Navigation Links
Family History of Melanoma Doubles Parkinson's Risk
Date:2/16/2009

Linkage between the two might be genetic, researchers say

MONDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) -- People with a family history of melanoma are twice as likely to develop Parkinson's disease, a new study finds.

While the reasons for this association are not clear, other studies have shown that people with Parkinson's diseases are at greater risk for developing melanoma.

"For people with a family member with melanoma, they may be at risk for Parkinson's disease," said lead researcher Dr. Xiang Gao, an instructor in medicine at Harvard University School of Public Health. "This study suggests that some genetic components for melanoma are associated with Parkinson's disease."

Earlier studies had found that Parkinson's patients taking levodopa, a common treatment for the condition, were more susceptible to melanoma, Gao said. "They thought that levodopa increased the risk of melanoma," he explained.

But later reports found that people with melanoma were at high risk of developing Parkinson's disease, Gao said. "This suggests that it may not be the drugs, it could be something else, which is why I did this study," he said.

The finding was released Monday and was also expected be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, April 25 to May 2, in Seattle.

For the study, Gao's team collected data on almost 157,000 men and women who did not have Parkinson's disease. These individuals participated in the Health Professional Follow-up Study and the Nurses Health Study.

During 14 years of follow-up, 616 people developed Parkinson's disease. Among those people who also reported a family history of melanoma, the risk for developing Parkinson's disease was doubled, the researchers found.

After adjusting for other factors such as colorectal, lung, prostate or breast cancer as well as age, smoking or caffeine consumption, only the association between melanoma and Parkinson's disease was significant, the researchers reported.

Dr. Roberto Zanetti, director of the Piedmont Cancer Registry in Torino, Italy, and an expert in the connection between Parkinson's and melanoma, doesn't think this study adds much to what has already been reported.

"It seems to add a piece of evidence to the question of the association between Parkinson's disease and melanoma," Zanetti said. "The abstract does not add much about the mechanisms. And, in terms of interpretation, it does not seems to add much to what we have discussed in The Lancet two years ago," he said.

More information

For more about Parkinson's disease, visit the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.



SOURCES: Xiang Gao, M.D., Ph.D., instructor, medicine, Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston; Roberto Zanetti, M.D., Ph.D., director, Piedmont Cancer Registry, Torino, Italy; April 25-May 2, 2009, presentation, American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, Seattle


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
2. Work-Family Conflict Dogs Air Force Women After Deployment
3. Isolation of a new gene family essential for early development
4. Lake Elsinore Family Caregiver Receives Free Power Wheelchair From The SCOOTER Store
5. Family-based treatment more effective than supportive psychotherapy in treating bulimia
6. R. P. Simmons Family Foundation Pledges $2 Million for New Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Campus
7. BlueCare(R) Family Plan, a HUSKY Health Plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, Raises Awareness, Funds and Diapers for New Haven Diaper Bank
8. Regional Center of Orange County Expands Family Support Resources to Meet Growing Needs
9. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Pushes for Pre-K Expansion in Georgia
10. Family History Has Strong Effect on Cardiac Risk
11. Childs Flu Shot Helps Whole Family
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Family History of Melanoma Doubles Parkinson's Risk
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... Sober College, the game-changing ... grand opening of the Sober College Robert Pfeifer Memorial Learning Center at its ... and was attended by an overwhelming amount of alumni, family, colleagues and friends ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... Mediaplanet today announces distribution of the latest edition ... to sign up as an organ donor for the 123,000 people in the United ... donor can save up to 8 saves through organ donation and enhance many others ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... MEDI+SIGN®, a ... today that a new solution for Emergency Departments (ED) has been added to ... in Emergency Department examination rooms, and with a simplified pallet of information available ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 ... ... concussion education program through the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) during the summer of ... Brain Injury Implementation Grant provided by the United States Department of Health and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Florida ... Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the leading authority in hyperbaric medicine. This ... Only a few hospitals and facilities have earned this distinction. This is the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... DUBLIN , Dec 9, 2016 ... "High-Throughput Screening Market - Forecast to 2021" report to ... ... adoption of open innovative models in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology ... spending and rising government funding. Emerging markets and growing research ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... , Dec 9, 2016 Research and Markets ... 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... The global travel vaccines market to grow ... The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of ... size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... LONDON , Dec. 8, 2016 Australia ... GlobalData,s new report, "Australia Ophthalmic Lasers Market Outlook to ... Lasers market. The report provides value, in millions of ... within market segements - Excimer Lasers, Femtosecond Lasers and ... and distribution shares data for each of these market ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: