New research by Canadian Scientists looking into Sleep Behaviour disorder, which can include violent movement, have discovered what they would suggest to be a link to Parkinson’s Disease.
The study was carried out on 93 people aged 65 years old, or there about who have this sleep disorder.
The study over a five year period discovered that 14 individuals developed Parkinson’s Disease and 12 others went on to develop some form of dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society commented that they hoped the research would help doctors to diagnose the condition earlier.
Although Parkinson’s Disease only occurs in adults it has been known to affect those individuals under 30 years of age however, this would be very rare indeed.
The disease here in the UK is thought to affect 2 out of a total of 1,000 individuals. Having said that the disease is not contagious and it is not required by any form of law to be reported. So this figure is an educated guess as the true statistics is not known.
Because of the lack of a diagnostic test the disease has to be made clinically.
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