A simple and efficient method that facilitates Parkinson’s disease treatment has been developed by researchers of the Institute of Human Brain, Russian Academy of Sciences. Influence of feeble electric current on the brain via electrodes laid on the head skin – the so-called transcranial electric polarization (TCEP) - reduces muscle tone and partially restores patients’ movements. In combination with antiparkinsonian drug intake, TCEP reduces their side effect.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Its main symptoms are - voluntary movements disorder, increased muscle tone (rigidity) and trembling (tremor). The disease was for the first time described by an English physician James Parkinson in 1817 in his “Essay on Shaking Palsy”. The origin of the disease has not been fully investigated yet.
Today, Parkinson’s disease is no longer the destiny of elderly people, young people become increasingly its victims. This was declared by Igor Zavolokov, head of neurology department, clinics of the Institute of Human Brain, Russian Academy of Sciences. According to him, such conclusion was made by the St. Petersburg neurologists based on their experience of patient management. “Parkinson’s disease is rather widespread, said the physician, about 1 percent of people older than 60 and about 5 percent of people older than 80 suffer from it, however, recently the disease is more and more often registered with the 30-year old patients. Not long ago, a 19-year old girl was diagnosed with this disease.” According to the researchers’ opinion, this situation is due to increasing negative impact of the environment and genetic anomalies accumulation.
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