Combating Parkinson with a Punch

Elderly man boxing

A new wave of specialised boxing classes is emerging around the globe to help individuals living with Parkinson disease. This disease causes the gradual degeneration of motor skills, balance, sensory function and speech. As of yet, the global medical community is yet to find a definitive cure.

However, exploratory physical therapy has discovered that boxing provides a full-body workout that is extremely beneficial to Parkinson’s Disease patients because of the rapid combinations of hand-eye coordination with footwork. This practice facilitates the re-development and strengthening of brain and body function. This physical activity helps train the body by doing movements that using ones entire muscular structure by doing whole-body movements combined with punching and footwork in several directions. This coordinated workout provides both anaerobic and aerobic exercise as well as speed training that result in an exhilarating workout and helps increase patient’s confidence levels. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Read more

Scientists create the first 3-D bioprinter capable of printing fully functioning skin

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A group of ground-breaking scientists from Spain joined forces and created a prototype for the first 3-D bioprinter that has the capability of producing fully functioning skin.

This new technology is a result of a joint collaboration between a team of researchers from Carlos III University (UC3M), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research) and the firm BioDan Group. Their bioprinter produces fully functioning skin that is adequate for not only cosmetic, chemical and pharmaceutical testing but also skin transplants.  Luis Jorcano, professor in UC3M's department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering and head of the Mixed Unit CIEMAT/UC3M in Biomedical Engineering, explained to scientific journal Biofabrication that the skin "can be transplanted to patients or used in business settings to test chemical Read more

Possible effective treatment for Alzheimer on its way?

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Restoring your memory, or treating a person with Alzheimer’s disease? It sounds unbelievable, but it might just be possible in the near future. According to the research of neurosurgeon Dr. Lozano and his team from the University of Toronto, deep brain stimulation using electrodes might be the next step to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer´s affects the connections between nerve cells which eventually causes a loss of cells and brain tissue and a shortage of the chemicals that help transmit signals around the brain. Symptoms start mildly and get worse over time, damaging the brain, causing memory loss and problems thinking, reasoning, communication and perceiving. The brain consists of various circuits that regulate functions such as our movement, memory or cognition, and feelings like happiness, sadness, love and hate. Alzheimer’s causes a disturbance in the circuit that controls our memory and cognitive functions and stops the brain from using glucose, where it typically uses 20% Read more