FEATURED SEARCH: impulse control disorders
Compulsive gambling occurs with a "high prevalence" among patients with Parkinson's disease, according to a review of five studies from North America. It occurs in nearly 6% of patients, most frequently those who had onset of Parkinson's at an early age and a history of risk-seeking behavior.
RESULT: The prevalence and clinical characteristics of pathological gambling in patients with Parkinson's disease: an evidence based review
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry | Aug 1, 2011 (Free abstract. Full text $30)
A recent multicenter study from the UK has documented in detail this catch-22 about impulse control disorders (ICDs) and Parkinson's, which can arise as an adverse effect of drugs administered to avoid the motor effects of levodopa(Drug information on levodopa). However seriously it may trouble the patient's doctors and family members, it found, the problem is also distressing to those who experience the ICDs.
RESULT: Impulse control disorders in Parkinson disease: a multicenter case--control study
Annals of Neurology (PubMed) | Jun 1, 2011 (Free abstract. Full text $35)