Severe flu doubles risk of Parkinson’s disease

23 July 2012

Dr. M. Anne Harris (2007 Trainee) and colleagues recently published evidence that severe flu doubles a person’s chance of developing Parkinson’s disease.

The study, which examined 403 Parkinson’s patients and 405 healthy individuals, also found that individuals who had previously experienced red measles were 35 per cent less likely to develop Parkinson’s. Harris’ team is also examining the possible impact of occupational exposure to vibrations on a person’s risk for Parkinson’s.