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US researchers have discovered that having influenza increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease

US researchers have discovered that having influenza increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease

“We also looked at other infections,” said researcher Noel M. Kokoros. There are many specific infections, such as hepatitis C, that can also be linked to Parkinson’s disease. But we didn’t have enough numbers to analyze them.” However, she made an important comment: “This is not evidence of a causal relationship between influenza infection and Parkinson’s disease. Our study adds to the broader literature, and we should not exaggerate the findings.”

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According to her, this result may be an additional incentive to get a flu shot. “If there is a connection, the shot will reduce the risk. However, it is quite clear that Parkinson’s disease can be caused by many things. Influenza infection is one of many causes.”

Parkinson’s disease is a disease that originates in the brain. Symptoms range from shivering and stiffness to depression and freezing. Diagnosis can sometimes take years. live in the netherlands according to Parkinson’s Net About 50,000 people suffer from the disease. There are at least 10,000,000 worldwide.

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