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28th July 2011 - News release

METHAMPHETAMINES AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE

People who abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine-like stimulants have been found to be more likely to develop Parkinsonís Disease. The researchers examined almost 300,000 hospital records from California covering 16 years. Patients admitted to hospital for methamphetamine or amphetamine-use disorders had a 76% higher risk of developing Parkinsonís Disease compared to those with no diagnosis. For more information go to the News release. Globally, methamphetamine and similar stimulants are the second most commonly used class of illicit drugs. For more information concerning methamphetamines click here.

It is claimed that the increased likelihood is due to the ability of methamphetamines to cause Parkinson's Disease, but no evidence has been provided of this. A previous study did not prove that methamphetamines had a clearly negative effect on dopamine. For more information go to the Complete abstract. In Parkinson's Disease, dopamine levels are low. This can not only cause the muscular symptoms characteristic of Parkinson's Disease, but can also incline somebody towards depression. So rather than methamphetamines causing Parkinson's Disease, the depression that can precede and be associated with Parkinson's Disease could make somebody more inclined to take  methamphetamines. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.

 

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Parkinson's Disease News details all significant new research, news reports, new books, and new resources concerning Parkinson's Disease and those medical disorders that often coincide with Parkinson's Disease. It is compiled from an analysis of  all newly published research, news reports, new clinical trials, all newly published books, and new web sites. A summary and analysis of the new research are provided,  as well as links to the complete abstracts and news reports

                                    

 

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