October 4th, 2010
05:20 PM ET
Clues found to early Parkinson's deaths
A study published Monday found that Parkinson’s disease patients who scored worst on movement tests and those suffering from dementia or psychotic episodes such as hallucinations all faced a higher risk of dying earlier from the disease.
Tremors by themselves were not a risk factor, and neither anti-psychotic nor anti-Parkinson’s drug treatments affected survival, research published in the current issue of the journal Neurology concluded.
The 12-year Norwegian study looked at 230 Parkinson’s patients, 211 of whom had died by the end of the research.
“Remarkably, time of death for these people took anywhere from two to 37 years from diagnosis, so it’s important we try to identify those risk factors that lead to an early death so we can find ways to increase a person’s life expectancy,” lead researcher Dr. Elin Bjelland Forsaa said in a statement.
Patients in the study lived an average of 16 years with Parkinson’s. The average age at death was 80 for men and 82 for women.
The cause of Parkinson’s is not known, and there is no cure. People develop Parkinson’s when clusters of cells in the midbrain die, cutting down production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for coordinated muscle movement.
As a result, unmedicated Parkinson's patients tend to have muscle rigidity, lack of facial expression, a stooped posture, halting gait and tremors.
Doctors are only able to treat Parkinson’s symptoms, usually by replacing dopamine with the drug L-dopa. No treatments currently exist to slow the progression of the disease.
“Our findings suggest that treatments to prevent or delay the progression of movement problems, psychosis and dementia in people with Parkinson’s could help people live longer,” said Forsaa at Stavanger University Hospital in Stavanger, Norway.
Dr. David Charles, a neurologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and chief medical officer at Vanderbilt Neuroscience Isntitute, said the finding that anti-psychotic medications did not affect mortality in Parkinson’s patients would mean doctors would be less hesitant to prescribe them. Anti-psychotic medications have been associated with increased mortality in Alzheimer’s patients.
An estimated 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease. Some 50,000 Americans learn they have the disease each year, most over 50 years old.
Neurology is published by the American Academy of Neurology.
About this blog
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.
I believe that is among the such a lot significant information for me.
And i'm glad reading your article. But wanna observation on few basic things,
The site taste is wonderful, the articles is truly
great : D. Good process, cheers
Perfectly written content, thankyou for entropy.
Hello to all, the contents existing at this website
are truly awesome for people knowledge, well, keep up the good work fellows.
Hi my loved one! I wish to say that this article is awesome, great written and include approximately all significant infos.
I'd like to see more posts like this .
I think other website owners should take this web site as an example , very clean and good user friendly style.
Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your
weblog and wished to say that I've really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
In any case I'll be subscribing to your feed and I am hoping you write once more
Hello my family member! I wish to say that this article is amazing,
nice written and come with almost all vital infos. I would like to see more posts like this .
Admiring the dedication you put into your site and detailed
information you offer. It's nice to come across a blog
every once in a while that isn't the same old rehashed material.
Wonderful read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds
to my Google account.
Just a few posts from Jon himself have more!
Very good blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring
writers? I'm hoping to start my own website soon but I'm a little lost on everything.
Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so
many options out there that I'm completely overwhelmed ..
Any suggestions? Thanks!
I have been browsing online more than three hours these days,
but I by no means found any fascinating article like yours.
It is beautiful value sufficient for me. In my view,
if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did,
the net shall be a lot more useful than ever before.
Do you have any video of that? I'd want to find out more details.
I needed to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely
enjoyed every little bit of it. I have you saved as a
favorite to check out new stuff you post...
Hurrah, that's what I was searching for, what a material!
present here at this web site, thanks admin of this web page.
constantly i used to read smaller posts that as well clear their
motive, and that is also happening with this paragraph which I am reading here.
I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I'm not sure whether this post
is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble.
You are wonderful! Thanks!
Also visit my web-site :: romance books online (Lloyd)
Right now it appears like Drupal is the top blogging platform out there
right now. (from what I've read) Is that what you are using on your
Thanks for every other informative web site. Where else could I get that type
of info written in such an ideal manner? I have a venture that I am just now operating on, and
I've been at the glance out for such info.
An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he the truth is bought me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If potential, as you turn into experience, would you thoughts updating your weblog with extra details? It is extremely useful for me. Huge thumb up for this blog submit!
you are in reality a excellent webmaster. The web site loading speed is amazing.
It seems that you're doing any unique trick. Moreover,
The contents are masterwork. you've done a excellent process on this matter!
Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative.
I am gonna watch out for brussels. I'll appreciate if you continue
this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing.
Keanu Reeves is again as the legendary hit man John Wick on this sequel
that finds him preventing for his life on the streets of NYC.
Right now it seems like BlogEngine is the best
blogging platform out there right now. (from what I've read) Is that what you are using on your
It's an amazing post for all the web visitors; they will get benefit from
it I am sure.
When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked
the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment.
Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove me from that service?
This article is really a pleasant one it assists new internet viewers, who are
wishing for blogging.
whoah this weblog is magnificent i love reading your articles.
Keep up the good work! You realize, lots of people are looking around for this information, you can help them greatly.
Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to
my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed the shell to
her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her
ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!
I know this web site provides quality depending content and
extra data, is there any other site which provides these data in quality?
What's Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I've found It
positively helpful and it has helped me out loads.
I hope to give a contribution & assist different users like its aided me.
Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.I
will make certain to bookmark your blog and will eventually come
back from now on. I want to encourage continue your great
posts, have a nice evening!
My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using Movable-type on several websites
for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform.
I have heard very good things about blogengine.net.
Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts
into it? Any help would be really appreciated!
I every time used to read paragraph in news papers but now as I am a user of internet therefore from now
I am using net for articles or reviews, thanks to web.
Do you have a spam issue on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was
curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice
procedures and we are looking to swap methods with other folks, please shoot me
an email if interested.
What's up, after reading this awesome article i am also delighted to share my experience here with mates.
I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This post posted
at this web page is really fastidious.
I've been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as
you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.
Great article, exactly what I was looking for.
Its not my novice to pay a visit this website, i am visiting this web site dailly
and take good information from here each day.
Feel free to surf to my blog: JulioZMasudi
Hi it's me, I am also visiting this web site regularly, this web site is really nice and the
users are truly sharing good thoughts.
5w2nx 7j8fx u8p2
6rrgd ueh5o 0zn2
Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article. I
like to write a little comment to support you.
My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different web address and thought I should check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to looking over your web page again.|
whoah this blog is magnificent i like reading your articles.
Keep up the great work! You already know, lots of individuals
are hunting around for this info, you can help them greatly.
The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole
my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop,
just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!
It's hard to come by educated people on this subject, however, you sound like
you know what you're talking about! Thanks
Right here is the right website for anyone who would like
to understand this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost
hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject which has
been discussed for years. Wonderful stuff, just great!
Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.
When some one searches for his vital thing, so he/she desires
to be available that in detail, thus that thing is maintained over here.