind

Parkinson take charge of the body and mind
The doctors are considering the establishment of an announcement protocol, so that the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is not mentioned too abruptly. “It usually takes a year to integrate the new. Ago phases of denial, rejection and many people who try to hide as long as possible Parkinson their families. A counseling is recommended to help live well every day, “said Dr. Thierry Hergueta, a psychologist at the Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris. Continue reading “Parkinson’s disease: healing the body and mind”

A Parkinson Plan to change the lives of patients

Two years. This is the time it took to wait for a Plan Parkinson adopting all the measures proposed in the White Paper on this neurodegenerative disease measures be adopted. This is now done, and for the Association France Parkinson’s announcement in March by Nora Berra is a decisive step in the management of patients.

The implementation of the Plan Parkinson should result in a better structuring of health care delivery with the creation of 24 regional reference centers, and ultimately, better care for patients.

Parkinson Plan

Parkinson Plan contains 20 measures of Free White
A month before the World Day of XParkinson’s disease on April 11, 2012, Nora Berra, Secretary of State for Health, announced the launch of a Parkinson Plan 2011-2014 on the model of Alzheimer’s Plan. Expected for months, this decision is for Bruno Favier, president of France Parkinson, “a decisive step that finally takes into account the specificities of this neurodegenerative disease and is now of Parkinson’s disease a national priority and a major challenge public health. ” Continue reading “A Parkinson Plan to change the lives of patients”

A Parkinson when a Plan?

Great forgotten neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s disease receives no National Plan unlike Alzheimer’s disease in particular. This results in a lack of coordination in the management and research, to the detriment of patients and their families.

One year after the White Paper on Parkinson’s disease , which offered twenty measures to improve the management of patients at the time of diagnosis, help them cope with their disease and boost research, progress is stalled almost. The Association France Parkinson calls the government.

Parkinson when a Plan

Parkinson, the great “forgotten” neurodegenerative diseases
On the eve of the World Parkinson’s Day, April 11, the Association Parkinson calls on the State to launch urgently a national Parkinson Plan, like those that exist for other diseases, particularly for the Alzheimer disease . If the association has decided to act, it is estimated that Parkinson’s disease , which in France each year 14,000 new victims, is “the most overlooked of neurodegenerative diseases . ” “Today, solutions and concrete paths exist in support, but lack of resources, they are not coordinated nationally. There is no coverage of the French territory known visible and dynamic,” laments the association. Continue reading “A Parkinson when a Plan?”

Neurostimulation against Parkinson’s disease

It is possible for several years to improve the symptoms of patients with Parkinson’s disease by stimulating deep brain area. This surgical procedure is not available to all patients. Benefits, indications, techniques … Doctissimo an update.

This method is now practiced in over twenty centers in France and concern 300 new patients each year.
Neurostimulation: a beautiful story.
Neurostimulation is a beautiful scientific history, which began with experimental work. The researchers knew that the injury sub-thalamic nucleus (particular area of the brain) improves Parkinson’s symptoms in monkeys. But to go from this observation to the development of neurostimulation, it took two innovations, as recalled Prof. Agid the Salpêtrière (Paris), at the 7th International Forum on Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson's  disease

“Researchers from Bordeaux showed that poses an electrode supplied with electric current in the brain of an animal used to suppress parkinsonian symptoms caused. These results were immediately taken by the team of Prof. Benabib and Pollak in Grenoble , who has applied to the brain of the patient.’s great trick was to use a pacemaker to transform the transient effect in permanent effect on the deep brain structures. ” Continue reading “Neurostimulation against Parkinson’s disease”