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A promising new lead in the fight against Parkinson’s disease

31 March 2020

Today, many research projects are aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of drugs already available for other diseases to treat Parkinson’s disease.

A product commonly used to treat gallstones has shown great promise for treating Parkinson’s disease, at least in animal models, over the past decade or so. So much so that this product is now being tested in humans, with apparently interesting effects!

Let’s see how it works and what evidence there is of its effectiveness so far.

UDCA is a naturally occurring bile acid that is used in the treatment of gallstones. Recently, several research groups have demonstrated that this medication also has beneficial properties in models of Parkinson’s, which has led to the initiation of clinical trials to see if this treatment should be re-positioned for used in PD.

UDCA is a molecule naturally present in bile. It is currently used to treat gallstones. However, researchers have shown that UCDA has properties that go far beyond its primary function.

This molecule is also able to block programmed cell death, particularly of dopaminergic neurons. In Parkinson’s disease, the death of these neurons is partly explained by a dysfunction of the mitochondria (the lungs of the cells). Once this essential part of the cell is damaged, the cell starts a process of self-destruction.

This news led to the study of this molecule directly in people living with the disease in the United States (Minnesota). Last month, the results of this study were published. The researchers showed that this molecule is safe and well tolerated by patients. They also suggest, through clinical evaluations and brain imaging techniques, that UDCA has a place in the arsenal of drugs that can prevent disease progression.

A Phase II study, conducted on a small number of patients, is currently underway. The entire Parkinson’s community is eager to see the results of…

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Important : COVID-19

13 March 2020

IMPORTANT: All group activities in our regional offices and Parkinson Québec events have been preventively suspended until March 31st.

We will keep you informed of the evolution of the situation on the website and on the Facebook page of Parkinson Québec.

Here is a detailed list of all suspended events:

  • Parkinson Québec Events:
    March 17 – Interuniversity Symposium
    April 25 and 26 – Scotia Challenge

 

  • Activities of the ‘bureau régional Haute Yamaska’
    Any event/meeting (self-help group, exercise group, workshop) held in person for the month of March is cancelled. 
    If events/meetings are held at a distance, a member of your regional office will contact you. 

 

  • Activities of the “bureau régional Rive-Sud
    Any event/meeting (self-help group, exercise group, workshop) held in person for the month of March is cancelled. 
    If events/meetings are held at a distance, a member of your regional office will contact you.

 

  • Activities of the “bureau régional Basses-Laurentides”
    Any event/meeting (self-help group, exercise group, workshop) held in person for the month of March is cancelled. 
    If events/meetings are held at a distance, a member of your regional office will contact you.

 

  • Activities of the “bureau régional Cœur des Laurentides” :
    -Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays in St-Sauveur and on Wednesdays and Fridays in St-Jérôme
    -Qi Gong Mondays in Saint-Sauveur
    -Boxe adaptée and Neuro équilibre, Tuesdays in St-Jérôme
    -The group accompaniment and exercises on Thursdays in St-JérômeIf events or meetings are held at a distance, a member of your regional office will contact you.

 

  • Self-organized group in the Joliette region 
    All group activities are cancelled.
    If events or meetings are held at a distance, a member of your regional office will contact you.

 

  • Self-organized group in Côte Nord
    All group activities are cancelled.
    If events or meetings are held at a distance, a member of your regional office will contact you.

For questions about our services or events, our info service…

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Parkinson and COVID-19

We are concerned about the safety, health and well-being of our Parkinson’s community across Quebec.

Here are some measures we recommend to anyone living with Parkinson’s disease:

Check your meds. List your inventory and place a new order with your pharmacist when your supply is low.

If you have the opportunity, talk to your doctor about the pneumonia vaccine. Seniors (60 years of age and older) are at the highest risk of developing the symptoms of VIDOC-19 which can lead to severe respiratory complications.

Use our online resources at all times on parkinsonquebec.ca and our YouTube channel.

If you need to make a health care professional aware of your needs in relation to Parkinson’s disease.
Click here

To avoid isolating yourself or stopping your physical activities, take advantage of our online videos at your own pace and according to your needs.
YouTube channel

Anxiety is a common symptom with people with Parkinson’s disease. However, if you feel the need to talk about it, we are available at 1 800 720.1307 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Keep your medication card handy. Keep your medication dosage card with you at all times!

 

To protect yourself from COVID-19, the government recommends the following precautions:

– Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available if you have to travel.

– Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the hollow of your sleeve; dispose of all used tissues in a garbage can lined with a garbage bag and wash your hands each time.

– Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

– Clean frequently touched surfaces with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach, 9 parts water).

– Avoid…

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How can I take advantage of better nutrition to improve my Parkinson’s condition?

5 March 2020

To celebrate Nutrition Month, Parkinson Québec is launching a series of articles on this important subject that can influence the progression of the disease. The advice provided in this article is based on the most recent research. However, don’t try to change your eating habits all at once. You may become discouraged and possibly interfere with your medication treatment. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist first.

 

1. Coloured vegetables and fruit

 

The colouring of fruits and vegetables is associated with the presence of coloured pigments, flavonoids. It is an important source of antioxidants from the diet.

In Parkinson’s disease, dopaminergic neurons gradually die. This cellular mortality is partly explained by oxidative stress.
What is it all about? It’s a process similar to rust gradually eating away at a piece of iron soaked in water.

So, if you want to protect the neurons, you don’t use rust inhibitors but you take antioxidants. Those contained in our food are excellent. The more colourful the food is, the more beneficial it is in slowing down cell degeneration. So add portions of coloured fruits and vegetables as well as nuts and seeds to your diet. On the other hand, red wine also contains a lot of antioxidants. No more than one glass a day, however!

Strangely enough, this protective effect of antioxidants is more pronounced in men than in women, perhaps because women are already protected by their hormones.

 

2.  Adopt an anti-inflammatory diet

Inflammation of dopaminergic neurons is another cause of death of these cells. The intestines are very sensitive to inflammation and their inflammatory response can lead to an inflammatory response also in the brain. Changes in your eating habits can therefore have an impact on the inflammation in your intestines and therefore your brain.

So adopt an anti-inflammatory diet for your…

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New Tango Class with Tango Libre

4 March 2020

New dance class in Joliette

Get ready for the beautiful days and immerse yourself in the heart of Argentine culture with Tango Libre. Resulting from a long collaboration with Parkinson Québec, the dance company Tango Libre offers a new Tango class in Joliette starting March 08, 2020. A class specifically adapted to people affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Room: Crabtree Community Centre. 59 16th Street, Crabtree, QC J0K 1B0
Schedule: Every Thursday from 1pm to 2pm.
Classes start March 19th for 8 weeks.

2 classes in Montreal and St-Bruno:

As a reminder, Tango Libre also offers classes in Montreal and St Bruno. Here is the program in link and if you have any questions or if you wish to register directly, do not hesitate to contact them at 514-527-5197 or by email at info@tangolibre.qc.ca.

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