Theracycle: Part of Boston’s Leadership in Life Sciences

Theracycles "Made in Massachusetts" Help Drive Life Sciences Innovation

An 11/29/11 article in Mass High Tech titled “Report: Boston area is top U.S. life sciences hub” cites research from real estate services firm JonesLaSalle that
rates the metropolitan Boston area as the #1 region for established and emerging life sciences businesses (in comparison to other parts of the United States).

An excerpt from the JonesLaSalle 2011 Global Life Sciences Cluster Report reads “The [Boston] area enjoys seven times the number of workers in biotech R&D than the national average.” The area has more than 85,000 high-tech research employees and more than 340,000 hospital and medical employees.

The Mass High Tech article notes the Report “also highlights Massachusetts as the recipient home of 13 percent of all National Institutes of Health funding, with five of the top eight NIH-funded hospitals in the U.S. and the top five NIH-funded universities.”

As an NIH-funded Massachusetts small business, The Exercycle Company is proud to be part and parcel of the Boston-area’s preeminence as the top region for life sciences in the country.  While our operations might be considered small in comparison to some of the med-tech giants that operate in the Bay State — growing demand for our Theracycle (which powers proven exercise therapy for Parkinson’s disease), shows that we’re movin’ up!

Is Exercise the New Drug for Parkinson’s Disease?

 In our earlier post, “Delay the Disease – Exercise to Fight Parkinson’s Symptoms” you met David Zid and Jackie Russell, the founders of Delay the Disease—an exercise program developed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Here in her first guest post for the Theracycle Blog, Jackie Russell provides her expert opinion on the topic “Is Exercise the New Drug for Parkinson’s Disease?”

 

 

 

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Delay the Disease – Exercise to Fight Parkinson’s Symptoms

Delay the Disease is a fitness plan and community-based exercise program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to optimize their physical function.  Originating in Columbus, Ohio in 2007, Delay The Disease is quickly becoming a national phenomenon in the Parkinson’s prevention field, and is starting to become internationally acknowledged.

Delay the Disease founders (David Zid BA, ACE, APG and Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR) have expertise in working with individuals diagnosed with PD and offer training to other health care professionals nationally.  This program is based on current evidenced-based research, and Zid’s extensive experience with one/on/one training of people with PD.  Their goal is to demonstrate how exercise can change symptoms, foster optimism and allow individuals to maintain independence.  They believe that fighting this disease with hope is the key.

David and Jackie have spoken to over 20,000 People with Parkinson’s (PWP) and their families— at symposia, continuing education courses, and PWP workshops.

As PD affects the entire family, their programs focus on helping the individual, caring for the caregiver, and educating other healthcare professionals about the importance of Parkinson’s–specific exercise and therapy. They are passionate and enthusiastic that PD does not need to define a person; it can be managed with the appropriate “tools in the tool box of treatment”. And, as Jackie comments regularly “exercise is a very important tool.”

Delay the Disease is available in a book, and 2 DVDs. Learn more about Delay the Disease at www.delaythedisease.com.  Books and DVDs can be ordered from the website, or through Amazon.

Lianna Marie – Super Parkinson’s Family Caregiver

Lianna Marie & Her Mom (Val)

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, Theracycle would like to single out someone who stands out as an extraordinary caregiver:

Lianna Marie of Bellingham, WA, whose mother Val was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 1991. Since then, beyond providing extraordinary care for her mother, Lianna has become an extraordinary force of nature, driven to help families through their Parkinson’s journeys.

Among Lianna’s contributions:

  • Author and publisher of a valuable eBook:
    “Everything You Really Need to Know About Parkinson’s Disease”
    For $27 this book and the related bonus content that comes with a purchase, Lianna answers a huge number of common questions about life with PD, as well as tips, advice, stories, and words of encouragement and inspiration
  • Host and Moderator of the Parkinsons Disease Forum
    A vibrant online community, where people with Parkinson’s and those who care about them can connect online get help, advice, friendship and support.
  • Blogger and Editor of the AllAboutParkinsons.com Blog
    Beyond providing a platform for the Parkinsons Disease Forum, Lianna’s AllAboutParkinson.com blog serves up a steady stream of news and information, resource links and articles about PD.  This is definitely one to add to your blog list, and we’ll be adding it soon to the Theracycle bloglist of best Parkinson’s blogs!

Theracycle honors Lianna’s labors of love and her extraordinary example of a model caregiver. In recognition of Lianna’s past and ongoing efforts and in celebration National Family Caregivers Month, here’s her article 7 Helpful Tips To Help You Care For The Person You Know Or Love.”

Keep it up Lianna!

November is “National Family Caregivers Month”

In case you didn’t know it— November is “National Family Caregivers Month”.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than than 65 million people (29% of the U.S. population), provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.

For 15 years, the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), has recognized and celebrated family caregivers. Identifying Family Caregivers! is the theme for National Family Caregivers Month 2011.

Theracycle is an ardent supporter of “National Family Caregivers Month,” and we hope you’ll join us in supporting the mission of the NFCA to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who give so much of themselves to provide for the health and well-being of a beloved family member.

To join or donate to the NFCA visit: http://www.nfcacares.org/join_nfca/

Forced Exercise Improves Motor Function in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

A significant number of visitors to the Theracycle Blog have told us they want to learn more about “Forced Exercise” and how research on has shown that “Forced Exercise” (FE) can improve motor function in Parkinson’s disease patients.

An overview of the initial FE research is found in the Abstract of the 2009 article written by J.L, Alberts, A.L. Ridgel & J.L. Vitek researchers at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Cleveland Clinic for their article  published in the July-August 2009 issue of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, the Journal of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation.   Read the Abstract of the article and see the online link to that article here…


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“Parkinson’s isn’t my life. I have Parkinson’s. Why does it have to have to be my life?”

Here’s another post from our friend and Guest Blogger Marc Sherman, who regularly chronicles what he calls his “journey and struggle through the life changes attributed to the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.” in his “But This is the Hand That I Shoot With” blog.

“Parkinson’s isn’t my life. I have Parkinson’s. Why does it have to have to be my life?

By Marc Sherman

The quote comes from the movie, “Love and Other Drugs.”  The movie was both fluff and at times true to life.  The quote “Parkinson’s isn’t my life. I have Parkinson’s. Why does it have to be my life?”  stuck with me, and made me wonder, is it my life?  If so, is it possible for it not to be my life?

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Help support “Ride With Larry” (A film of one man’s Parkinson’s journey)

A team of filmmakers, who all have loved ones with Parkinson’s, are creating the first film for the Parkinson’s community, by the Parkinson’s community that will help spark an international movement for research, awareness, and inspiration.

The film, Ride with Larry, follows Larry Smith, a retired police captain, now beloved small town baker, as he rides his bike across South Dakota, pushing his limits and expanding the boundary of possibilities for those with Parkinson’s disease. Weaved amongst the progress of Larry’s ride is an intimate portrait of the every day battle against Parkinson’s, the great minds working to find a cure, and the community love of Vermillion, SD that makes joined together to give Larry Smith one great ride.


The Exercycle Company (makers of the Theracycle) is a proud sponsor of Ride with Larry (including having furnished this Theracycle for Larry to work out on). We hope that readers of the Theracycle blog and others will join us in supporting this important film by contributing to the next state in its creation…

Read this message from Team Larry on how YOU can help!

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Groucho Marx: Parkinson’s Specialist

 

Marc Sherman is a 54 year old attorney who lives in Forrest Hills, NY. He describes himself as I “someone who loved childhood, and in a sense, never really left it.”

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 (an event that Marc says “should have caused me to leave childhood and become an adult,” Marc Sherman puts his legal expertise to work for The People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council of the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Marc is also the host of the Living with PD blog where he discusses his experiences living with Parkinson’s, often through witty parodies…

Forget the Mayo Brothers… Marc turned instead to The Marx Brothers for their diagostic and clinical expertise in treating his Parkinson’s disease, as you’ll read in his latest post:

A Night At The Doctors

 

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Exercise: Particularly beneficial to Parkinson’s patients

In a recent NetDoctor article titled Exercise can be particularly beneficial to Parkinson’s patients” Dr. Michelle Gardner, research development manager at Parkinson’s UK, claimed that, although exercise is beneficial for everyone, it can offer extra advantages for those suffering from Parkinson’s.

Referencing research conducted by the UCSF School of Nursing and Red Hill Studios,  Dr. Gardner said “Many people with Parkinson’s struggle with gait and balance, and playing specially adapted computer games like those mentioned in the study holds real promise for assisting people with Parkinson’s to improve their coordination, regain confidence and become more physically active in day to day life.”

In recently winning its coveted NIH Grant for a Theracycle-driven regimen for Parkinson’s patients, the Theracycle team is building on the success of earlier research.

In 2010, the Red Hill Studios/UCSF Partnership received an NIH grant for $1.1 Million for computer-based physical therapy games for patients with PD. and cerebral palsy.

Fun and Games. Exercise and Health.