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Journal of Parkinson's Disease

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922171/pancreatic-polypeptide-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-potential-marker-of-parasympathetic-denervation
#1
Karoline Knudsen, Bolette Hartmann, Tatyana D Fedorova, Karen Østergaard, Klaus Krogh, Niels Møller, Jens J Holst, Per Borghammer
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Parkinson's disease (PD) patients experience several non-motor symptoms from the gastrointestinal tract that may partly be caused by parasympathetic deficiency. The pancreas is densely innervated by the vagus nerve, which mediates early meal-induced secretion of pancreatic polypeptide (PP). Early secretion after sham feeding has been validated as a marker of vagal integrity. Thus, the aim was to evaluate the ratio of increased PP plasma levels after sham feeding in PD and correlate findings with gastrointestinal transit time (GITT)...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922170/a-critical-assessment-of-exosomes-in-the-pathogenesis-and-stratification-of-parkinson-s-disease
#2
George K Tofaris
Extracellular vesicles including exosomes are released by a variety of cell types including neurons and exhibit molecular profiles that reflect normal and disease states. As their content represents a snapshot of the intracellular milieu, they could be exploited as biomarkers of the otherwise inaccessible brain microenvironment. In addition they may contribute to the progression of neurodegenerative disorders by facilitating the spread of misfolded proteins at distant sites or activating immune cells. This review summarizes recent advances in the study of exosomes in Parkinson's disease pathophysiology and their potential as disease biomarkers...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922169/app-based-bradykinesia-tasks-for-clinic-and-home-assessment-in-parkinson-s-disease-reliability-and-responsiveness
#3
Dustin A Heldman, Enrique Urrea-Mendoza, Lilia C Lovera, David A Schmerler, Xiomara Garcia, Mohammad E Mohammad, Maria Catalina U McFarlane, Joseph P Giuffrida, Alberto J Espay, Hubert H Fernandez
BACKGROUND: Clinical rating of bradykinesia in Parkinson disease (PD) is challenging as it must combine several movement features into a single score. Additionally, in-clinic assessment cannot capture fluctuations throughout the day. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reliability and responsiveness of a motion sensor-based tablet app for objective bradykinesia assessment in clinic and at home as compared to clinical ratings. METHODS: Thirty-two PD patients treated with subthalamic deep brain stimulation (DBS) were outfitted with a motion sensor on the index finger of the more affected hand to perform two repetitions of finger-tapping, hand opening-closing, and arm pronation-supination tasks with DBS on and 10, 20, and 30 minutes after turning DBS off...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922168/evaluation-of-rna-blood-biomarkers-in-individuals-at-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease
#4
Jose A Santiago, Judith A Potashkin
BACKGROUND: Substantial progress has been made in the discovery of blood biomarkers for Parkinson's disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 4 million worldwide. Olfactory dysfunction and dopamine deficits usually precede motor symptoms years before the onset of PD. A readily accessible biomarker useful for identifying patients at risk of PD is expected to accelerate clinical trials. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate previously identified PD blood RNA biomarkers in a cohort of asymptomatic individuals at risk of PD...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922167/statins-and-cognition-in-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Benjamin L Deck, Jacqueline Rick, Sharon X Xie, Alice Chen-Plotkin, John E Duda, James F Morley, Lana M Chahine, Nabila Dahodwala, John Q Trojanowski, Daniel Weintraub
The relationship between statins and cognition in Parkinson's disease (PD) is poorly understood. Analyses were performed to determine associations between statin use and cross-sectional and longitudinal cognitive performance in PD. Neuropsychological tests, medication logs, and ratings of functional abilities were collected from 313 PD participants longitudinally. At baseline, statin users (SU; N = 129) were older, more likely male, and had shorter PD duration than non-statin users (NSU; N = 184). In Cross-sectional analysis, SU performed better on global cognition, Trails B, semantic fluency, and phonemic fluency tasks...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922166/clinical-tremor-severity-estimation-using-an-instrumented-eating-utensil
#6
Svjetlana Miocinovic, Ali H Shoeb, Sarah Wang, Erica A Byrd, Nicole C Swann, Anupam Pathak, Jill L Ostrem
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: We demonstrate the feasibility of estimating clinical tremor scores using an eating utensil with motion-sensing and tremor-cancellation technology in thirteen patients with tremor. METHODS: Three experts scored hand tremor using the modified Fahn-Tolosa-Marin (FTM) scale. A linear model was trained to estimate tremor severity using the recorded motion signals. RESULTS: The average neurologist FTM score was 1.6±0.7 for PD and 2...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800338/a-guideline-for-parkinson-s-disease-nurse-specialists-with-recommendations-for%C3%A2-clinical-practice
#7
Herma Lennaerts, Marieke Groot, Berna Rood, Koen Gilissen, Hella Tulp, Erik van Wensen, Marten Munneke, Teus van Laar, Bastiaan R Bloem
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialists (PDNS) play an important role in the care for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and their caregivers. Until now, there were no nursing guidelines in PD, and interventions were based solely on daily clinical practice because there is no evidence to support the merits of nursing interventions. Consequently, there is little uniformity in current care delivery. OBJECTIVE: Developing a guideline for PDNS. METHODS: We developed a guideline based on a questionnaire among PDNS and a literature review, supplemented with expert opinion plus the input of patients and caregivers...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777757/gba-associated-parkinson-s-disease-progression-in-a-deep-brain-stimulation-cohort
#8
Vanessa Lythe, Dilan Athauda, Jennifer Foley, Niccolò E Mencacci, Marjan Jahanshahi, Lisa Cipolotti, Jonathan Hyam, Ludvic Zrinzo, Marwan Hariz, John Hardy, Patricia Limousin, Tom Foltynie
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that glucosidase beta acid (GBA) mutations predispose Parkinson's disease (PD) patients to a greater burden of cognitive impairment and non-motor symptoms. This emerging knowledge has not yet been considered in patients who have undergone deep brain stimulation (DBS); a surgery that is generally contraindicated in those with cognitive deficits. OBJECTIVE: To explore the long-term phenotypic progression of GBA-associated PD, in a DBS cohort...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777756/long-term-effects-of-safinamide-on-mood-fluctuations-in-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Carlo Cattaneo, Thomas Müller, Erminio Bonizzoni, Gabriele Lazzeri, Ioannis Kottakis, Charlotte Keywood
BACKGROUND: Mood disorders are very frequent in Parkinson's Disease (PD), and their effective treatment is still a major unresolved issue: growing evidence suggests that glutamatergic system dysfunction is directly involved. Safinamide is a drug with an innovative mechanism of action, dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic, that includes the reversible inhibition of the monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) enzyme and the modulation of excessive glutamate release through the use- and state-dependent blockade of the sodium channels...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759974/correlations-between-methionine-cycle-metabolism-comt-genotype-and-polyneuropathy-in-l-dopa-treated-parkinson-s-disease-a-preliminary-cross-sectional-study
#10
Mattias Andréasson, Lovisa Brodin, José Miguel Laffita-Mesa, Per Svenningsson
BACKGROUND: Polyneuropathy (pnp) is recognized as a clinical feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Whether pnp is a result of the alpha-synucleinopathy or related to treatment is debated. Previous studies support underlying disturbances in the methionine cycle mediated by L-dopa. OBJECTIVE: Describe possible relationships between methionine cycle metabolism and the development of pnp in L-dopa treated PD. Furthermore, we aim to investigate possible genetic risk factors by genotyping specific SNPs in enzymes involved in the abovementioned pathways...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759973/reduced-empathy-scores-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-non-motor-symptom-associated-with-advanced-disease-stages
#11
Nele Schmidt, Laura Paschen, Günther Deuschl, Karsten Witt
BACKGROUND: Empathy describes the ability to infer and share emotional experiences of other people and is a central component of normal social functioning. Impaired empathy might be a non-motor symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD). OBJECTIVE: To examine empathic abilities and their relationship to clinical and cognitive functioning in PD patients. METHODS: Empathy was measured in 75 non-demented PD patients and 34 age-matched healthy controls using a German version of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409750/clinical-characteristics-of-parkinson-s-disease-developed-from-essential-tremor
#12
Dong-Woo Ryu, Si-Hoon Lee, Yoon-Sang Oh, Jae-Young An, Jeong-Wook Park, In-Uk Song, Kwang-Soo Lee, Joong-Seok Kim
BACKGROUND: Recent genetic and epidemiological studies have shown that there is a link between essential tremor and Parkinson's disease (PD). However, there is a lack of data about the clinical features of PD developed from essential tremor. OBJECTIVE: To explore and describe the clinical characteristics of Parkinson's disease developed from essential tremor (ET-PD). METHODS: Twenty-five ET-PD patients and 124 IPD controls were enrolled according to each criterion...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409749/the-role-of-stress-as-a-risk-factor-for-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
#13
Kristen D Kelley, Guerry Peavy, Steven Edland, Whitney Rogers, David E Riley, Yvette Bordelon, David Standaert, Stephen G Reich, Irene Litvan
BACKGROUND: PSP, like Alzheimer's disease (AD), is a tauopathy. The etiopathogenesis of PSP is not well known and the role of stress has not yet been examined. Recent studies have shown that stress increases the risk for developing AD. This study investigates the role of stress as a risk factor for PSP. OBJECTIVE: B To examine the association between the development of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and self-reported life stressors. METHODS: 76 patients diagnosed with PSP according to the NINDS-SPSP criteria and 68 age-matched unrelated controls were administered a life stressor questionnaire...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387683/appendectomy-history-is-not-related-to-parkinson-s-disease
#14
Rezzak Yilmaz, Ece Bayram, Çağrı Ulukan, Mustafa Kemal Altınok, Muhittin Cenk Akbostancı
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that appendectomy may modify the emergence of Parkinson's disease (PD) by affecting the retrograde transport of α-synuclein (α-syn) from the gastrointestinal system. OBJECTIVE: To explore the possible role of appendectomy on PD. METHODS: The retrospective data of the 1625 patients (839 PD, 633 non-α-syn parkinsonism and 153 controls) were compared. Disease specific measures between PD patients with (n = 69) and without (n = 770) appendectomy were also evaluated...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387681/prevalence-of-prodromal-parkinson-s-disease-as-defined-by-mds-research-criteria-among-elderly-patients-undergoing-colonoscopy
#15
Skorvanek Matej, Ladomirjakova Zuzana, Han Vladimir, Lesko Norbert, Feketeova Eva, Jarcuskova Dominika, Repkova Barbora, Spisak Peter, Urbancikova Zuzana, Vargova Adriana, Gombosova Laura, Zakuciova Maria, Veseliny Eduard, Trebuna Frantisek, Mechirova Eva, Gdovinova Zuzana
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal symptoms are a well-recognized and common premotor feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Moreover, multiple studies have assessed the value of colonic α-synuclein as a potential marker of prodromal PD. Recently, the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society (MDS) defined research criteria for prodromal PD. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to test the MDS research criteria in patients undergoing diagnostic colonoscopies as potential candidates for inclusion in prospective trials evaluating colonic biopsies as a potential biomarker of prodromal PD...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339403/dopamine-transporter-imaging-has-no-impact-on-functional-outcomes-in-de-novo-probable-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Patrick T Hickey, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Burton Scott, Lisa Gauger, Mark A Stacy
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is among the most prevalent neurodegenerative conditions. While motor and non-motor aspects of this disease have been well characterized, no objective biomarker exists to support an accurate clinical diagnosis. However, newer imaging techniques, including [123I]-FP-CIT (DaTSCAN), have demonstrated utility in differentiating between PD and non-neurodegenerative tremor disorders. OBJECTIVE: DaTSCAN has been primarily investigated in situations where diagnostic confusion exists, and in these instances has been shown to significantly impact clinical management...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28234259/the-potential-role-of-gut-derived-inflammation-in-multiple-system-atrophy
#17
Phillip A Engen, Hemraj B Dodiya, Ankur Naqib, Christopher B Forsyth, Stefan J Green, Robin M Voigt, Jeffrey H Kordower, Ece A Mutlu, Kathleen M Shannon, Ali Keshavarzian
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with intestinal microbiota dysbiosis, abnormal intestinal permeability, and intestinal inflammation. OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to determine if these gut abnormalities are present in another synucleinopathy, multiple system atrophy (MSA). METHODS: In six MSA and 11 healthy control subjects, we performed immunohistochemistry studies of colonic sigmoid mucosa to evaluate the intestinal barrier marker Zonula Occludens-1 and the endotoxin-related inflammation marker Toll-like-receptor-4 expression...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222537/timing-and-kinetics-of-nonmotor-fluctuations-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Christiana Ossig, Daniel Sippel, Mareike Fauser, Florin Gandor, Wolfgang H Jost, Georg Ebersbach, Alexander Storch
BACKGROUND: Nonmotor symptoms (NMS) are known to fluctuate together with motor oscillations in advanced PD, but their timing and kinetics remains enigmatic. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate timing and kinetics of NMS fluctuations. METHODS: Analysis of diary data from 17 fluctuating PD patients. Diaries were completed by rating NMS as absent (defined herein as NMS On state) or present (NMS Off state) and motor function for every hour for 5 consecutive days...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222536/predictors-of-recurrent-falls-in-people-with%C3%A2-parkinson-s-disease-and-proposal-for%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-predictive-tool
#19
Lorena R S Almeida, Guilherme T Valenca, Nádja N Negreiros, Elen B Pinto, Jamary Oliveira-Filho
BACKGROUND: Falls are a debilitating problem for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). OBJECTIVES: To compare clinical and functional characteristics of non-fallers, single and recurrent fallers (≥2 falls); to determine predictors of time to second fall; and to develop a predictive tool for identifying people with PD at different categories of falls risk. METHODS: Participants (n = 229) were assessed by disease-specific, self-report and balance measures and followed up for 12 months...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157109/objective-colonic-dysfunction-is-far-more-prevalent-than-subjective-constipation-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-colon-transit-and-volume-study
#20
Karoline Knudsen, Tatyana D Fedorova, Anne C Bekker, Peter Iversen, Karen Østergaard, Klaus Krogh, Per Borghammer
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal function has received increased interest in the context of Parkinson's disease (PD). Constipation is among the most frequent non-motor symptoms, but our understanding of the underlying pathology is limited. Subjective constipation correlates poorly with objective markers. OBJECTIVE: The aims were to evaluate colonic transit time and volume in PD and to correlate these measures with subjective symptoms and gastric emptying. METHODS: Thirty-two PD patients and 26 controls were included...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
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