Parkinson’s Research Article Round Up - PMD Alliance

Go straight to the source to learn about what’s new in movement disorders. Medical journals are peer-reviewed scientific publications that health care professionals read to stay up to date with the latest research and information. More and more journals are offering their articles open source to the public for free, and a number of organizations and websites summarize journal articles for the public as well. We curated a handful of articles from a variety of sources to get you started- read more about hearing impairment, expressing emotion, exercise, and apathy.

Hearing Impairment: an under-recognized symptom of Parkinson disease 

Social well
being and cognitive acuity include being able to participate in conversations and respond to sounds in the environment.  

Several studies have also shown that hearing loss can contribute to cognitive decline in older adults. Now there’s a study that suggests that hearing impairment can also be a nonmotor symptom of PD. Regardless of the cause, individuals with movement disorders can benefit from having their hearing loss diagnosed and treated. 

To download the full text of this study, go to ResearchGate


Asymptomatic Hearing Impairment Frequently Occurs in Early-Onset Parkinson’s Disease


This study explores the auditory functions in younger patients with PD. 


To read this case-control study, go to the Journal of Movement Disorders

Reading faces and noticing vocal changes become more difficult when you have PD

Does it seem like your loved one with Parkinson’s is often clueless about how you’re feeling? Do they mistake or fail to notice facial or voice changes that express emotion? New research may have discovered a root source for the social challenges faced by Parkinson’s patients. The difficulty appears to come from an inability to recognize expressions of emotion in other people’s faces and voices. 

To read more, go to the NIH website

Exercise during the day, sleep better at night 

People who don’t have a movement disorder generally sleep better after being active during the day. Why wouldn’t people with movement disorders do the same? Read awardwinning research that explores the relationship between daily exercise and better sleep.  

For more information, go to Parkinson’s News Today

I don’t care. I don’t want to. Whatever. 

Apathy. It isn’t depression. It isn’t fatigue. It’s an overall disinterest in activities and in engaging with others. It frustrates care partners and can cause discord, especially when not understood as a nonmotor symptom of Parkinson disease. 

To learn more, go to the World Parkinson Congress Blog

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