Washington: Severe influenza increases by two fold the odds that a person will develop Parkinson`s disease later in life, according to University of British Columbia researchers.However, the opposite is true for people who contracted a typical case of red measles as children – they are 35 per cent less likely to develop Parkinson`s, a nervous system disorder marked by slowness of movement, shaking, stiffness, and in the later stages, loss of balance.The findings by researchers at UBC`s School of Population and Public Health and the Pacific Parkinson`s Research Centre are based on interviews with 403 Parkinson`s patients and 405 healthy people in British Columbia, Canada.Lead author Anne Harris also examined whether occupational exposure to vibrations – such as operating construction equipment – had any effect on the risk of Parkinson`s.In another study, she and her collaborators reported that occupational exposure actually decreased the risk of developing the disease by 33 percent, compared to people whose jobs involved no exposure.
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