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Ping Pong Helps Parkinsons

A pilot study has found that regular ping pong sessions may improve symptoms in elderly Parkinson's patients
A pilot study has found that regular ping pong sessions may improve symptoms in elderly Parkinson’s patients

In calling for sharp hand-eye coordination, alertness and quick reflexes, pingpong (or table tennis to its more serious practitioners) has come to be seen as a useful therapy for a number of ailments, in particular Alzheimer’s, dementia and those associated with the brain. Researchers in Japan have turned their eye to its potential to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, with a six-month preliminary study pointing to significant improvements in the participant’s ability to carry out a variety of everyday tasks.

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Parkinson’s Gut Brain Connection

A new study builds on the growing hypothesis that Parkinson's disease may not originate in the brain
A new study builds on the growing hypothesis that Parkinson’s disease may not originate in the brain

A new paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience is adding weight to the growing hypothesis suggesting the toxic protein clumps that cause Parkinson’s Disease begin aggregating in the gut before travelling to the brain. The study, led by scientists from Caltech, points to a particular enzyme that may prevent these proteins from initially clustering in the gut. read more

The Darker the Coffee, the Healthier

The longer a coffee is roasted, the higher its level of phenylindanes
The longer a coffee is roasted, the higher its level of phenylindanes(Credit: AlekseyPatsyuk/Depositphotos)

For years, scientists have suspected that drinking coffee helps lessen the chances of getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. A new study indicates that this may indeed be the case, and that the darker the roast, the better it works. read more