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Monday February 10, 2020
Long-Distance Skiers May Have 'Motor Reserve'
that can Delay Onset of Parkinson's
Medical Xpress
To better understand the relationship between physical activity and Parkinson's, investigators in Sweden analyzed medical records of nearly 200,000 long-distance skiers who took part in the Vasaloppet cross-country ski race.
They established that a physically active lifestyle is associated with close to a 30% reduced risk for Parkinson's, which might be explained by a motor reserve among the physically active, however, this dissipates as individuals age. Their results are published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease (JPD).
Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life,
Symptom Burden of People With Parkinson's
The American Journal of Managed Care
Compared with standard care, people with Parkinson's and related disorders (PDRD) who received palliative care (PC) exhibited improved quality of life (QOL) and better symptom burden at 6 months after intervention, according to study findings published yesterday in JAMA Neurology.
Simple Blood Test Could Help Predict Progression of Parkinson's
Medical Xpress
A novel study published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease suggests that a blood test for inflammatory and cell senescence biomarkers may be a reliable predictor of cognitive decline, including identifying those who will develop an early dementia and motor progression in those with Parkinson's.