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By lurkingforacure On 2009.08.14 12:07
This article seems to tie a lot together. We all know flu, colds, any infection, makes PD symptoms much much worse. Who thought they might be a cause of PD?

Here's the link:

Of particular importance to me is the following from the article:

"Hard evidence of such a link has been hard to find, however. So Richard Smeyne of the St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, sprayed a solution containing a highly pathogenic subtype of H5N1 avian flu into the noses of 225 mice. The team found that the virus infected nerves in the gut, then entered the brain stem and finally reached the brain. In the brain, it led to chronic activation of the immune system, even long after the viral infection had been cleared.

This immune system activity later led to protein aggregation and neuron loss in the brain, and to symptoms like tremor and loss of coordination the hallmarks of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's."

The above is a great website for information, FYI. IF you read the comments to this article, you'll see that there are some very well-known names in the PD field involved on this website.

By annwood On 2009.08.14 14:32
There was a large study done in the 70's that demonstrated an increased incidence of PD in individuals who had been infected by the last pandemic flu in 1917.

By LOHENGR1N On 2009.08.15 00:48
Yes Ann, that pandemic and some resulting conditions lead to the book and movie awakenings. Reading the link to this research it seems that not only the pharmaceutical company's are combining "old" or established medicines to "create" (read here, protected from generic copies) copyrighted "new" medications. But researchers are now getting into the act going over already established data to grab funding and advertising or passing off this as new discovery!?!? Sorry, I'm in a sour mood been a rough couple of days here. Take care, best of luck and hang in there.

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