Los pacientes de Parkinson también padecen conductas compulsivas

¡Qué sorpresa tan lamentable fue para muchos la muerte del actor y comediante Robin Williams la semana pasada! Yo creo que nadie se lo esperaba. Aunque eran conocidas varias de sus condiciones de salud, como su operación de corazón abierto y su adicción a las drogas y el alcohol por las que había buscado ayuda en centros de rehabilitación, lo profundo de la depresión que lo llevó a quitarse la vida era un aspecto de sus dolencias mucho menos evidente. …

Robin Williams Made a Movie About a Parkinson’s Drug

As details of Robin Williams’ death continue to emerge, we learn more about the actor’s life. His wife, Susan Schneider, has revealed that he was struggling with a recent diagnosis of early Parkinson’s disease. “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she said in a public statement. Nearly 25 years ago, Williams …

Judge Expresses Concerns Over Casey Kasem’s Safety

By the Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on May 12 ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife said the former “Top 40″ host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge. Update: Casey Kasem Found in Washington State Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where Kasem is being treated and report back to …

Sleep Disorder Linked to Brain Disease

Thrashing about while you’re asleep may be a sign of something more troubling than mere restlessness: It could be a predictor of brain disease. A new study suggests that 80 to 90 percent of people who suffer from rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder will eventually develop Parkinson’s or another brain disease. What’s REM sleep behavior disorder? It’s a condition that causes people to act out vivid, intense, even violent dreams. People who have it often yell, punch and kick …

Becoming a Better Caregiver With Help From Actors

Training medical students to do a better job by using actors to play patients is not new. But at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, actors are faking dementia and Parkinson’s disease to help family caregivers be more effective — and that’s downright novel. Last month, 16 caregiver spouses gathered at the hospital’s simulation center to boost their communication skills with a loved one. These husbands and wives were dealing with challenging behaviors and wanted help solving real-life issues. In the process, …

Charles Grodin Is Back as Michael J. Fox’s Dad

If it seems like it’s been a while since you’ve seen actor Charles Grodin, that’s because it probably has. Aside from a guest appearance last year on Law and Order: SVU, the 78-year-old Grodin — one of Hollywood’s busiest actors during the 1970s and ’80s — has mostly taken the past 20 years off from film and TV acting. But that’s about to change, starting this week with a guest appearance on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show. In the …