Presentation Title

Three Brothers Die Of Parkinson’s Disease At An Early Age: An Investigation Of Their Risk Factors

Presenter Information

Megan Beaudry

Mentor

David May

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 175

Abstract

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a devastating degenerative nerve condition that affects nearly one million Americans. Risk factors of the illness include certain chemical exposures, a history of head trauma, and genetic mutations that predispose PD. This project studies three brothers who died from PD at a young age. The study involves extensive interviews with first degree relatives to explore the existence of known risk factors of the disease. Interview topics included heredity, occupation, health history (head injury, diet, and exercise habits), place of residence, environmental chemical exposures, military service, and use of tobacco products. Data from the National Occupational Exposure Survey (conducted by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) were utilized to match the brothers’ occupations with potential chemical exposures known to be associated with PD. While common PD risks among the brothers were not found, potential individual risks were identified.

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Three Brothers Die Of Parkinson’s Disease At An Early Age: An Investigation Of Their Risk Factors

David F. Putnam Science Center - 175

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a devastating degenerative nerve condition that affects nearly one million Americans. Risk factors of the illness include certain chemical exposures, a history of head trauma, and genetic mutations that predispose PD. This project studies three brothers who died from PD at a young age. The study involves extensive interviews with first degree relatives to explore the existence of known risk factors of the disease. Interview topics included heredity, occupation, health history (head injury, diet, and exercise habits), place of residence, environmental chemical exposures, military service, and use of tobacco products. Data from the National Occupational Exposure Survey (conducted by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) were utilized to match the brothers’ occupations with potential chemical exposures known to be associated with PD. While common PD risks among the brothers were not found, potential individual risks were identified.