Parkinsonism Center

Parkinson disease (PD) is characterized by abnormalities of posture, balance, and mobility, accompanied by muscular rigidity and course tremor of the forearms. Tremor may be lacking in other forms of parkinsonism. Disorders in this category are referred to as extrapyramidal disorders. PD is sometimes spelled as (Parkinson's disease and Parkinsons disease).

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Support for patients with Parkinson disease and related neurological disorders. Discussions among patients, families, caregivers and professionals on topics related to diagnosis, treatment, and activities of daily living.

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Seeing a neurologist helps people with Parkinson disease live longer
Aug 11, 2011
People with Parkinson disease who go to a neurologist for their care are more likely to live longer, less likely to be placed in a nursing home, and less likely to break a hip than people who go to a primary care physician, according to a study published in the August 10, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
REM sleep behavior disorder is a risk factor for Parkinson disease
Jul 29, 2011
A new study used brain SPECT to conclude that the levels of dopamine in the brain are quickly lowering over the years in patients with REM sleep behavior disorder.
Scientist converts human skin cells into functional brain cells
Jul 28, 2011
A paper being published online today in the scientific journal Cell Stem Cell reveals efficient and robust methods for transforming adult skin cells into neurons that are capable of transmitting brain signals, marking one of the first documented experiments for transforming an adult human's skin cells into functioning brain cells.
Increased risk of Parkinson disease in methamphetamine users
Jul 26, 2011
People who abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine-like stimulants were more likely to develop Parkinson disease than those who did not, reports a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
New Parkinson disease gene identified
Jul 22, 2011
A team of researchers at the University Department of Neurology of the Medical University of Vienna has succeeded in identifying a gene that is mutated in individuals with Parkinson disease.
A mutation in a protein-sorting gene is linked with Parkinson disease
Jul 14, 2011
Two independent research groups have identified a mutation associated with an inherited form of Parkinson disease. The papers, published by Cell Press in the July 9 issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics, provide new insight into the pathogenesis of late-onset Parkinson disease and present compelling evidence that implicates a novel protein-recycling pathway in neurodegeneration.
Parkinson disease patients may benefit from virtual-reality-based therapies
Jul 12, 2011
In a study scheduled for publication in the August issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, researchers report that virtual reality and physical reality exercises can be used to provide effective stimuli to increase movement speeds in Parkinson disease patients.
Ethnic and gender stereotypes bias treatment of Parkinson disease
Jul 07, 2011
Cultural, ethnic and gender stereotypes can significantly distort clinical judgments about "facially masked" patients with Parkinson disease, according to a newly published study. This can lead to inappropriate and inequitable health care for those suffering from Parkinson disease.
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