Natalie Diaz

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The motor examination section of the unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (UPDRS) is widely used in research but few studies have examined whether subscales exist that tap relatively distinct motor abnormalities. We analyzed data from 193 persons enrolled in a population-based study in Central California. Patients were examined after overnight PD(More)
PURPOSE To assess diagnostic accuracy of two self-administered depression measures compared to an interviewer-administered measure in subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD), and to analyze clinical and sociodemographic factors associated with disagreement among the three depression assessment tools. METHODS We assessed 214 PD subjects using the Patient(More)
Introduction. Pantothenate-kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN) is a rare genetic disease and a form of neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA). It most commonly begins in the first two decades of life but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients at any age with an atypical progressive extrapyramidal disorder and(More)
We assessed degree of Parkinson disease motor symptom improvement with medication among subjects enrolled in an ongoing, population-based study in Central California. The motor section of the unified Parkinson disease rating scale (UPDRS) was performed on subjects in both OFF and ON medication states, and difference between these scores was used as an(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the prevalence of co-morbid depression between patients with chronic primary headache syndromes and chronic posttraumatic headaches. METHOD A prospective cross-sectional analysis of all patients presenting sequentially to a community-based general neurology clinic during a 2-year period for evaluation of chronic headache pain was(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) afflicts more than 1,000,000 people in the United States and over 50,000 veterans obtain their medical care for PD within the Veterans Health Care System. In an effort to improve care for this growing population of veterans suffering from PD, the Veteran's Health Administration established 6 Parkinson's disease Research, Education,(More)
Acute onset of psychosis in an older or elderly individual without history of previous psychiatric disorders should prompt a thorough workup for neurologic causes of psychiatric symptoms. This report compares and contrasts clinical features of new onset of psychotic symptoms between two patients, one with an acute basal ganglia hemorrhagic stroke and(More)
The authors examined associations of various sleep-disturbance symptoms with health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in 153 adults with Parkinson's disease (PD). PD patients reported more snoring, sleep inadequacy, daytime somnolence, and sleep-maintenance problems than the general population. Symptoms having the broadest and strongest unique associations(More)
How do we inspire new ideas that could lead to potential treatments for rare or neglected diseases, and allow for serendipity that could help to catalyze them? How many potentially good ideas are lost because they are never tested? What if those ideas could have lead to new therapeutic approaches and major healthcare advances? If a clinician or anyone for(More)
OBJECTIVE The study set out to determine if the HIV protease inhibitor, indinavir, alters responsiveness of α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors to acetylcholine. DESIGN Treatment with HAART has dramatically reduced development of HIV-associated dementia and more severe forms of cognitive impairment. However, many individuals continue to experience(More)