AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Indicators of Parkinson's Disease Risk Found in Unexpected Places

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Clues that point toward new risk mechanisms for developing Parkinson’s disease are hiding in some unusual spots, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. Tiny changes in DNA that have been linked to Parkinson’s, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s, were found not only in brain cells, where they were expected, but also in liver, fat, immune and developmental cells. These findings may one day contribute to the development of preventative interventions before the disease’s effects become pronounced. To read more, click here.

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