Can we predict clinical course of Parkinson’s disease on the basis of cardiac scintigraphy?

Sharing a momentOngoing degenerative changes of pigmented neurons in brain are the essence of Parkinson’s disease. Consequently, it leads to deficiency of dopamine which is a neurotransmitter in substantia nigra and striatum. Gradually, disease process involves other brain structures and Lewy bodies can be observed in changed tissues.

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Could ECMO help to get back to life?

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an extracorporeal technique of providing both, cardiac and respiratory support of oxygen to patients whose heart and lungs are so severely diseased or damaged that they can no longer serve their function. This is a standard treatment in many diseases, like acute respiratory distress syndrome, cardiogenic shock, pulmonary embolism, myocarditis, and also it is used in cardiac surgery (inter alia before heart transplantation). For some time scientists have been postulating ECMO to be commonly used in patients after cardiac arrest [2, 3, 5, 6]. Read full text »