Parkinson’s disease itself does not increase the risk of impulse control problems such as compulsive gambling and shopping that have been seen in people taking certain drugs for Parkinson’s disease, according to new research published in the January 8, 2013, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
"We’ve known for some time that these behaviors are more common in people taking certain Parkinson’s medications, but we haven’t known if the disease itself leads to an increased risk of these behaviors," said study author Daniel Weintraub, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
The study involved 168 people who had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had not yet taken any medications for the disease. They were compared to 143 people of similar ages who did not have the disease.
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