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The objective of this study was to examine the experience of spouses caregiving for their spouse with Parkinson's disease (PD) and to determine whether their experiences differed by stage of disease. By using a cross-sectional design and mail questionnaire data from 380 spouse caregivers across 23 sites of the Parkinson Study Group, key caregiver variables(More)
IMPORTANCE Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant that supports mitochondrial function, has been shown in preclinical Parkinson disease (PD) models to reduce the loss of dopamine neurons, and was safe and well tolerated in early-phase human studies. A previous phase II study suggested possible clinical benefit. OBJECTIVE To examine whether CoQ10 could slow(More)
BACKGROUND Freezing of Gait (FOG) can be a serious problem in Parkinson's disease (PD) and is usually refractory to medical treatment. Botulinum toxin (BTX) type A has been reported to relieve FOG in small open label studies. MATERIAL/METHODS We performed a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study using BTX-B injections on the(More)
The Driving Scenes test of the new Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB; [Stern, R.A., & White, T. (2003a). Neuropsychological Assessment Battery. Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.]) measures several aspects of visual attention thought to be important for driving ability. The current study examined the relationship between scores on(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the results of the 12-week, prospective, open label extension of the 4-week, multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind PSYCLOPS (PSYchosis and CLOzapine in the treatment of Parkinsonism) trial. This extension examined the chronic safety and efficacy of clozapine in the treatment of drug-induced psychosis in Parkinson's disease (PD).(More)
To determine whether bradykinesia in patients with Alzheimer's disease is different from the slowing of movement seen in normal aging, 25 patients with mild to moderately severe Alzheimer's disease and 25 normal controls, matched for age and sex, were studied. The measures of motor performance included two computerized tests of finger tapping, one test of(More)
Four open-label studies have reported beneficial effects of clozapine on the tremor of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). We performed a double-blind crossover trial with a 2-week washout, comparing low-dose clozapine to benztropine for the treatment of tremor in PD. Twenty-two subjects enrolled and 19 completed the study. Benztropine and clozapine were(More)
Twenty patients with asymmetric Parkinson's disease were studied in a reaction time (RT) experiment in which the performance of the more affected ("bad") hand was compared with performance of the less affected ("good") hand. Simple RT and choice RT were tested in separate blocks, and the benefit afforded by advance information in the simple RT condition(More)