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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732149/beware-of-the-origin-of-numbers-standard-scoring-of-the-sf-12-and-sf-36-summary-measures-distorts-measurement-and-score-interpretations
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Peter Hagell, Albert Westergren, Kristofer Årestedt
The 12-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-12) is a generic health rating scale developed to reproduce the Physical and Mental Component Summary scores (PCS and MCS, respectively) of a longer survey, the SF-36. The standard PCS/MCS scoring algorithm has been criticized because its expected dimensionality often lacks empirical support, scoring is based on the assumption that physical and mental health are uncorrelated, and because scores on physical health items influence MCS scores, and vice versa. In this paper, we review the standard PCS/MCS scoring algorithm for the SF-12 and consider alternative scoring procedures: the RAND-12 Health Status Inventory (HSI) and raw sum scores...
August 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731859/air-pollution-and-parkinson-s-disease-evidence-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Natalia Palacios
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease of unknown etiology that is thought to be caused by a complex combination of environmental and/or genetic factors. Air pollution exposure is linked to numerous adverse effects on human health, including brain inflammation and oxidative stress, processes that are believed to contribute to the development and progression of PD. This review provides an overview of recent advances in the epidemiology of air pollution and PD, including evidence of the effects of various pollutants (ozone, PM10, PM2...
July 21, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731447/chromatin-bound-oxidized-%C3%AE-synuclein-causes-strand-breaks-in-neuronal-genomes-in-in-vitro-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Velmarini Vasquez, Joy Mitra, Pavana M Hegde, Arvind Pandey, Shiladitya Sengupta, Sankar Mitra, K S Rao, Muralidhar L Hegde
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) overexpression and misfolding/aggregation in degenerating dopaminergic neurons have long been implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). The neurotoxicity of α-Syn is enhanced by iron (Fe) and other pro-oxidant metals, leading to generation of reactive oxygen species in PD brain. Although α-Syn is predominantly localized in presynaptic nerve terminals, a small fraction exists in neuronal nuclei. However, the functional and/or pathological role of nuclear α-Syn is unclear. Following up on our earlier report that α-Syn directly binds DNA in vitro, here we confirm the nuclear localization and chromatin association of α-Syn in neurons using proximity ligation and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731443/accuracy-of-clinical-diagnosis-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-versus-neuropathology
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Ragnhild E Skogseth, Tibor Hortobágyi, Hogne Soennesyn, Luiza Chwiszczuk, Dominic Ffytche, Arvid Rongve, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland
BACKGROUND: The first consensus criteria for dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) published in 1996 were revised in 2005, partly because the original clinical criteria had suboptimal sensitivity. Few studies have assessed the accuracy of the 2005 criteria applied prospectively in newly diagnosed patients who have been followed longitudinally. OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlation between clinical and pathological diagnoses in patients with DLB and Parkinson's disease with dementia (PDD)...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729942/problems-related-to-levodopa-carbidopa-intestinal-gel-treatment-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease
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Marianne Udd, Jukka Lyytinen, Johanna Eerola-Rautio, Anu Kenttämies, Outi Lindström, Leena Kylänpää, Eero Pekkonen
BACKGROUND: Continuous levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) diminishes daily "off" time and dyskinesia in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). Complications are common with percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy with a jejunal extension tube (PEG-J). AIM OF THE STUDY: To report the clinical outcome of LCIG in patients with advanced PD in the years 2006-2014 at Helsinki University Hospital. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel treatment started following PEG-J placement in patients with advanced PD after successful in-hospital LCIG trial with a nasojejunal tube...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729832/the-role-of-microglia-in-retinal-neurodegeneration-alzheimer-s-disease-parkinson-and-glaucoma
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REVIEW
Ana I Ramirez, Rosa de Hoz, Elena Salobrar-Garcia, Juan J Salazar, Blanca Rojas, Daniel Ajoy, Inés López-Cuenca, Pilar Rojas, Alberto Triviño, José M Ramírez
Microglia, the immunocompetent cells of the central nervous system (CNS), act as neuropathology sensors and are neuroprotective under physiological conditions. Microglia react to injury and degeneration with immune-phenotypic and morphological changes, proliferation, migration, and inflammatory cytokine production. An uncontrolled microglial response secondary to sustained CNS damage can put neuronal survival at risk due to excessive inflammation. A neuroinflammatory response is considered among the etiological factors of the major aged-related neurodegenerative diseases of the CNS, and microglial cells are key players in these neurodegenerative lesions...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729090/the-overlap-between-essential-tremor-and-parkinson-disease
#7
Musleh Algarni, Alfonso Fasano
INTRODUCTION: Essential tremor (ET) and Parkinson's disease (PD) are common disorders especially in the aging population and can have overlapping features that can make it difficult to differentiate between the two. In addition, a possible overlap from a pathophysiological standpoint has been often advocated in the past. METHODS: In this review article, we gather the recent evidence in favor or against a possible relationship between ET and PD. This exercise follows the new advances in the field of tremor from both a pathophysiological and nosological perspective...
July 12, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729076/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-the-toll-like-receptor-2-tlr2-gene-are-associated-with-sporadic-parkinson-s-disease-in-the-north-eastern-han-chinese-population
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Xiaoyuan Li, Li Xue, Jinfang Sun, Yanping Sun, Anmu Xie
Growing evidences suggested that inflammatory process played a critical role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). Given that TLR2 has been implicated in the perpetuation of inflammatory responses in the central nervous system (CNS), we investigated the association between two genetic variants (rs3804099 and rs3804100) of TLR2 and sporadic PD in Han Chinese population. 395 Han Chinese sporadic PD patients and 413 healthy age and gender-matched controls were genotyped using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728902/role-of-mirnas-in-development-and-disease-lessons-learnt-from-small-organisms
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REVIEW
Swati Chandra, Divya Vimal, Divya Sharma, Vipin Rai, Subash Chandra Gupta, D Kar Chowdhuri
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) constitute a class of small (21-24 nucleotides) non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila melanogaster, and many other small organisms have been instrumental in deciphering the biological functions of miRNAs. While some miRNAs from small organisms are highly conserved across the taxa, others are organism specific. The miRNAs are known to play a crucial role during development and in various cellular functions such as cell survival, cell proliferation, and differentiation...
July 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728889/cognitive-and-motor-functioning-in-elderly-glucocerebrosidase-mutation-carriers
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Eileen E Moran, Cuiling Wang, Mindy Katz, Laurie Ozelius, Alison Schwartz, Jelena Pavlovic, Roberto A Ortega, Richard B Lipton, Molly E Zimmerman, Rachel Saunders-Pullman
Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) gene are a strong genetic risk factor for the development of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy Bodies. However the penetrance of GBA mutations is low for these diseases in heterozygous carriers. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between mutation status and cognitive and motor functioning in a sample of community-dwelling older adults. Using linear mixed effects models, we examined the effect of heterozygous mutation status on 736 community-dwelling older adults (≥70 years) without dementia or Parkinson's disease assessed over an average of 6 years, 28 of whom had a single GBA mutation (primarily N370S)...
June 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728834/calcium-signaling-and-molecular-mechanisms-underlying-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Ekaterina Pchitskaya, Elena Popugaeva, Ilya Bezprozvanny
Calcium (Ca(2+)) is a ubiquitous second messenger that regulates various activities in eukaryotic cells. Especially important role calcium plays in excitable cells. Neurons require extremely precise spatial-temporal control of calcium-dependent processes because they regulate such vital functions as synaptic plasticity. Recent evidence indicates that neuronal calcium signaling is abnormal in many of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson's disease (PD)...
June 30, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728516/a-rare-cause-of-severe-epigastric-pain-emesis-and-increased-lipase
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Daan Van Olmen, Francis Somville, Gerry Van der Mieren
INTRODUCTION: Gastric volvulus is an uncommon, but severe pathology requiring early diagnosis and urgent treatment. Its atypical symptoms and rarity make it difficult to diagnose, possibly leading to delayed treatment and fatal complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We present a case of a 73-year-old patient with Parkinson's disease with complaints of severe epigastric pain, emesis and an increased lipase. RESULTS: Diagnosis of an organo-axial gastric volvulus was made...
July 20, 2017: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728161/quality-of-life-and-caregivers-burden-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Kingston Rajiah, Mari Kannan Maharajan, Si Jen Yeen, Sara Lew
AIM: This study focused on the impact of the clinical features on the quality of life (QoL) of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and of their caregivers. METHODS: This study included PD patients along with their caregivers and was undertaken at the Malaysian Parkinson's Disease Association from June 2016 to November 2016. Clinical features of PD patients were assessed using the Movement Disorder Society revised Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale; the Hoehn and Yahr stage and the Schwab and England Activities of Daily Living Scale were used to assess the severity and the ability of PD patients respectively...
July 21, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728000/tailor-made-purified-human-platelet-lysate-concentrated-in-neurotrophins-for-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Ming-Li Chou, Joe-Wei Wu, Flore Gouel, Aurélie Jonneaux, Kelly Tillerman, Ting-Yi Renn, Charlotte Laloux, Hung-Ming Chang, Liang-Tzung Lin, Jean-Christophe Devedjian, David Devos, Thierry Burnouf
Human platelet lysates (PLs), which contain multiple neurotrophins, have been proposed for treating neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD). However, current PLs suspended in plasma have high protein content and contain fibrinogen/fibrin and, following activation, also proteolytic and thrombogenic enzymes. Upon brain administration, such PLs may saturate the cerebrospinal fluid and exert neurotoxicity. We assessed whether purified PLs, concentrated in neurotrophins, protected dopaminergic neurons in PD models...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727984/gba-analysis-in-next-generation-era-pitfalls-challenges-and-possible-solutions
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Stefania Zampieri, Silvia Cattarossi, Bruno Bembi, Andrea Dardis
Mutations in the gene encoding the lysosomal enzyme acid β-glucosidase (GBA) are responsible for Gaucher disease and represent the main genetic risk factor for developing Parkinson disease. In past years, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology has been applied for the molecular analysis of the GBA gene, both as a single gene or as part of gene panels. However, the presence of complex gene-pseudogene rearrangements, resulting from the presence of a highly homologous pseudogene (GBAP1) located downstream of the GBA gene, makes NGS analysis of GBA challenging...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727571/altered-putamen-functional-connectivity-is-associated-with-anxiety-disorder-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Xixi Wang, Junyi Li, Yongsheng Yuan, Min Wang, Jian Ding, Jiejin Zhang, Lin Zhu, Yuting Shen, Hui Zhang, Kezhong Zhang
In this study, we used resting state-functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) to explore altered putamen functional connectivity (FC) in Parkinson's disease patients with anxiety disorder. We divided 65 Parkinson's disease patients into anxiety (PD-A; n=18) and non-anxiety (PD-NA; n=45) groups based on a Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale cutoff score of 12. The PD-A patients exhibited altered putamen FC with cortical and subcortical regions. The PD-A patients showed enhanced putamen FC with the caudatum, which correlated with increased emotional processing during anxiety...
July 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727513/adapted-tango-for-adults-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-qualitative-study
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Wendy M Holmes, Madeleine E Hackney
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of 16 individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) partaking in an adapted tango class and the perceived impact on participation and quality of life (QOL). The Ecology of Human Performance and the International Classification of Function were the theoretical frameworks for the study. Data collection involved focus groups conducted during the intervention and at a follow-up six months later. Data analysis followed inductive thematic analysis techniques...
July 2017: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly: APAQ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727213/farming-and-incidence-of-motor-neuron-disease-french-nationwide-study
#18
S Kab, F Moisan, A Elbaz
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The association of farming with motor neuron disease (MND) is unclear, with conflicting studies. We performed a French nationwide study of the association of farming with MND incidence, and compared findings with those for Parkinson's disease (PD), which has been shown to be more frequent in farmers. METHODS: We used the French national health insurance and hospital discharge databases to identify MND/PD incident cases. The Mutualité Sociale Agricole (MSA) guarantees health insurance for farmers and agricultural workers...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726961/functional-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-car-for-targeting-dopamine-delivery-into-the-brain-of-parkinsonian-mice
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Qing Guo, Huihui You, Xu Yang, Bencheng Lin, Zhihong Zhu, Zhisong Lu, Xiaoxiao Li, Yun Zhao, Lin Mao, Shiping Shen, Haoyan Cheng, Jiting Zhang, Lingfu Deng, Jianhua Fan, Zhuge Xi, Rui Li, Chang Ming Li
Current treatments for Parkinson's disease (PD) are limited, partly due to the difficulties posed by the blood brain barrier (BBB) when delivering drugs to the brain. Herein, we explore the feasibility and efficacy of functional single-walled carbon nanotubes 'CAR' (SWCNT-PEGs-Lf) which carry and target-deliver dopamine (DA) to the brain in PD mice for treatment. SWCNTs can penetrate the cell-membrane remarkably, with the characteristics including high drug-loading and pH-dependent therapeutic unloading capacities...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726524/subnanomolar-indazole-5-carboxamide-inhibitors-of-monoamine-oxidase-b-mao-b-continued-indications-of-iron-binding-experimental-evidence-for-optimised-solubility-and-brain-penetration
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Nikolay T Tzvetkov, Liudmil Antonov
Pharmacological and physicochemical studies of N-unsubstituted indazole-5-carboxamides (subclass I) and their structurally optimised N1-methylated analogues (subclass II), initially developed as drug and radioligand candidates for the treatment and diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD), are presented. The compounds are highly brain permeable, selective, reversible, and competitive monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors with improved water-solubility and subnanomolar potency (pIC50 >8.8). Using a well-validated, combined X-ray/modelling technology platform, we performed a semi-quantitative analysis of the binding modes of all compounds and investigated the role of the indazole N1 position for their MAO-B inhibitory activity...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
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