Parkinson’s Research Advancing in Japan

Parkinson’s disease research

An innovative team of Japanese scientists have been leading a trial in monkeys aimed at restoring their damaged nerve cells. The cells are damaged in a similar way to that caused to human cells that are exposed to Parkinson’s disease.

When Parkinson’s disease onsets; a progressive loss of the nerve cells that are responsible for releasing dopamine will occur. Dopamine is vital as it helps human’s control their body movements. The group of researchers select macaque monkeys to conduct the experiment. It began with triggering a nerve cell loss mimicking that that occurs in a human body with Parkinson’s disease. They then used human stem cells to try and trigger the replacement of the cells lost in the macaque monkeys’ bodies. The monkeys had precursor dopamine neurons derived from human stem cells transplanted into their brains and after two years, showed a Read more

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