China has 40 pct of Parkinson's cases

May 04, 2006

Of the world's 4 million patients who suffer from Parkinson's disease, nearly 1.7 million are in China, a survey by Chinese experts shows.

The survey, published in the latest issue of the medical journal Lancet, was conducted by Zhang Zhenxin, an expert at the Beijing Union Medical College Hospital, Xinhua reported Thursday.

Zhang found the incidence of Parkinson's disease to be 1.7 percent among Chinese men over 60 years of age, and 1.6 percent for women, compared to the world average of 1 percent.

Many patients questioned for the survey said they had never received treatment of any kind, the report said.

Pakinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system occurring most often after the age of 50 and characterized by muscular rigidity, tremors, and impaired motor control.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Researchers see hospitalization records as additional tool

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New registry to accelerate research on fragile X syndrome

Oct 06, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- As researchers delve further into the genetic basis for disease, they face a conundrum: finding enough affected people who can fill out a true picture of mutations that can vary from one person to another. ...

Recommended for you

Conceptual representation in the brain: Towards mind-reading

2 hours ago

Your measured brain signals can reveal whether you are thinking about an animal or a tool. That's what neuroscientist Irina Simanova discovered during her PhD at Radboud University, where she investigated the conceptual representation ...

Bionic ankle 'emulates nature'

2 hours ago

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs.

Smoking's toll on mentally ill analyzed

2 hours ago

Those in the United States with a mental illness diagnosis are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and smoke more heavily, and are less likely to quit smoking than those without mental illness, regardless ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Bionic ankle 'emulates nature'

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs.

Cosmologists weigh cosmic filaments and voids

(Phys.org) —Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can't be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational ...