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Naturally-produced hormone 'could help fight against Parkinson's'

Naturally-produced hormone 'could help fight against Parkinson's'
4th March 2009

Oestrogen which is naturally produced by women could be a major help in their personal fight against Parkinson's disease, a new report shows.

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York found that women who had more years of fertility and continued to produce oestrogen before a later menopause are less likely to develop the condition.

It was concluded that women whose fertile lifespan was longer than 39 years had 25 per cent less chance of being afflicted by Parkinson's disease than those who went through the change at age 33 or below.

Lead author Rachel Saunders-Pullman said: "However, we also found that women who were taking hormone therapy did not have a lower risk for Parkinson's.

"Thus, our data does not support a role for treatment with exogenous hormones, that is, hormones that originate outside the body, to prevent Parkinson's."

Last week, it was announced by the Journal of the American Medical Association that 71 per cent of people receiving deep brain stimulation treatment saw noticeable improvements in symptoms of the condition.

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