Gordon Research Conference On Parkinson’s

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I’m over in Maine this week, attending the Gordon Research Conference on Parkinson’s at the Sunday River resort up in the Northern Appalachian mountains. Already a fascinating meeting, and it has only just begun.

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PLoS Medicine article online

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Just out in PLoS Medicine, a study from Alastair Noyce on the interplay between body mass index (BMI) and risk for Parkinson’s disease. This uses a genetic technique called Mendelian randomisation to test whether there is a causal link between two areas of biology. Fascinatingly Alastair’s results suggests that increased BMI is associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s, although what underlies this link isn’t clear and there are significant health implications of raised BMI beyond PD. A very thought provoking piece indeed.

Read all about it at:

http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002314