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Parkinson’s disease diagnosis is preceded by increased risk of falls, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i695 (Published 05 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i695
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

People with Parkinson’s disease have a higher risk of falls that cause injury or hip fracture for many years before their condition is diagnosed, a study shows.1 Reporting in PLOS Medicine, the authors’ findings indicated that clinically relevant neurodegenerative impairment occurs years before a diagnosis of Parkinson’s.

Researchers studied all 24 412 people who had Parkinson’s disease diagnosed in Sweden from 1988 to 2012 and who were listed on the national patient register. They matched …

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