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Agenda - 7th meeting of the eHealth Network (Riga, 12 May 2015)    europa.eu

European Commission - Agenda [...]

Concomitant development of hypersexuality and delusional jealousy in patients with Parkinson's disease: A case series    epda.eu.com

Discussion: Hypersexuality and delusional jealousy may occur independently in PD patients on dopamine agonist therapy, but may develop together probably reflecting a common alteration of sexuality (s[...]

Hippocampal volume and white matter disease in the prediction of dementia in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Conclusions: Hippocampal volume is a major factor predicting the development of mild cognitive impairment and dementia in PD. White matter hyperintensity also contributes to the longitudinal cognitiv[...]

Health-EU Newsletter - "Mental health - Let's put plans into action"    europa.eu

The need to include mental health among the first priorities of the public health agenda has been increasingly recognized in Europe over the past decades and has long been a priority of the European[...]

Anxiety in Parkinson's disease: symptom dimensions and overlap with depression and autonomic failure    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: Anxiety in PD comprises affective and somatic symptom dimensions. The affective subscale of the BAI is not influenced by motor or autonomic symptoms, and may therefore prove useful for fu[...]

Resting activity in visual and corticostriatal pathways in Parkinson's disease with hallucinations    epda.eu.com

This study reveals widespread hemodynamic alterations in PD. However, within a functionally abnormal occipital lobe, those with PDVH have even lower ALFF than non-hallucinators, but have higher occip[...]

Factor analysis of The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: This analysis demonstrates that the factorial validity of the HAMD in PD is unsatisfactory. This implies that the scale is not appropriate for studying specific symptom domains of depress[...]

The Netherlands should do more to help workers with mental ill-health, says OECD    oecd.org

The Netherlands should increase support for workers suffering from mental health issues and their employers and tackle the continued social stigma and limited knowledge around such illnesses, accordi[...]

[EPHA Report] The effects of the crisis on mental health of children and young people    epha.org

This new report from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) highlights existing evidence on the detrimental effect of the ongoing economic crisis and austerity-driven measures on the mental healt[...]

Visual hallucinations in Parkinson's disease: Theoretical models    epda.eu.com

This review considers the leading hypothetical frameworks for visual hallucinations in Parkinson's disease, summarizing the key aspects of each in an attempt to highlight the aspects of the condition[...]

Which features of Parkinson's Disease Predict Earlier Exit from the Workforce?    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: Demographics, disease duration, and mental health contribute to LWF, but not motor severity. Age, gender and income contributions are difficult to modify but important to recognize. Worse[...]

Imaging prodromal Parkinson disease: The Parkinson Associated Risk Syndrome Study    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: Subjects with DAT deficit who do not meet criteria for a diagnosis of PD can be identified by olfactory testing. Sequential biomarker assessment may identify those at risk of PD.[...]

Conversion between Mini-Mental State Examination, Montreal Cognitive Assessment & Dementia Rating Scale-2 scores in Parkinson's    epda.eu.com

The primary aim of this study was to apply a simple and reliable algorithm for the conversion of MoCA to MMSE scores in PD patients. A secondary aim was to apply this algorithm for the conversion of [...]

Changes in 'Parkinson's walk' predict dementia    epda.eu.com

Political affairs and policy Medical and pharmaceutical Resources and publications Changes in 'Parkinson's walk' predict dementia "Subtle changes in the walking pattern of Parkinson's patients could[...]

Tripartite Social Summit: EU leaders and social partners stress need to stimulate investment to create more and better jobs    europa.eu

EU leaders and social partners have agreed this morning on the urgent need to stimulate investment and create more jobs in order to meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU's long-term[...]

New study calls upon EU to address link between mental and physical health in its Health Programme    epha.org

A new study commissioned by Mental Health Europe assesses whether the EU's second Health Programme (2008-2013) addresses the interrelation of mental and physical health. The conclusion is that the pr[...]

Tripartite Social Summit: EU leaders and social partners stress need to stimulate investment to create more and better jobs    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 October 2014 EU leaders and social partners have agreed this morning on the urgent need to stimulate investment and create more jobs in order to meet th[...]

Predictors of dementia in Parkinson disease    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: Cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction, REM sleep behavior disorder, color discrimination ability, and gait dysfunction strongly predict development of dementia in Parkinson disease.[...]

Abnormal MoCA and Normal Range MMSE scores in Parkinson disease without dementia: Cognitive and Neurochemical Correlates    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: PD subjects with normal range MMSE but abnormal MoCA scores had evidence of caudate nucleus dopaminergic denervation and mild cognitive changes, predominantly in executive function. The M[...]

Women more likely to develop anxiety and depression after heart attack    escardio.org

According to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Professor Pranas Serpytis from Lithuania: [...]

Imaging prodromal Parkinson disease: The Parkinson Associated Risk Syndrome Study    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: Subjects with DAT deficit who do not meet criteria for a diagnosis of PD can be identified by olfactory testing. Sequential biomarker assessment may identify those at risk of PD.[...]

Mental Health Systems in OECD Countries    oecd.org

Mental disorders represent a considerable disease burden, and have a significant impact on the lives of the OECD population, and account for considerable direct and indirect costs. This report argues[...]

Living a healthy life with schizophrenia    who.int

Mental disorders affect more than a third of the population in the European Region every year, and around 1-2% of these people are diagnosed with psychotic disorders. World Mental Health Day is obser[...]

Physical training prevents depressive symptoms and a decrease in brain-derived neurotrophic factor in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Study results demonstrate that exercise training was effective for neuroprotection in the striatum and the hippocampus in an experimental model of PD.[...]

Predictors of dementia in Parkinson's disease; findings from a 5-year prospective study using the SCOPA-COG    epda.eu.com

These findings largely corresponded with the variables that were associated with the presence of dementia at baseline. In a stepwise regression model, higher age at baseline, fewer years of education[...]

Motor impairment, depression, dementia: Which forms the impression of disease severity in Parkinson's disease?    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: The additional burden of dementia and depression was underestimated in the CGIS rating, suggesting that they are possibly relativized against the motor impairment.[...]

EMA confirms positive benefit-risk for antidepressant Valdoxan/Thymanax (agomelatine)    europa.eu

Measures introduced to improve monitoring of liver function during treatment[...]

Cardiac stress test is normal in pre-motor Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Authors retrospectively reviewed treadmill ergometric tests of a large cohort (n = 16,841) between 2000 and 2012, that attended the Executive Screening Survey (ESS) at Sheba Medical Center. Heart rat[...]

Subjective memory complaints, depressive symptoms and cognition in Parkinson's disease patients    epda.eu.com

Background and purpose: The goal of this study was to establish the prevalence of subjective memory complaints (SMCs) and depressive symptoms (DS)s and their relation to cognitive functioning in pati[...]

Concomitant development of hypersexuality and delusional jealousy in patients with Parkinson's disease: A case series    epda.eu.com

Discussion: Hypersexuality and delusional jealousy may occur independently in PD patients on dopamine agonist therapy, but may develop together probably reflecting a common alteration of sexuality (s[...]

Success Stories - Reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia - World Alzheimer Day 21-09-2014    europa.eu

Dementia is a group of degenerative diseases typically affecting the cognitive abilities of the elderly population. According to the World Health Organization, the estimated proportion of the general[...]

Dementia & severity of parkinsonism determines handicap of patients in late-stage Parkinson's: the BarcelonaLisbon cohort    epda.eu.com

Methods: Handicap, medical conditions, use of healthcare resources and the impact of LS-PD upon caregivers were characterized in a cross-sectional study of LS-PD stages 4 or 5 of Hoehn and Yahr (H&am[...]

Hippocampal volume and white matter disease in the prediction of dementia in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Conclusions: Hippocampal volume is a major factor predicting the development of mild cognitive impairment and dementia in PD. White matter hyperintensity also contributes to the longitudinal cognitiv[...]

Research Headlines - Improving drug treatment for schizophrenia    europa.eu

Schizophrenia is a disabling mental illness that affects millions of Europeans. Drugs to manage the disease have mixed success - about 30 percent of patients do not respond to medication at all.[...]

The Parkinson Anxiety Scale (PAS): Development and validation of a new anxiety scale    epda.eu.com

This study was undertaken to develop and validate a new anxiety rating scale, the Parkinson Anxiety Scale (PAS), that would overcome the limitations of existing scales. The general structure of the P[...]

Visual hallucinations in Parkinson's disease: Theoretical models    epda.eu.com

This review considers the leading hypothetical frameworks for visual hallucinations in Parkinson's disease, summarizing the key aspects of each in an attempt to highlight the aspects of the condition[...]

Which features of Parkinson's Disease Predict Earlier Exit from the Workforce?    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: Demographics, disease duration, and mental health contribute to LWF, but not motor severity. Age, gender and income contributions are difficult to modify but important to recognize. Worse[...]

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