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Parkinson's disease has 'subtle ethnic differences'

Parkinson's disease has 'subtle ethnic differences'
26th November 2009

New research from the Far East has discovered that subtle ethnic differences have been discovered in regards to the progression of Parkinson's disease.

The Kobe University project in Japan looked into the genes of 2,011 people with Parkinson's and a further 18,381 others without the neurodegenerative disorder, concluding that a range of genes have been found to be more prevalent in European or Japanese ancestries.

Dr Kieran Breen, the director of research and development at the Parkinson's Disease Society, said the research is "fascinating".

He continued: "It's fantastic to see international collaboration between research teams leading to new insights into genetics.

"Understanding the role of inherited genes in Parkinson's will help us to develop treatments that may delay, or even prevent, the development of the condition."

Earlier this week, the Daily Telegraph reported on how researchers in Scotland discovered that around five per cent of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease may have been wrongly classed as affected by the condition, showing little more than hand tremors or stiffness.

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