PARKINSON'S DISEASE NEWS
3rd August 2010 - New research
THE EFFECT OF BLOWS TO THE HEAD ON PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Movement Disorders 
Jul 28 [Epub ahead of print] (Lolekha P, Phanthumchinda K, Bhidayasiri R.)
In order to assess the effect of blows to the head, this study determined the prevalence of Parkinson's Disease in retired Muay Thai boxers. Out of over 700 that responded, only 5 of them had Parkinson's Disease, which is not even 1% of boxers. So boxing, even in the extreme form found in Thailand, did not make Parkinson's Disease likely, nullifying the claim that boxing and blows to the head commonly cause Parkinson's Disease. Those Muay Thai boxers that had a large number of professional contests were found to be a bit more prone to developing Parkinson's Disease. So frequent blows to the head appear to cause an inclination to Parkinson's Disease rather than actually cause it. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.
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