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We have previously performed detailed clinical and neuropsychological assessments in a community-based cohort of patients with newly diagnosed parkinsonism, and through analysis of a subcohort with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), we have demonstrated that cognitive dysfunction occurs even at the time of PD diagnosis and is heterogeneous. Longitudinal(More)
Exenatide, which is a treatment for diabetes, has been tested as a disease modifying treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Exenatide is an injected glucagon-like peptide-1 agonist medication marketed as Byett and Bydureon and is used in the treatment of insulin resistance in patients with Type 2 diabetes. It differs in pharmacological action and chemical(More)
Cognitive abnormalities are common in Parkinson's disease, with important social and economic implications. Factors influencing their evolution remain unclear but are crucial to the development of targeted therapeutic strategies. We have investigated the development of cognitive impairment and dementia in Parkinson's disease using a longitudinal approach in(More)
We have used multiple sources to identify a population-representative cohort of newly diagnosed patients with parkinsonism and Parkinson's disease in the UK over a 2-year period. All patients have been invited to participate in a detailed clinical assessment either at home or in an outpatient clinic. These assessments have been used to refine clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Although deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a highly effective therapeutic intervention in severe Parkinson's disease, its mechanism of action remains unclear. One possibility is that DBS suppresses local pathologically synchronised oscillatory activity. METHODS To explore this, the authors recorded from DBS(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) patients show a range of executive deficits involving dopaminergic transmission in the prefrontal cortex. In this study, we have investigated the impact of catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT) val(158)met polymorphisms on performance of the Tower of London (TOL) test of planning by PD patients. Motor and cognitive assessments were(More)
OBJECTIVE Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative condition that typically presents as a movement disorder but is known to be associated with variable degrees of cognitive impairment including dementia. We investigated the genetic basis of susceptibility to and cognitive heterogeneity of this disease. METHODS In 659 PD patients, 109 of which were(More)
The local strength of pathological synchronization in the region of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is emerging as a possible factor in the motor impairment of Parkinson's Disease (PD). In particular, correlations have been repeatedly demonstrated between treatment-induced suppressions of local oscillatory activity in the beta frequency band and improvements(More)
BACKGROUND In studies of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Parkinson disease (PD), patients without dementia have reported variable prevalences and profiles of MCI, likely to be due to methodologic differences between the studies. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to determine frequency and the profile of MCI in a large, multicenter cohort of(More)
The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a small, glutamatergic nucleus situated in the diencephalon. A critical component of normal motor function, it has become a key target for deep brain stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Animal studies have demonstrated the existence of three functional sub-zones but these have never been shown conclusively(More)