Researchers Identify Gene Mutations Underlying Risk for Most Common Form of Parkinson's Disease – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder caused by the degeneration of nerve cells in the portion of the brain that controls movement. The likelihood of developing it increases with age and involves a combination of environmental and genetic risk factors. Dr. Andrew Singleton at the National Institute on Aging says about one million people in North America have the disease.
Dr. Singleton: But of course, given that the population is aging, weíre all aging a bit more successfully and everybodyís living a little bit longer, there will be more people affected with Parkinsonís Disease over the next 10 or 20 years.
Narrator: For more information on age-related disorders like Parkinsonís disease, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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