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23rd June 2012 - New research

SLEEP BENEFIT EXPERIENCED IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Journal of Parkinson's Disease  [2012] DOI 10.3233/JPD-2012-12087 (Merrel van Gilst, Maartje Louter, Christian Baumann, Bastiaan Bloem, Sebastiaan Overeem) Complete study

A new study has confirmed that sleep improves the symptoms of nearly half (47%) of people with Parkinson's Disease. Typically their motor functioning seems to be better in the morning just after they have woken up.  There did not seem to be a difference in the quality of rest experienced by people who experienced the sleep benefit and those who did not. About a third of the study participants experienced a sleep benefit even after taking a nap. Researchers came up with several possible reasons for the finding, though they noted that they do not know the exact mechanism. When somebody lacks sleep they produce melatonin. Melatonin reduces the levels of dopamine, the substance whose deficiency causes Parkinson's Disease. For a printable version of this article click here.
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Parkinson's Disease News details all significant new research, news reports, new books, and new resources concerning Parkinson's Disease and those medical disorders that often coincide with Parkinson's Disease. It is compiled from an analysis of  all newly published research, news reports, new clinical trials, all newly published books, and new web sites. A summary and analysis of the new research are provided,  as well as links to the complete abstracts and news reports

                                    

 

 
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