Posted by Nate Herpich, January 18, 2013
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Yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Northera — the brand name for droxidopa — to treat orthostatic hypotension in Parkinson’s patients.
Learn more about the FDA’s decision.
This approval after a lengthy review process is a true victory for people with Parkinson’s experiencing this common and debilitating symptom. Orthostatic hypotension is a sudden drop in blood pressure when standing, which can cause dizziness, falls and injury.
Since taking Northera can raise blood pressure when lying down, users are cautioned to sleep with their head and upper body elevated.
As the journey with Parkinson's continues, often the use of prescription medications and treatments grows. While these treatments are necessary to help maintain quality of life, there can sometimes be dangers and side effects that make one ponder if taking the prescription is worth it at all. At times, drug and medical device recalls can happen completely unbeknownst to the patient.
Doctors and medical centers have many patients making it extremely difficult to track these recalls and notify their patients in time. They also may not communicate with their patients, which lifestyle and diet changes they will need to make in order to use these drugs and devices safely and efficaciously.
The American Recall Center gives users all the information patients need to understand these matters without having to wait for their next appointment.
Wondering what hip replacement rehabilitation will entail and how long it will take before you are back to living fully? Curious about the potential side effects of a new prescription and how it might interact with other drugs you take? The American Recall Center will provide the answers to all these questions and more.
The site uses simple language that is easy for patients to understand. No matter how complex the information, the professionals at The American Recall Center are experts at communicating the information you need to keep on top of your health concerns.
Patient Safety Alerts, an exclusive feature of The American Recall Center, will send information about drugs and devices you have identified directly to your email Inbox.
All you need to do is choose which medical device groups and prescription drugs that affect you. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put out a safety update, you get an immediate notice via email.
By utilizing this free informational resource, you can become a smarter medical consumer and perhaps prevent a serious medical mishap. With this information, you will never be blindsided again by not receiving vital health information. All patients taking medications or using medical devices are recommended to check it out.
I was put on the trail of a physical therapy program by one of our Parkinson's Journey Facebook group members this morning. The trail traveled: LSVT's Think Big Physical Therapy Program.
Our member writes: “I don't know how many members of this group are in the earlier stages of PD but my husband's neurologist suggested that he try this new therapy called LSVT-BIG. It is a very intense therapy but goal oriented to each individual. I live outside the Philadelphia area and there are only 2 therapists that are certified in it so far in my area but we got my husband in with one of them and he has been attending for 3 weeks. I can't get over the difference it is making in his ability to do things such as dressing himself, his handwriting, his typing, even putting his coat on by himself. He is thrilled with the results as am I. It might be well worth looking into in your area.”
So, I went to the LSVT site. One word: amazing!
Their purpose, as taken from their site: “Today, LSVT Global specializes in the development of innovative and effective treatments for the speech communication (LSVT LOUD™) and physical/occupational therapy (LSVT BIG™) needs of individuals with Parkinson disease as well as aging and other conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. Our mission is to provide unlimited access to proven treatments for all who can benefit.”
When you watch the numerous videos of this amazing program, you can see why it is rapidly gaining attention. The voice training may be more familiar, as it's been around for a whie, but the physical training is newer and on the rise.
So do that. Read up on it. Watch the videos.Talk to your doctor. Check and see if there's a certifitied therapist in your are. Then let us know how it went for you. I think it's a win/win situation.
for the voice: YouTube BIG Video 2
And now, this important reminder from SPARKPEOPLE…
Is water important? Well let’s see, other than making up 50%-60% of our bodies, regulating body temperature, helping our breathing, transporting nutrients, carrying away waste and helping our muscles function, water is pretty much useless. Oh, and you need water or, after three days without it, you’ll die.
So in other words, water is pretty darn essential. It can even be an extremely important (and often unappreciated) weight loss factor.
Somehow, though, water is one of the most neglected parts of our diet. Some of us possibly go an entire day at times without one glass! Every part of your body is dependent on and comprised of water, and the most important parts need even more. Your brain is made up of 75% water, your blood 82% and your lungs nearly 90%.
Besides being a vital component of your body, water also helps to reduce weight. The more hydrated you are, the quicker your metabolism works. When you are dehydrated – even before you start becoming thirsty – your liver has to help the kidneys function and can’t metabolize fat as quickly. Your metabolism slows down, causing some unwanted fat to remain.
If your body is used to not getting water, it actually stores more in ankles, hips and thighs. In other words, it doesn’t trust you to keep bringing water, so it keeps what it can get, like a thirsty cactus. Once it realizes the water will keep coming, your body will get rid of the stores and you’ll lose weight!
Plus, if you’re suffering from cravings or having trouble controlling hunger, drinking water is a quick, healthy way to feel full. Drink a glass when you normally snack, and have one before your meal and right before going out.
Staying hydrated is not restricted to drinking water; milk, juice and other liquids – even some fruits and vegetables – are good sources of water. But avoid caffeinated beverages (coffee, soda), as they actually cause you to lose fluids and become dehydrated.
The recommended daily amount of water is eight cups a day, but don’t feel bad if you have neglected your water intake. Even if you constantly drink coffee or soda, you can make some simple changes to increase the water in your diet. Here are just a few ways to get more water every day:
- Find the water bottles with pop tops. They’re easier to carry around and use than twist off caps.
- Keep a water bottle in the car.
- Take a water break instead of a smoke break at work.
- Set a rule with your water glass: once it’s empty, it gets filled back up right away.
- Drink orange juice or eat fruit in the morning.
- Get two water bottles, one for work and one for home. Fill up one every day when you leave to go home, and fill up the other before you go to bed each night.
- Order water at restaurants instead of soda. Even if you have something else to drink, have water too.
- Weekends are the toughest, so be aware of your water and fluid intake throughout Saturday and Sunday.
- Keep more than one water bottle in the fridge so you always have a cold one.
- Follow the example of a SparkPeople member: this woman put a water glass on her windowsill with 8 pennies on one side. Each time she filled up her glass and drank it, she moved a penny to the other side, until all the pennies were moved. Great reminder system!