January 9, 2013

Don’t Blame Parkinson’s Disease for Addiction: Study

By Logan Lafferty

Despite concerns that Parkinson's patients were more likely to become compulsive gamblers or shoppers, a new study says untreated patients don't have any more addictions than people without the disease…"This study seems to support that fact it's related to the medication," said Dr. Anhar Hassan, who was not involved with the new study but researches movement disorders. According to Hassan, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the link between the Parkinson's drugs and the addictions was first discovered between 2003 and 2004. Since then, she said, it's become a well-known side effect amongst Parkinson's patients.

Reuters by Andrew Seaman

Tags: addiction, Dr. Anhar Hassan, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Neurology, parkinson's disease, Research, Reuters, side effect

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