Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Physicians, Others Face Greater Risk of Developing Parkinson's

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Physicians, Others Face Greater Risk of Developing Parkinson's

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Physicians and individuals with 9 or more years of education are at an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study by Dr. Roberta Frigerio of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and her colleagues.

Individuals such as construction and extractive workers, production workers, production workers, and engineers who have more physically demanding jobs are at a reduced risk for the disease, the researchers found (Neurology 2005;65:1575-83).

The researchers examined the education levels and occupations of 202 individuals in Olmsted County, Minn., who developed Parkinson's disease from 1976 through 1995. Each case was matched by age and sex to a general population control who was free of Parkinson's disease and living in the same county. Of those individuals, they were able to obtain medical records for 196 cases and 196 controls. In addition, they obtained data from telephone interviews available for 149 cases and 129 controls. But the findings should not be a cause for alarm among physicians or those with higher levels of education, Dr. …

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