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We studied 26 patients belonging to 20 families with a disorder caused by mutations in the POLG gene. The patients were homozygous for 1399 G/A or 2243 G/C (giving the amino acid changes A467T and W748S, respectively) or compound heterozygotes for these two mutations. Irrespective of genotype, the patients exhibited a progressive neurological disorder(More)
OBJECTIVE To present the incidence of Parkinson's disease (PD) in Norway and to explore gender influences on incidence and age at onset, as well as severity and pattern of parkinsonism at the time of diagnosis in a representative drug naïve cohort with newly diagnosed PD. METHODS In four Norwegian counties comprising a base population of 1 052 075(More)
Mitochondrial dysfunction and altered proteostasis are central features of neurodegenerative diseases. The pitrilysin metallopeptidase 1 (PITRM1) is a mitochondrial matrix enzyme, which digests oligopeptides, including the mitochondrial targeting sequences that are cleaved from proteins imported across the inner mitochondrial membrane and the mitochondrial(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of ropinirole in the treatment of patients with restless legs syndrome. METHODS A 12 week, prospective, double blind, randomised comparison involving 284 patients from 10 European countries. All participants had a score of > or =15 on the international restless legs scale (IRLS). Patients were(More)
One hundred and seventy four patients suffering from the restless legs syndrome were examined in a double blind, between patient, placebo controlled study in general practice for five weeks to investigate the effects of carbamazepine and placebo on the syndrome. The syndrome was more common among middle aged women with relatively low systolic blood(More)
BACKGROUND Offshore workers in the Norwegian upstream petroleum industry are exposed to a number of chemicals such as organic solvents, mineral oils and other hydrocarbons, possibly contributing to an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE To estimate the risk of MS in this population compared with the general working population in Norway,(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the diverse ocular manifestations and identify the causative mutation in a large family with autosomal dominant anterior segment dysgenesis accompanied in some individuals by cerebral vascular disease. DESIGN Retrospective observational case series and laboratory investigation. METHODS Forty-five family members from 4 generations(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate demographic and clinical factors associated with employment in MS. METHODS The study included 213 (89.9%) of all MS patients in Sogn and Fjordane County, Western Norway at December 31st 2010. The patients underwent clinical evaluation, structured interviews and completed self-reported questionnaires. Demographic and clinical(More)
One hundred and seventy-four patients suffering from restless legs were included in a double-blind trial. Eighty-four patients were treated with carbamazepine (CBZ) and 90 with placebo. Discrimination analysis was carried out in order to characterize the patients who did not benefit from the treatment. Patients treated with CBZ were divided into responders(More)
OBJECTIVE To prospectively investigate potential signs of preclinical multiple sclerosis (MS) activity and when they are present prior to first symptom using data from a historical cohort. METHODS We linked the cognitive performance of all Norwegian men born 1950-1995 who underwent conscription examination at age 18 to 19 years to the Norwegian MS(More)