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Researchers debunk myth about Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

BRAIN RESEARCH - Using advanced computer models, neuroscience researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new knowledge about the complex processes that cause Parkinson's disease. The fin[...]

Prevalence of Malnutrition in Patients with Parkinson's: Comparative Study with Healthy Controls using MNA questionnaire    epda.eu.com

Study findings indicate the same nutritional status among mild to moderate PD patients compared with healthy controls. However, more than a quarter of the PD population was found to be at risk of mal[...]

Pooled analysis of phase III with entacapone in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Conclusions: Entacapone improved daily OFF- and ON-times by a mean of 0.8 h compared with placebo across the four pooled efficacy studies and was generally well tolerated. The results of this pooled [...]

Dopamine transporter SLC6A3 genotype affects cortico-striatal activity of set-shifts in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

This is the first study indicating that the SLC6A3/DAT1 genotype has a significant effect on fronto-striatal activation and performance in Parkinson's disease. This effect is stronger for conditions [...]

Parkinson disease and smoking revisited    epda.eu.com

Authors propose that ease of smoking cessation is an aspect of premanifest PD similar to olfactory dysfunction, REM sleep disorders, or constipation and suggests that the apparent neuroprotective eff[...]

Acupuncture on GB34 activates the precentral gyrus and prefrontal cortex in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Acupuncture stimulation on this acupoint activates the prefrontal cortex, precentral gyrus, and putamen in patients with PD; areas that are known to be impaired in patients with PD. Compared with hea[...]

Dance for people with Parkinson's disease: what is the evidence telling us?    epda.eu.com

Conclusions: Dance may be helpful for some people with PD. This paper provides preliminary information to aid clinicians when implementing dance programmes for people with PD. Higher quality multi-ce[...]

Survey reveals knowledge gaps among Parkinson's patients and caregivers    epda.eu.com

A recent survey of more than 1,500 Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, caregivers and physicians reveals that information and specialized care can help patients become more engaged in their own treatm[...]

Differentiating drug-induced parkinsonism from Parkinson's disease: An update on non-motor symptoms and investigations    epda.eu.com

Authors performed a review to ascertain whether assessment of non-motor symptoms, or use of ancillary investigations, namely dopamine transporter imaging, transcranial sonography of the substantia ni[...]

Quality of life in Parkinson's disease patients with motor fluctuations and dyskinesias in five European countries    epda.eu.com

Objective: To assess QoL and its association with on-off fluctuations, peak-dose dyskinesias, biphasic dyskinesias, and off-dystonias in PD patients from five European countries.[...]

Mortality in Parkinson's disease is not associated with the severity of early dopaminergic defect    epda.eu.com

Results: Mortality rate was 56.8%. Although higher age (p 0.48).[...]

The modern pre-levodopa era of Parkinson's disease: insights into motor complications from sub-Saharan Africa    epda.eu.com

Authors conclude that motor fluctuations and dyskinesias are not associated with the duration of levodopa therapy, but rather with longer disease duration and higher levodopa daily dose. Hence, the p[...]

Canadian Study of Neurological Conditions Provides New Vital Information on the Impact of Parkinson's Disease    epda.eu.com

Parkinson Society Canada is excited to share today's release of the report on The National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions by the Public Health Agency of Canada in partnership with[...]

Short rapid steps to provoke freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

The combination of 'full rapid turns' and 'walking with short steps rapidly' yielded the highest sensitivity of provoking FOG (0.71, CI 0.510.86). The most sensitive way to provoke FOG is by asking p[...]

Dopaminergic agents and nutritional status in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Results: In linear regression, total levodopa (l-dopa) equivalent daily dose (LEDD) was associated with worse MNA (B = 0.14, 95% CI = 0.26-0.02; P = 0.019). This association remained significant only[...]

Effects of deep brain stimulation on pain and other nonmotor symptoms in Parkinson disease    epda.eu.com

Conclusions: STN-DBS decreased pain after surgery, but had different effects in different types of PD-related pain. Motor and nonmotor symptom improvements after STN-DBS did not correlate with pain r[...]

Stimulation of the pedunculopontine nucleus area in Parkinson's disease: effects on speech and intelligibility    epda.eu.com

Although limited in this group of patients, speech impairment following pedunculopontine nucleus area stimulation is a possible outcome that should be considered before undertaking such surgery. Dele[...]

2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between generations (EY2012) – Evaluation report    europa.eu

The European Commission has adopted a report today on the implementation, results and overall assessment of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.[...]

Device to help people with Parkinson's disease communicate better now available    epda.eu.com

SpeechVive Inc. announced Wednesday (Sept. 10) the commercial launch of the SpeechVive device intended to help people with a soft voice due to Parkinson's disease speak more loudly and communicate mo[...]

Cortical volume and folding abnormalities in Parkinson's disease patients with pathological gambling    epda.eu.com

This study demonstrates that combined grey matter atrophy and reduced lGI in the OFC differentiates PD patients with PG from those without PG, suggesting that this cortical area may play a critical r[...]

Glucocerebrosidase mutations in primary parkinsonism    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: GBA dysfunction is relevant for synucleinopathies, such as PD and DLB, except for MSA, in which pathology involves oligodendrocytes, and the tauopathies PSP and CBD. The risk of developin[...]

'Pocket doctor' phone app could measure Parkinson's progression    epda.eu.com

Parkinson's disease and other degenerative motor system disorders are notoriously difficult to diagnose accurately. But now, new research has resulted in a new application that enables smartphones to[...]

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Announces Newest Series of Community-Driven Online Seminars    epda.eu.com

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to announce its sixth series of PD ExpertBriefings, free interactive seminars presented by leaders in Parkinson's disease research and care.[...]

Summary of Optimum Continence Service Specification    epda.eu.com

In this summary document authors have included the results of a model constructed to assess the expected clinical, quality of life and economic impact of this service specification on people with inc[...]

Later age at onset in Parkinson's disease over twenty years in an Italian tertiary clinic    epda.eu.com

Conclusions: Over the last two decades, age at onset of PD appeared to shift progressively towards more advanced age. However, sequential, high quality population-based incidence studies are required[...]

Stepping out for people with Parkinson's    epda.eu.com

With only a couple of weeks to go until the second European Unity Walk, we are all limbering up for what promises to be a hugely enjoyable and inspirational event.[...]

Active and healthy ageing: the importance of nutrition to add healthy life years    eufic.org

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service, has published a science and policy report highlighting the importance of diet and nutrition in increasing healthy [...]

KineMed Receives U.S. Patent Allowance for Noscapine to Treat ALS, Parkinson's Disease, and Diabetic Neuropathy    epda.eu.com

KineMed, Inc. today announced that the company has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention entitled: Compositions and Methods of Treatment Using Mod[...]

Move for Change Part III: a European survey evaluating the impact of the EPDA Charter for People with Parkinson's Disease    epda.eu.com

These results highlight that PD disease-management is driven by the clinician; he/she arranges consultations and makes the majority of management decisions, rather than patients being included in the[...]

Visual short-term memory deficits associated with GBA mutation and Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

These findings provide evidence for dissociable signature deficits within the domain of visual short-term memory associated with GBA mutation and with Parkinson's disease. Identification of the speci[...]

New resource for educators: Experimental protocol: Join in the research to find a drug for Alzheimer's    xplorehealth.eu

Home › Experimental protocol: Join in the research to find a drug for Alzheimer's Experimental protocol: Join in the research to find a drug for Alzheimer's Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative diseas[...]

Call for tender - Normal and pathological aging : mechanisms and consequences on population health    University of Lorraine

The goal is to better understand, prevent and treat the increasingly high number of illnesses due to the pathological aging of cells, tissues and organs. In partnership with the University Hospital o[...]

Success Stories - DECIDE: enabling earlier diagnosis of dementia    europa.eu

DECIDE stands for 'Diagnostic Enhancement of Confidence by an International Distributed Environment'. This FP7 project brought together 13 partners from five European countries, with the Italian GARR[...]

Consumer survey of UK kitchens reveals poor food safety perceptions and behaviour in older people    eufic.org

Research conducted by the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), investigated what happens in household kitchens to assess food safety risks in domes[...]

Health literacy of Functional Decline and Frailty related to Ageing – Pilot questionnaire for Older Adult Patients (60+)    cpme.eu

The survey for patients aims to assess the awareness, opinion and attitude of the population aged over 60 regarding healthy and active ageing. The surveys build on the conceptual framework of the Eur[...]

Health Literacy of Functional Decline and Frailty – Pilot Questionnaire for Doctors    cpme.eu

The survey for doctors aims to assess the awareness of doctors on functional performance (/capacity) decline and frailty related to ageing and their possibilities to prevent/ delay the onset of these[...]

Norway should improve incentives to encourage people to work longer, says OECD    oecd.org

Norway is better placed to cope with population ageing than most other countries. But it could still do more to improve incentives and opportunities for people to stay working longer which would help[...]

Commission welcomes final adoption of Directive on supplementary pension rights    europa.eu

The European Commission welcomes the final adoption by the European Parliament of the Directive improving the protection of supplementary pension rights for mobile workers.[...]

Pensions: Commission welcomes final adoption of Directive on supplementary pension rights    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 April 2014 The European Commission welcomes the final adoption by the European Parliament of the Directive improving the protection of supplementary pen[...]

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