Depression common symptom in Parkinson’s patients

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Washington, Aug 16 (IANS) Hollywood actor Robin Williams, who hung himself at his home earlier this week, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Now, researchers have confirmed the suspicion that depression is a very common symptom in people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. In fact, depression is the most prevalent non-motor symptom of Parkinson’s – a chronic neurodegenerative disorder typically associated with movement dysfunction, according to a new study by Northwestern Medicine investigators in collaboration with the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF). To reach this conclusion, Danny Bega, an instructor in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology at Northwestern, analysed data from more than 7,000 patients with Parkinson’s disease followed over a one-year period.


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