How Your Dreams Relate to Parkinson’s Disease

April 26, 2011

What do your dreams have to do with your likelihood of developing Parkinson’s Disease?

A new study from Denmark’s Center for Healthy Aging and the Danish Center for Sleep Medicine, among other places, suggests that people likely to develop Parkinson’s might first show signs in their sleep pattern.Researchers found that one of the earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s may be a REM sleep disorder known as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.

With REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, individuals tend to act out their dreams. The dreams are usually unpleasant, and the person will kick, scream, punch, or grab.

The active dreaming can appear up to eight years before other symptoms of Parkinson’s. If researchers are able to find enough evidence to support this link,  they can help patients identify the disease before it becomes too severe.


Why Participate in a Research Study?

February 3, 2011

Possibly gain access to otherwise unavailable drug or therapy options.

According to a 2008 survey by Women’s Health Research, more than 70% of Americans who have participated in a research study say they would do it again. If you are considering  participating in a research study, read on for some commonly asked questions.

 

Why Participate?

  • Help discover the causes of disease and participate in the development ofpotential new treatments.
  • Medical services and/or study drug trial medications will be provided at no charge .
  • Assist researchers to develop improvements in the quality and cost of medical care.
  • Compensation for your time and travel may be available if you qualify and participate.

How Will I Be Protected?

To make an informed decision about participating, you receive detailed information about the study and your participation requirements.

  • You can opt out at any time.
  • All medical information will be handled confidentiality.
  • Our experienced staff is always available to answer questions.
  • All studies are supervised by a medical doctor.

How Long Does it Take?

The length of a research study is dependent on many factors. Studies can last anywhere from a few weeks to over a year. However, much of the research data can be gained without direct patient interaction, limiting your in-office visits.

How Do I Qualify?

Participants are carefully selected for each research study based upon the specific requirements provided by the pharmaceutical company or research organization funding the study.

Criteria may be related to:

  • age.
  • gender.
  • medical history.
  • other clinically relevant factors.

For more information on our studies,call today at 404-851-9934 or visit www.neurotrials.com

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Calling all insomniacs: healthy sleep tips.

October 14, 2010

SleepNot sleeping well? Did you know the quality  of your sleep can also affect your brain performance, mood, health, and weight? Test out some of our tips:

1.  DON’T exercise during the 5-6 hours before bedtime.

2. DON’T consume caffeine and nicotine. Both have stimulating effects that can take up to 8 hours to wear off.

3. DON’T consume alcoholic drinks before bed. Alcohol keeps you in the lighter, less restful stages of sleep.

4. DON’T consume large meal late at night.

5. DON’T take medicine that delays or disrupts your sleep. Some common heart, blood pressure, and asthma medication can disrupt sleep.

6. DO relax before bed. Unwind with a book or by listening to some music.

7. DO stick to a sleep schedule. It might seem tempting to sleep in on weekends, but your body craves consistency. Go to bed and wake up at the same time 7 days per week.

8. DO take a hot bath before bed. This can make you feel more sleepy and relaxed.

9. DO create a good sleeping environment. Get rid of distractions such as noise, bright lights, and electronic devices.

10.  DO have the right sunlight exposure. Being outside in natural light can help regulate your internal sleep patterns.

Tried our tips but the problem persists? Here at NeuroTrials, we conduct clinical research studies on a variety of sleep disorders. Check out our current studies page to see if you qualify.