Parkinson’s disease rates are reportedly on the rise among American men. One study points to a shocking reason for the alleged increase – and it might have cigarette companies leaping for joy. According to a report by Health Day, a team headed by the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Walter Rocca examined health data from people in Olmsted County, Minn.
“The research showed that rates of Parkinson’s disease nearly doubled for men between 1996 and 2005, and the increase was steepest for men aged 70 and older. Rates of a related condition called ‘parkinsonism’ among men also rose sharply between 1996 and 2005.”