Monday, October 19, 2009

Parkinson's Disease News Updates in Brief

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From Parkinson's Action Network:

VA Secretary Supports Veterans with Parkinson's Disease Exposed to Agent Orange
Veterans Administration Establishes Presumption of Service Connection for Vietnam Veterans with PDM

Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, established that Parkinson’s disease will receive a presumption of service connection for disabled Vietnam veterans living with Parkinson’s disease.  Based on a July 2009 report by the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM), this decision simplifies and accelerates the benefits application process for Vietnam veterans with Parkinson’s disease who were exposed to Agent Orange.  Now, Vietnam veterans with Parkinson’s disease applying for disability benefits do not have to prove an association between their illness and military service.
“The entire Parkinson’s disease community supports this decision by Secretary Shinseki,” said Amy Comstock Rick, PAN Chief Executive Officer.  “This will now allow our Vietnam veterans to receive the support and care they so rightly deserve rather than becoming experts on Agent Orange exposure simply to apply for benefits.”
...."available evidence supports a possible link between exposure to Agent Orange and Parkinson’s disease.  Along with Parkinson’s disease, the Secretary also established a service connection for B cell leukemias (such as hairy cell leukemia) and ischemic heart disease.  There are 12 other presumed illnesses recognized by the VA"
....."The U.S. Military Veterans with Parkinson’s (USMVP), a group of over 200 Vietnam veterans living with Parkinson’s disease, has championed this issue for years and has strongly advocated for VA benefits.  It was through their hard work and determination that Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange will now receive the benefits due to them for their service."

Nutritional Supplements

Green Tea
Drinking five cups of green tea per day may reduce the incidence of psychological distress by 20 per cent, says a new study from Japan.
Green tea extracts may slow smokers’ lung damage

Omega 3

Supplements of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may protect or retard the development of fatty liver related to obesity, suggest findings from an animal study
CoQ10 by any other name:
Andelir®, CoenzymeQ, Co-enzyme Q10, Coenzyme Q (50), CoQ, CoQ10, CoQ(50), Co-Q10, CoQ-10,
2,3 dimethoxy-5 methyl-6-decaprenyl benzoquinone, Heartcin®, idebenone (synthetic analogue),
Kaneka Q10™, mitoquinone, Neuquinone®, Qunol, Q-Sorb, Q10, Q-Gel®, Solu™ Q10, Taidecanone®,
ubidecarenone, ubiquinol, ubiquinone, ubiquinone-10, ubiquinone-Q10, Udekinon®, vitamin q10, vitamin Q10

Clinical Trial: Effects of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ) in Parkinson Disease

Other News
Cogane headed for Phase II trials
June 2010:  Phytopharm announced that it has received FDA protocol approval to procede with Cogane Phase II clinical trials. Enrollment will begin in late 2010.
You can read the Phytopharm press release here
Check back for the links to the enrollment links.

Forced Exercise
See PD Trials for contact information about the Dr Albert's Forced Exercise trial, The Therapeutic Effect of Exercise on Parkinson's disease, Study ID: 09-439

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