News of World Medicine

Influenza may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Health Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, study the risk of Parkinson's disease due to seasonal infection. A large study has found that the risk of Parkinson's disease increases: - 90% for the diagnosis established 15 years after influenza infection; - more than 70% for the diagnosis established 10 years after influenza infection. This research is not conclusive, but it suggests potential long-term influenza effects. The researchers also believe that such a period of time (10-15 years) is a long preparation of the body for a neurological disorder, and is considered as a preclinical / prodromal phase. The scientists have used the data of 10,271 patients with Parkinson’s disease established over a 17-year period, and compared with those from the control group (51,355 people) Source: Medscape