14th International Congress
14th international congress

News Release

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Laur, +1 414-276-2145, elaur@movementdisorders.org
MDS Press Room: Rio de la Plata Room, 2nd Floor, Sheraton Buenos Aires
(Abstract: 757)

Sleep-Related Falling Out of Bed in Parkinson’s Disease
could be a Clinical Marker of REM sleep behavior disorder

BUENOS AIRES – A study connecting sleep-related falling out of bed (SFOB) with REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) among Parkinson’s disease patients was presented today at The Movement Disorder Society’s 14th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

This study, conducted by Carlos Singer and colleagues at the University of Miami Movement Disorder Clinic, showed that, in patients with PD, SFOB could in fact be a clinical marker of severe RBD and should prompt both a sleep study and pharmacologic treatment to avoid further injury.

In reference to these findings, Prof. Niall Quinn, of the University College London Institute of Neurology, states it “shows that sleep-related falling out of bed (SFOB) is relatively common in RBD and particularly in patients with more severe RBD, in patients with PD.” Furthermore, Quinn goes on to say that “This new study seems to have specifically gathered data on the item SFOB, and the results suggest it is a useful marker, particularly of more severe RBD.”

Meeting attendees are gathered to learn the latest research findings and state-of-the-art treatment options for Movement Disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease, tremor, gait and dystonia. More than 3,500 physicians and medical professionals from 70 countries will be able to view over 1,000 scientific abstracts submitted by clinicians from around the world.

The Movement Disorder Society, an international society of over 3,500 clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals from more than 90 countries, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. For more information about The Movement Disorder Society, visit www.movementdisorders.org.