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Parkinson's

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Internet Address: http://www.pharminfo.com/disease/mental/park.html

Parkinson's disease: hope through research

This web site is based mostly on research studies on PD patients. It describes PD, symptoms of PD, diagnosis of PD, questions about the disease, and medicines used to aid the patients. The latest drugs used on Parkinson's disease patients have been levodopa, bromocriptine and pergolide, and selegiline. This site is a helpful resource for music therapists to use for ideas about reducing the patient’s dependency on drugs and medicines. If music therapists increase the patient’s self-esteem and motor responses, fewer drugs would have to be taken, therefore increasing a feeling of independence and control over the disease.


Psychiatric

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Internet Address: http://www.cnsonline.org/www/archive/parkins/park-07.txt

Postural Instability and Gait Disorders

This article mainly talks about gait disorders and PD patients. It states that as PD progresses, abnormalities reduce the patients' abilities to be independent, including reliance on assisting devices. The use of a cane, walker, or wheelchair gives the patient a message that the disease is progressing. Resistance to the use of assisting devices is usually an attempt to retain self-esteem as the patient is dealing with disintegrating health. Michael Thaut’s study on gait disorders, (refer to number 6 above), would be an excellent way to improve the patient’s gait and give a greater feeling of independence.

Internet Address: http://www.pharminfo.com/disease/mental/park.html

Parkinson's disease: hope through research

This web site is based mostly on research studies on PD patients. It describes PD, symptoms of PD, diagnosis of PD, questions about the disease, and medicines used to aid the patients. The latest drugs used on Parkinson's disease patients have been levodopa, bromocriptine and pergolide, and selegiline. This site is a helpful resource for music therapists to use for ideas about reducing the patient’s dependency on drugs and medicines. If music therapists increase the patient’s self-esteem and motor responses, fewer drugs would have to be taken, therefore increasing a feeling of independence and control over the disease.


Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation

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Internet Address: http://www.cnsonline.org/www/archive/parkins/park-07.txt

Postural Instability and Gait Disorders

This article mainly talks about gait disorders and PD patients. It states that as PD progresses, abnormalities reduce the patients' abilities to be independent, including reliance on assisting devices. The use of a cane, walker, or wheelchair gives the patient a message that the disease is progressing. Resistance to the use of assisting devices is usually an attempt to retain self-esteem as the patient is dealing with disintegrating health. Michael Thaut’s study on gait disorders, (refer to number 6 above), would be an excellent way to improve the patient’s gait and give a greater feeling of independence.

Internet Address: http://web.indstate.edu/thcme/anderson/jpn.html

Parkinson's disease: history, histopathology, and therapy

This site examines Parkinson's as a disease. It describes the gait of PD patients as being "a broad based gait, taking short shuffling steps forward in an effort to maintain balance". Some patients show movements that seem to be initiated by leaning forward, followed by an increased rate of stepping. Michael Thaut’s study, (refer to number 6 above), would help the patients regain better motor control. The patients would then improve their gait and their posture.