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Genetic risk factor identified for Parkinson's disease
Date:1/15/2010

rse of the disease sensory symptoms like paresthesia, vegetative disorders (e.g. bladder dysfunction) and depression as well as other psychological changes can occur.

"Our study elucidates how genetic and environmental factors such as dietary habits interact in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease," explained Dr. Matthias Elstner of the Neurological Clinic of LMU and Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen, who is lead author of the study. Dr. Holger Prokisch, head of the research team studying mitochondrial diseases at Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen and TU Mnchen, added: "Although this variant is responsible for only a slight contribution to the overall risk for Parkinson's disease, our findings could aid in developing individualized therapies. "


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Contact: Sven Winkler
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49-893-187-3946
Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health
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