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"Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive brain illness that affects up to 1 million people in the United States and can cause tremor at rest, stiffness, slowness of movement, and a shuffling gait. Current research suggests that PD may be caused by a combination of genes and environmental exposures. Inheriting a gene or genes may increase susceptibility to developing the illness, plus exposure to some toxin or toxins may damage brain cells. This study out of Grand Rapids, Mich., adds to the idea that environmental exposures contribute to the development of PD, since previous removal of the appendix, a part of the digestive system, resulted in reduced development of PD in a rural population. Although not the whole answer, perhaps something in a rural diet is part of the problem in PD."

BURTON SCOTT, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Duke University Medical Center

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Title Annotation:THE VIEW FROM DUKE
Author:Scott, Burton
Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Date:Mar 1, 2019
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