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OBJECTIVES The Harvard biomarker study published in October 2013 in Neurology journal showed a deficiency of vitamin D in 17.6% patients with Parkinson disease compared with 9.3% controls (adults without neurological symptoms). Similar determination among neuromuscular disease patients is lacking. METHODS A retrospective analysis of vitamin D levels was(More)
The main focus of the present study was to define the rotational response of 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats to dopaminergic agonists to separate the partially lesioned rats from those having complete substantia nigra (SN) and ventral tegmental area (VTA) lesions. Animals were challenged by amphetamine and L-DOPA for 10 consecutive weeks. There was a(More)
Sleep disturbance is a common nonmotor phenomenon in Parkinson's disease (PD) affecting patient's quality of life. In this study, we examined the association between clinical characteristics with sleep disorders and sleep architecture patterns in a PD cohort. Patients underwent a standardized polysomnography study (PSG) in their "on medication" state. We(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with Parkinson disease (PD) are at high risk of hospital encounters with increasing morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to determine the rate of hospital encounters in a cohort followed over 5 years and to identify associated factors. METHODS We queried the data from the International Multicenter National Parkinson Foundation(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the incidence and prevalence of depressive symptoms in atypical parkinsonian (APD) syndromes versus Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS In a large retrospective patient cohort we analyzed the incidence and prevalence of depressive symptoms using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and evaluated subjects longitudinally on subsequent(More)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an accepted therapy for appropriately selected patients with movement disorders and psychiatric disease. The recent advances in lead technology and the advent of novel stimulation parameters have spurred a number of improvements that will likely be implemented in the clinical setting. Although the mechanisms and biology of(More)
INTRODUCTION Recent evidence suggests deep brain stimulation can alter impulse control. Our objective was to prospectively evaluate the effects of subthalamic nucleus (STN) and globus pallidus internus (GPi) deep brain stimulation on impulse control disorders (ICDs) in the setting of a conservative dopamine reduction strategy. METHODS Patients (n = 37)(More)
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