24th June 2009 - New research


European Journal of Neurology [2009] Jun 15 [Epub ahead of print] (Mylne AQ, Griffiths C, Rooney C, Doyle P.) Complete abstract

A study carried out in Britain has shown that mortality rates in Parkinson's Disease are declining. Mortality rates were assessed by checking for any mention of Parkinson's Disease on death certificates. The mortality rates amongst men with Parkinson's Disease decreased by over 20%. The mortality rates amongst women with Parkinson's Disease also decreased by over 20%. Even greater reductions in mortality rates were found in older people with Parkinson's Disease. The researchers are unable to ascertain whether the decrease of Parkinson's Disease recorded on death certificates is because of a reduction in the incidence of Parkinson's Disease, improved survival due to advancements in Parkinson's Disease treatments, or to improvements in general medical care. Research earlier this year showed that claims of death being much more likely in Parkinson's Disease are greatly exaggerated. For more information click here. After 10 years of Parkinson's Disease, the death rate actually remained lower than for people without Parkinson's Disease. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.


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