FALLS: Link to Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease diagnosis may be preceded by increased risk of injury-causing falls, according to research by Peter Nordström and colleagues at Umeå University, Sweden.

They found that patients with Parkinson’s disease were more likely to have had a hip fracture or injurious fall in the years preceding their diagnosis than controls without the disease and individuals who suffered injurious falls were more likely than controls with no fall-related injuries to be diagnosed with PD in the following years.

The authors say: “These findings suggest that clinically relevant neurodegenerative impairment could be present many years before the clinical onset of the disease.”

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