Trizah Wanja

Trizah Wanja
University of Nairobi | UON · Neurology

Masters Degree in Neuroscience

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Introduction
I am currently working on bettering the lives of patients with Parkinson's Disease
Skills and Expertise
Additional affiliations
October 2018 - January 2021
Hosiped Company
Position
  • Founder
Description
  • I work at Hosiped company where I review products for Parkinsons patients as well as products for bariatric people

Publications

Publications (3)
Technical Report
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I am exploring ways to reduce gait freezing during walking in Parkinson's patients
Conference Paper
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a form of surgery where an electrode is inserted in the brain of a patient with Parkinson's Disease. The DBS has been said to help with controlling Parkinson's symptoms. We examine that with a number of patients who went through it.
Article
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The tremor is a cardinal and the most notable symptom for Parkinson's Disease. It makes it difficult for patients suffering from the disease to partake in meals comfortably. They are also self conscious as they dine with other people since they will be spilling food all over, dropping things and missing their mouths. Weighted and smart spoons have...

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Question
Autistic people have sensory processing disorders.
One is auditory. They are not able to muffle unnecessary noise.
I saw the same with my high functioning autistic son at one time when taking him to the barber shop. So we have been home and I take him out to the shops.
There is some noise from the welding, some motorbikes riding, wind blowing and all that. The first thing that he does is block his ears with his hands and I ignore it. Then he literally melts down.
He refuses to budge.
He is not going anywhere anymore.
Trying to console him is not any good.
It then dawns on me that he is is really fidgety and no amount of coaxing is going to get him going to the barber shop that I was taking him to.
I have to live with it.
At that moment, my heart breaks down.
I feel like weeping.
Literally.
Someone then recommends that I get him some noise cancelling headphones.
So what happens is that these autistic headphones (They are here: https://themonterabbi.com/noise-cancelling-headphones-autism/) have some special padding that goes over the ears muffling noise from the boy.
But those things can be bulky.
Especially if you for cheap.
The boy will struggle carrying them around.
Best solution would be to get either earplugs or rather active noise cancellation headphones.
Other than cancelling a good amount of decibels of noise, they are hip and cool.
The boy now looks like some music afficionados yet me and him know very well that he is just avoiding the exterior noise that hits his eardrums so hard.
Question
I have come across some blog article saying that trampolining can help with proprioceptive input for autistic children who are ever jumping up and down or climbing. The blog post is here: https://themonterabbi.com/benefits-of-trampoline-for-adhd-and-autistic-kids/
I do not know whether someone has done any research on the same to verify the claims.
Question
I have written an article on helping PD patients walk using walkers despite the gait freezing here: https://hosiped.com/best-walkers-for-parkinsons-patients/
What other strategies could you have on reducing the freezing
Question
When Google came up with the Liftware spoon, another Chinese Company came up with the <a href="https://hosiped.com/parkinsons-spoon/liftware-vs-gyenno/">Gyenno Spoon</a>. It was argued that the liftware would counteract your tremors by 70% while the gyenno would reduce them by 85%.
Their prices though were exorbitant and they still are. Before that patients with PD relied on weighted spoons for their tremors. Is there any researcher out there who has examined the efficacy of the so called smart spoons and whether the arguments that they reduce tremors by the above percentages is true?
Or could it be that PD patients are just being scammed off their money.