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Major depression is present, at any given time, in 20-40% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, several times the prevalence in the general population. In addition, depression may precede the diagnosis of PD. These observations and reports of depression during deep brain stimulation of regions contiguous to the substantia nigra, as well as reports of(More)
This study assesses the reach to grasp movement of eight Parkinson and eight control subjects. The reach was of either 15, 27.5 or 40 cm. The grasp was either of a small (0.7 cm) or a large diameter (8 cm) dowel. When comparing Parkinson to control subjects, no differences were found in the regulation of movement parameters according to changes in object(More)
Alpha-synuclein is a presynaptic protein that has been implicated as a possible causative agent in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. The native protein is a major component of nigral Lewy bodies in Parkinson's disease, and full-length alpha-synuclein accumulates in Lewy neurites. Here we present evidence that alpha-synuclein levels are elevated in(More)
This study presents a method for analyzing and remediating the visual perceptual deficits often found in persons with acquired right brain injury due to stroke. A total of 57 patients were randomly assigned to experimental (N=25) or control (N=32) groups. All patients were administered the same test battery prior to assignment. Experimentals received the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the nonergot dopamine agonist ropinirole as an adjunct to L-dopa in a randomized, double-blind trial in PD patients with motor fluctuations. BACKGROUND L-dopa in the treatment of PD is associated with motor fluctuations, dyskinesia, and other adverse effects. The use of dopamine agonists in the treatment of PD delays recourse to(More)
We compared the efficacy, safety, an tolerability of pramipexole, an aminobenzathiazol-derived dopamine agonist with novel properties, with those of placebo in advanced PD patients with motor fluctuations under levodopa treatment. Pramipexole improved motor function of patients during "on" and "off" periods, decreased the time spent in "off" periods,(More)
Visual evoked potentials (VEPs) and contrast sensitivity measurements were determined in normally sighted patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Prolonged latencies of the first major positive (P100) wave of the VEP elicited by an alternating vertical grating were noted. The delay in latency was positively correlated with the severity of the movement(More)
Fetal neural transplantation has been shown to be a feasible, safe, and according to a number of recent reports, effective treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). Fetal striatal transplantation may be as feasible, safe, and effective a treatment for Huntington's disease (HD), a disorder for which there is currently no effective treatment. This report(More)