Depression Raises Parkinson's Risk
People with depression are at higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, concludes a new study at the Umea University in Sweden. Parkinson’s, a progressive nervous system disorder, can cause problems with movements, speaking, writing, as well as cognitive and neurobehavioral problems. Tremors are one of the more common symptoms.
The researchers analyzed a large group of Swedish citizens over the course of 26 years. A total of 1,485 people with depression (1.1%) developed Parkinson’s disease during this time, compared with 1,775 of those who did not have depression (0.4%). In general, it took 4.5 years after the start of the study for Parkinson’s disease to be diagnosed. People with depression were 3.2 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s than those without depression within a year of the study and after 15 to 25 years they found that people with depression were nearly 50 percent more likely to develop the disease.
Researchers explain their findings by stating that this link could be caused by several factors, including that treatment for depression could increase the risk of Parkinson’s, depression could be an early symptom of Parkinson’s, or depression and Parkinson’s could be caused by similar factors.
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Sourced from: Medical News Today, Parkinson’s disease more likely in people with depression, study suggests
Published On: May 21st 2015
Most Americans Still Don't Use Sunscreen
If you don’t regularly wear sunscreen, you are are clearly not alone. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). only about one-third of Americans use sunscreen on a regular basis.
Among other findings in the report:
18 percent of men and 43 percent of women use sunscreen on the face always or most of the time when outside on a sunny day for more than an hour
20 percent of men and 34 percent of women apply sunscreen for other areas of exposed skin for same weather conditions
36 percent of Hispanic women and 15 percent of non-Hispanic black women used sunscreen on the face, while 16 percent of Hispanic men and 4 percent of non-Hispanic black men used sunscreen on the face
71 percent of women and 30 percent of men used sunscreen if they had skin cancer in the previous year
SPF 15 to 49 was used by 50 to 60 percent of sunscreen users, and more than 10 percent did not know the SPF of their product
-Nearly 40 percent did not know if their product provided broad-spectrum protection (blocking against UVA rays that age skin, and UVB rays that burn skin)
Researchers at the government agency hypothesized that the greasy feeling of sunscreen, the mild stinging in the eyes if one sweats, and the cost may be barriers to regular sunscreen use.
Sourced from: Reuters, Most Americans still don’t use sunscreen
Published On: May 21st 2015