Study links anxiety, pessimism to Parkinson's disease

04/18/2005 | Medscape (free registration)

A study of nearly 5,000 men and women shows that patients with anxiety and high levels of pessimism are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism. Researchers theorize anxiety and pessimism could be risk factors for Parkinson's, or they could share a common, as yet unidentified risk factor, such as a gene.

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