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  • Quality of Life Friends Couple walking in woods Comparison of caregiver strain in Parkinson's disease between Yamagata, Japan, and Maryland, The United States178 Spousepatient pairs were assessed. The level of caregiver strain in PD did not differ between Yamagata, Japan and Maryland, US despite differences in demographics and social support programs in the two regions. Yamagata spouses reported physical, time and financial constraints, while Maryland spouses reported more emotional distress. I 01 June 2013
  • Quality of Life Friends Couple walking in woods Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of Virtual House Calls for Parkinson DiseaseConclusion: Using web-based videoconferencing to provide specialty care at home is feasible, provides value to patients, and may offer similar clinical benefit to that of in-person care. Larger studies are needed to determine whether the clinical benefits are indeed comparable to those of in-person care and whether the results observed are generalizable. 01 May 2013
  • Quality of Life Friends Couple walking in woods The PDQ-Carer: Development and validation of a summary index scoreThe analyses undertaken here indicate that data from the PDQ-Carer can be presented in summary form. The index will provide an overall indication of the impact of caring. Furthermore, the single index reduces the number of statistical comparisons, and hence the role of chance, when exploring data from the PDQ-Carer. 01 April 2013
  • xxx Journal of Parkinson's Disease Volume 3 Issue 1A summary of articles in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease 2013 Volume 3 Issue 1 01 April 2013
  • Clasped hands Recognition of facial and musical emotions in Parkinson's diseaseResults showed that the PD group was significantly impaired for recognition of both fear and sadness emotions from facial expressions, whereas their performance in recognition of emotions from musical excerpts was not different from that of the control group. The scores of fear and sadness recognition from faces were neither correlated to scores in tests for executive and cognitive functions, nor to scores in self-assessment scales. 01 March 2013
  • Quality of Life Friends Couple walking in woods Parkinson's disease and osteoporosisConclusion: bone loss in PD is multifactorial. It is clinically important because of the concomitant risk of fractures. Screening for osteoporosis should be considered more often, and therapeutic interventions should be initiated. 01 March 2013
  • Headache Pain Pain in Parkinson disease: A review of the literatureAlthough pain is one of the non-motor symptoms most frequency experienced by patients, it is often under recognized and inadequately treated in contrast to motor symptoms Multicenter studies are needed that include a large cohort of subjects evaluated in multiple dimensions including pain in order to obtain more data and to allow improved management of pain in patients with PD. 01 March 2013
  • Parkinson's Disease Impact of Duodopa on Quality of Life in Advanced Parkinson's Disease: A UK Case SeriesIn this study, authors describe the outcome of 12 PD patients with PD related complications started on LCIG, with respect to their quality of life measured by a disease specific validated scalethe PDQ39, together with diaries recording time spent On, Off, Dyskinetic, or Asleep. 31 January 2013
  • Brain skeleton activity Stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus at an earlier disease stage of Parkinson's disease: Concept and standards of the EARLYSTIThe methodological innovation for DBS-studies of this study lies in novel procedures developed and used for monitoring best medical treatment, neurosurgical consistency, best management of stimulation programming, blinded video assessment of motor disability, and prevention of suicidal behaviors. 30 January 2013
  • Parkinson's Disease High Prevalence of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Parkinson's Disease: A Questionnaire-Based StudyThis study suggests that GERD is prevalent in PD. Deterioration of daily living activities and other nonmotor symptoms can imply the presence of GERD. Because clinical symptoms of GERD are usually treatable, the management can improve the patient's quality of life. 15 January 2013
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