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The aim of this study was to investigate patterns of cortical atrophy associated with mild cognitive impairment in a large sample of nondemented Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, and its relation with specific neuropsychological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological assessment were performed in a sample of 90 nondemented PD(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the progression of cortical thinning and gray-matter (GM) volume loss in early Parkinson's disease (PD). MRI and neuropsychological assessment were obtained at baseline and follow-up (mean ± standard deviation = 35.50 ± 1.88 months) in a group of 16 early-PD patients (H & Y stage ≤II and disease duration ≤5 years)(More)
Cognitive dysfunction occurs at early stages of Parkinson's disease (PD). Initial studies reported that cognitive dysfunction in early PD only affected fronto-striatal circuits, provoking a marked executive dysfunction. Memory impairment in PD was thought to depend on a problem in retrieving stored information, therefore also reflecting a fronto-striatal(More)
The presence of visual hallucinations (VH) is a significant predictor of dementia in Parkinson's disease (PD) and it is associated with a more rapid cognitive decline. Non-demented PD patients with VH present greater neuropsychological impairment than those without VH in domains such as verbal and visual memory, language comprehension, and visuospatial and(More)
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder of complex aetiology. Rare, highly penetrant PD-causing mutations and common risk factors of small effect size have been identified in several genes/loci. However, these mutations and risk factors only explain a fraction of the disease burden, suggesting that additional, substantial genetic(More)
Erythrocyte structure and function depend upon interactions between proteins in and associated with the membrane, centered around band 3. This protein harbours physiological removal signals and, as a main component of the links between the cytoskeleton and the lipid bilayer, plays a central role in deformability. Also, as a binding partner of hemoglo-bin(More)
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