Kathleen Reynolds Featured in AU Health Publication

A familiar face appears in the summer edition of Augusta University’s Your Health Today publication: Kathleen Reynolds. The article tells the story of Kathleen’s Parkinson’s diagnosis and how she fights back, including Rock Steady Boxing training 3 days per week. Here’s an excerpt:kathleen-and-dick-reynolds-10-810x540

“‘I read anything I can put my hands on.’ said Kathleen, who graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English literature. ‘I try to stay informed without feeling hopeless that all I’m doing is fighting deterioration.’ Kathleen isn’t merely fighting deterioration; she’s staying strong. She focuses on getting her information from places that also offer support …. Kathleen and [husband]Dick recently joined a tour that traveled from Beijing to Mongolia and Siberia, and will be celebrating the marriage of their second daughter in October in Chicago.”

Not mentioned in the article is the fact that Kathleen currently volunteers as treasurer on the board of the CSRA Parkinson Support Group. Keep up the fight Kathleen! Read the full article here: augustahealth.org/stories

Kroger Tulip Cards

KrogerLogo.88195501_stdKroger has supported the CSRA Parkinson Support Group for many years. Much of the amount of their generous annual contribution is raised in stores throughout the region through customers’ donations toward tulip cards. The program this year begins August 13th and continues through August 26th. Shop at Kroger, especially during those two weeks. As you check out, tell the cashier you want to make a tulip donation for Parkinson’s. One dollar will get you a card, but an additional amount is always welcome. Help make the Kroger Parkinson’s Tulip drive a success!

While you’re at it, you should register for POP Walk 2017, the People of Parkinson’s Walk: October 7th, 9 am, at First Baptist Augusta. Click here to learn more: popwalk.org

Nominate Now for Georgia Caregiver of the Year

Nominations are due by June 30 for the 2015 Georgia Caregiver of the Year. Awards are given in three categories and may be focused on caring for the handicapped, elderly, or in a dire family situation:

  • Family Caregiver: any family member providing assistance to relative with a disability or chronic illness
  • Para-Professional Caregiver, e.g.: LPN, therapy aide, CNA, Home Health Aide, or Patient Care Tech
  • Volunteer Caregiver: one that has worked with an organization or family on a regular basis or event that’s made a difference in the life of a care receiver.

The Awards are given by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, a Georgia organization unique in the country that recognizes the dedication of caregivers in a variety of circumstances. Nominees and the winners will be recognized at the annual caregiver’s luncheon in November.

Download and print the nomination form here:
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COENZYME Q10 HAS NO EFFECT IN PD

Coenzyme Q10 was not only not beneficial it appeared, if anything, to be detrimental.

People with Parkinson’s Disease were given either a placebo, 1200mg of CoQ10 per day, or 2400mg of CoQ10 per day. All of them were also given 1200 IU per day of vitamin E. Participants were observed for 16 months or until a disability requiring dopaminergic treatment. The treatments were well tolerated with no safety concerns. However, the worsening of Parkinson’s Disease was actually related to the higher Coenzyme Q10 dose. Those taking no Coenzyme Q10 worsened by 6.9 points on the UPDRS. Those taking 1200mg worsened by 7.5 points. Those taking 2400mg worsened by 8.0 points.

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Exploring the Brain for Keys to Solving PD

In a brain that functions normally, the billions of electrical impulses that neurons generate each second are generally independent of one another. But in Parkinson’s, for unknown reasons, many of the impulses occur simultaneously, synchronize with one another and then bounce back and forth in unison between brain structures called the subthalamus and the globus pallidus, and elsewhere, generating their own form of pathological feedback.

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Osteoporosis, Fracture Risk in PD

PD patients were at higher risk of osteoporosis, with female PD patients at a higher risk compared to males. BMD levels in PD patients were lower for hip, lumbar spine, and the femoral neck. All PD patients had an increased risk of fractures compared to healthy controls with hip fractures accounting for 50% of fractures in PD patients. Vertebral fractures were most common in healthy controls.

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