Parkinson’s disease: Where you live could determine risk of developing the condition

There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease but increasing evidence suggests certain factors may influence your risk of developing it.

Research is increasingly drawing to link to environment factors, for example, and a new study published in the journal Environmental Health, has made an important contribution to this area.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia conducted an analysis of 678,000 adults in Metro Vancouver and found that living less than 50 metres from a major road or less than 150 metres from a motorway is associated with higher risk of developing Parkinson’s and other associated neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and MS.

Strengthening the link, the researchers also found that living near green spaces, like parks, has protective effects against developing these neurological disorders.

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