Expert-Based Clinical Guidelines Focus on Behavioral Symptoms in Huntington’s Disease

Clinicians treating patients with HD are often not trained to recognize or treat neuropsychiatric symptoms of the disease, according to new guidelines published in JHD

January 30, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – Although Huntington’s disease (HD) is traditionally thought of as a neurological disorder, behavioral symptoms are a common feature and frequently cause distress and difficulty to patients, family members, and other caregivers. Since an estimated 70% of US patients with HD do not seek specialist care, they are often treated by general practitioners, general neurologists, and psychiatrists, many of whom may not be trained to recognize or treat HD-related behavioral symptoms. More...

January 30, 2019

Emerging Evidence of an Impending Parkinson’s Disease Pandemic Identified

Experts discuss reasons for the increasing number of patients with Parkinson’s disease and the challenges that need to be overcome to prevent and slow down a pandemic, in an open access special issue of JPD

January 29, 2019 - Amsterdam, NL – For most of human history Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been a rare disorder. However, demography and the by-products of industrialization are now contributing to an impending Parkinson’s pandemic, according to experts writing in a supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. They say that this pandemic can be addressed by the Parkinson’s community forming a "PACT" to prevent the disease, advocate for policies and resources aimed at slowing its spread, care for all those affected, and treat with effective and novel therapies. More...

January 29, 2019

In Life and Death, Alzheimer’s Disease Looks Different among Hispanic Patients

January 28, 2019 - San Diego, CA, USA – Researchers at Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), part of University of California San Diego School of Medicine, report that autopsies of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) when they were alive – and confirmed by autopsy – indicate many cognitive issues symptomatic of the condition are less noticeable in living Hispanic patients. More...

January 28, 2019

Psychological Distress is a Risk Factor for Dementia: Results from a Danish Population-Based Study

January 17, 2019 - Copenhagen, Denmark – A new study suggests that vital exhaustion – which can be perceived as an indicator of psychological distress – is a risk factor for future risk of dementia. Researchers from the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen have, in collaboration with the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, and the Danish Dementia Research Centre, shown that being distressed in late midlife is associated with a higher risk of dementia in later life. More...

January 17, 2019