targeted therapy already in use could benefit more patients

often having nightmares could be the first sign


More than 160,000 French people suffer from Parkinson’s disease, a condition characterized by the destruction of certain neurons in the brain and the accumulation of toxic masses for nerve cells. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in France after Alzheimer’s disease: every year, 25,000 new cases are diagnosed.

According to some scientific studies, signs could “predict” the occurrence of this disease. Thus, according to a recent study by the University of Birmingham (England), people who regularly have nightmares are at increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease with age.

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s that occurs in about 5 years

To reach this conclusion, British researchers followed a group of 3818 volunteers, American men aged 67 and over, for 12 years. At the end of this period, 91 cases of Parkinson’s were diagnosed.

Verdict? According to scientists (who have published their work in the journal eClinicalMedicine), men who have nightmares or “bad dreams” more than once a week have a 2 times higher risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s under 5 years.

The first symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include akinesia (that is, slowness of movement, abnormally slow gait, for example), (…)

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