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Parkinson: 200 years in 200 words

Parkinson: 200 years in 200 words

Essay on the Shaking Palsy " would change his understanding of what is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Much has been advanced in these 200 years, but certainly the synthesis of levodopa was the greatest revolution in the treatment of this disease so far. Since then, we have discovered that Parkinson's disease goes far beyond "tremor" in the hands, highlighting the so-called "non-motor" symptoms such as sleep and bowel disorders; we discovered more than a dozen genes implicated in the disease, discovered other medications as dopaminergic agonists, and Parkinson's surgery with electrode implant in the brain has become safe and very effective for selected patients. Of course a lot is yet to come. Soon, for example, we'll have a formulation of levodopa in the form of a nasal spray.

In these 10 years working as a neurologist specializing in neurodegenerative diseases, I learned from my patients countless lessons, especially with my patients with Parkinson's. And perhaps the word that best summarizes what to expect in the next 200 years is hope.

But let it arrive well before ...


Sodium bicarbonate: main uses and benefits

Sodium bicarbonate: main uses and benefits

In chemistry, substances have their acidity measured by pH. Acids usually have a lower pH (between 1 and 5) while bases (or alkaline substances) have a higher pH (between 9 and 14). The substances in the medium are called neutral. When a medium is very acid, it is usually used alkaline substances to reduce this, and the opposite also works.

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Amanda Seyfried reveals suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder

Amanda Seyfried reveals suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder

Actress Amanda Seyfried, best known for her role in films such as Evil Girls, Dear John and Mamma Mia, revealed in an interview with Allure magazine that she suffered from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) since her teens. "I'm taking Lexapro and I'm never going to get rid of it. A mental illness is something that people put into a different category, but I think it should be taken as seriously as any other, "said the actress.

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