Lockdown loneliness may worsen Parkinson’s disease symptoms


Social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic may worsen Parkinson’s symptoms, researchers report.

They gathered five years of information on the social and emotional well-being, diet and physical activity of 1,500 Parkinson’s disease patients. They were most recently surveyed in December 2019.

Those who reported feeling the loneliest got less exercise, were less likely to have a healthy diet, and had a lower quality of life, according to the study published recently in the journal NPJ Parkinson’s Disease.

“That surprised us,” said study author Dr. Indu Subramanian, a neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Southwest Veteran Affairs Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers.

“One of the most detrimental things is actually being lonely,” she said in a university news release.

The negative effect of loneliness on Parkinson’s disease symptom severity was as large as the positive effect from exercise, according to Subramanian.

She noted

Read More

AHA News: Eating Foods That Promote Inflammation May Worsen Heart Failure | Health News


By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay)

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — People with heart failure who eat a diet high in foods that cause inflammation are twice as likely to end up in the hospital or die as those who eat foods known to reduce inflammation, new research shows.

“If people with heart failure can reduce the amount of pro-inflammatory foods that they eat, it might help with their survival,” said lead researcher JungHee Kang, a nursing research assistant and PhD student at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Diet has been shown to play a role in regulating inflammation, which is associated with many chronic illnesses, including heart disease. Diets high in foods such as red meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products have been shown to increase inflammation, while foods such as olive oil, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables have been

Read More