Author Archives: kaitlynroland

Wearable health data monitoring – is it really useable? Implications for physicians and Parkinson’s research.

With the availability of devices that can track health information – you know, those wristbands and phone apps that measure how much exercise you’re getting or how many calories you’re eating – it’s no surprise that patients are bringing this information to their primary care physicians. Wearable-digital-health-information industry is a fast growing market – worth between $3 billion and $5 billion (Credit… Read more »

8 weeks to a better brain? Meditation changes your brain’s gray matter.

Our brain’s gray matter can change in shape and size (for the better!) after just eight weeks of practicing meditation. 16 participants took part in an eight-week meditation practice at The University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness (est.1979!) (more info HERE). The participants meditated “on nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings, and state of mind” and also incorporated mindful yoga and movement. They practiced daily… Read more »

Being a woman with Parkinson’s disease – does it make a difference? A call for research and advocacy.

Absolutely. – We have different bodies, different hearts, different experiences and have different care needs. We know that Parkinson’s disease is very individual from person-to-person, but both sex (biology) and gender (social/cultural constructs) may contribute to these differences. There is a need to understand the particular impact of this disease on women, in general – we need to better understand and address… Read more »

Predicting cognitive changes in Parkinson’s #parkinsons #PDdementia #cognition

So, it’s not new information that you can develop some cognitive changes with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Not everyone with PD experiences some changes to memory, language, executive function, mood, personality or behaviour; however, people with PD are 6x more likely to develop one of these issues (to differing levels of severity) compared with persons of the same age without-PD. If… Read more »

“Virtuous Ageing”: another way to be who you are

Did you know I teach an online course for the School of Public Health and Social Policy at UVic on ‘Healthy Ageing’? The ageing of the world’s population – in developing and developed countries – is an indicator of improving global health. Older people make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce…. Read more »

Postdoc 101

kaitlynroland   February 5, 2015   No Comments on Postdoc 101

I get a lot of people very cautiously approaching the question: what is a postdoc? what do you actually do? TRANSLATION: *do you have a real job? If so, what is it? I was a fairly successful graduate student. I had an amazing support team (PhD co-supervisors, committee members, colleagues and good friends) and some tri-council research funding; I completed… Read more »

Yoga is as good for your heart as aerobic exercise : a new study

A new study found that yoga can be just as beneficial to your heart as other aerobic activity. The study, by Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, found that practicing yoga “lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic… Read more »

Drug developments in Parkinson’s disease

Have you heard the latest drug developments in Parkinson’s disease? I thought I’d take a minute to break it all down for you…   RYTARY™ Impax Laboratories Inc.‘s drug called “RYTARY™” was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration early January (and available in 4 weeks). RYTARY™ is an extended release carbidopa-levodopa available in 4 strengths. Patients taking RYTARY™ in… Read more »

16 things I would want, if I got Dementia by Rachael Wonderlin

[ the full article can be seen at Rachael Wonderlin’s blog www.dementia-by-day.com and LinkedIn ] Rachael Wonderlin, of the blog dementia-by-day, discusses her fears around living with dementia and shares a beautifully written list of rules to hang on your wall and live by. It seemed too well-written to not share!  much love. If I get dementia, I want my friends and… Read more »