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Allergies linked to Parkinson’s disease

Millions of people who suffer from chronic allergies to pets, dust and spores are up to three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease later in life, research suggests. A study by US scientists has shown that sufferers of allergic rhinitis, a condition that causes symptoms of having a “permanent cold”, appear to be at much greater risk of the degenerative neurological condition. The research, which explored possible links between conditions that cause inflammation and the breakdown of brain cells, found a marked increase in cell death in rhinitis sufferers. Hay fever showed the beginnings of a similar trend in the study but did not reach statistical significance, the scientists, based at the Mayo Clinic, said. The full paper was published in the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology, Neurology. (The Times)

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