Alfonso Fasano – Parkinson’s Disease, Is It a Paradigm of Aging?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that is rapidly overtaking Alzheimer’s disease as the most common. It’s a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and can lead to tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness in the limbs and trunk, balance problems, and difficulty walking. There is no cure for this disease but there are many ways to manage it. PD has many problems for our society, from caregiver stress to hospitalization costs, but our understanding of genetic and environmental causes is slowly upgrading them to the level of diseases – ‘a much-needed step towards precision medicine.’ Precision medicine offers the hope of tailored treatments for each individual, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. We hope that by increasing our understanding of PD we can create better treatments and hopefully one day a cure. Join me in conversation with Dr. Alfonso Fasano, Professor of Medicine, Neurology University of Toronto.——————– Bio: Dr. Alfonso Fasano is a renowned and award-winning neurologist, scientist, and researcher. He has published over 180 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, including the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. He joined Toronto Western Hospital’s Movement Disorder Centre where he co-directs the surgical program for movement disorders. Dr. Fasano’s main interest is patho_physiology, studying how problems with brain function can lead to changes in behavior or other symptoms – which he pursues through his research on Parkinson’s disease (PD).  He is currently leading several clinical trials to better understand PD and improve treatments. Learn more about Dr. Fasano:Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinic:

Flávio Henrique de Rezende Costa – Don’t Let Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Steal Your Loved One’s Dignity

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are two of the world’s most common neurological disorders. Alzheimer’s affects approximately 6.2 million people, while Parkinson’s affects nearly 10 million, according to the World Health Organization. These diseases can have far-reaching consequences for both patients and their families. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease can cause depression and anxiety in addition to memory loss, confusion, and mobility issues. These diseases have a tremendous impact on healthcare systems and families, leading to increased burdens on care providers and significantly altering the lives of those affected. There is no cure for either disease, but there are treatments that can help with symptoms. Medical marijuana is a promising area of study for both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. While more research is needed, preliminary evidence suggests that cannabinoids may aid in the improvement of sleep, the reduction of inflammation, and the protection of nerve cells from damage. Another promising area of research is personalized medicine. This method entails tailoring treatment to the individual patient, taking into account factors such as genetic makeup and lifestyle. We may one day be able to develop more effective treatments and even find a cure if we better understand the causes of these diseases. Until then, we must continue to support patients and their families as they face the challenges of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.———- Bio: Dr. Flávio Henrique de Rezende Costa MD, MSc, PhD, is a neurologist and movement disorder specialist. He is a Professor of Neurology at Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University and Director of Movement Disorders at Clementino Fraga Filho University Hospital. He has dedicated his life to teaching and researching the causes and potential treatments of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Visit Flávio on LinkedIn: Scholar:

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