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Common Heart Meds Linked to Parkinson's Protection

by Rajshri on  January 25, 2010 at 8:58 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
 Common Heart Meds Linked to Parkinson's Protection
A new study says that a specific type of medication used to treat cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, angina and abnormal heart rhythms may also reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
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Dr. Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, in collaboration with researchers from the Danish Cancer Society, found that a specific sub-class of dihydropyridine cardiovascular medications was associated with a 26 to 30 percent decrease in the risk of Parkinson's.

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The study will be published in the journal Annals of Neurology.

Parkinson's disease is characterized by a loss of voluntary movement, the result of the death of neurons in an area of the brain known as the substantia nigra, which is involved in movement control.

Source: ANI
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