HealthDay (10/20, Munez) reports, “Weight loss soon after a person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease may be a sign that mental declines are likely to follow,” investigators concluded after studying “358 people who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s about two years earlier, but were not yet taking medications for the disorder,” then comparing those people “to 174 people without Parkinson’s.” The study revealed that “participants with Parkinson’s disease who lost weight saw their thinking skills decline faster overall compared to those with the disease who maintained their weight,” while “people with Parkinson’s who gained weight had a slower decline in their scores on a test of mental processing speed.” The findings were published online in the journal Neurology.  (SOURCE: APA Headlines)