Navigation Links
Sleep Disorder Linked to Neurodegenerative Conditions
Date:4/15/2008

Rapid eye movement disorder can involve anxiety, low attention levels and Parkinson's

TUESDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder -- a condition in which people act out often violent and disturbing dreams -- is associated with anxiety, apathy, lower levels of attention and executive functioning, and symptoms of Parkinson's disease, according to three new studies.

The acting out in people with REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) occurs because they don't experience the normal muscle paralysis in REM sleep, the stage of sleep when people dream. RBD occurs in about 0.5 percent of the population, most frequently in older males.

"Previous studies have shown that some patients with RBD subsequently develop dementia and/or parkinsonism, which typically reflects a neurodegenerative disorder such as Lewy body dementia or Parkinson's disease," Mayo neurologist and study author Dr. Bradley Boeve said in a prepared statement.

"Our knowledge on the RBD-neurodegenerative disease association is largely based on studies focused on single patients, or small groups of patients, with RBD. There are very few studies that have been carried out on RBD on a large scale. Plus, we currently aren't able to identify which patients with RBD will later develop other features of a neurodegenerative disease and which patients with RBD will not."

In an effort to learn more, Boeve and his colleagues studied 765 people, aged 70 to 89, including about 60 with probable RBD.

Of those with probable RBD, 21 percent had anxiety and 11.5 percent had apathy, compared with 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively, among those without the condition. The participants with probable RBD also had significantly lower scores on neuropsychological measures of attention and executive functioning, such as concentration, decision making, and higher order problem-solving. The researchers also found that 1.8 percent of participants had both RBD and parkinsonism.

The study was expected to be presented Tuesday at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in Chicago.

"There is currently no treatment to delay the onset or prevent dementia or parkinsonism in patients with RBD who are destined to develop these neurologic problems in the future," Boeve said. "Our ultimate goal is to use therapies that would delay the onset or prevent these problems from ever developing in patients who have a form of RBD that reflects an evolving neurodegenerative disease. However, much more research is needed to get to that point."

More information

We Move has more about Parkinson's disease.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, April 15, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. No difference in sleep of OSA patients studied in a hospital vs. a hotel-based sleep center
2. JCSM: A high frequency of sleep-related breathing disorders in hospitalized patients
3. Study sheds light on link between sleep disorder, behavior issues in kids
4. Sleep, baby, sleep: parents behavior has direct impact on children’s slumber
5. Too Little Sleep Leads to Too Much Weight for Kids
6. U of T research finds glycine could be key to REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
7. Dr. Tracy Rupp wins the National Sleep Foundation Young Investigator Award
8. Targeting aggressive breast cancers by putting them to sleep
9. Sleep Deprivation Helps Spot Sleepwalkers
10. Lack of Sleep Hurts Womens Hearts Most
11. Molecular biology of sleep apnea could lead to new treatments
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... 13, 2016 , ... Christie Medical Holdings, Inc. presented the ... VeinViewer® Vision vein finder for the nursing school simulation lab. This ... draw blood, combining technology with traditional technique. , “VeinViewer is a wonderful new ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... In the early or “honeymoon” stage of a ... go out of their way to be romantic, and may exaggerate a strength or ... any online dating profile. , A recent study from Queendom.com , however, ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... Vinci-assisted hernia surgeries are beginning to account for a significant portion of hernia repairs ... Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center notes that this trend has not ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... The law firm of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan & Bassett ... of these scholarships is to encourage applicants to pursue a degree in their field ... two parishes. , “We have available jobs in St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through ... over 250 members of South Florida’s philanthropic community at its 10th anniversary Fashion ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ARLZ ) ... will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell at the Nasdaq ... at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 16, ... Adrian Adams , will perform the honorary bell ... p.m. ET.  A live webcast will be available at: ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Maharashtra, February 12, 2016 ... research report titled Chronic Inflammation Global Clinical Trials ... snapshot of the global clinical trials landscape along ... trials by Region, Country (G7 & E7), Trial ... status and reviews top companies involved and enlists ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Laboratory glassware and plasticware include ... may range from microscope slides to large storage boxes ... borosilicate glass because of its low weight and resistance ... started gaining popularity over the past decade when it ... with plastic in several applications due to its resistance ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: