Protection against Parkinson disease could be an added benefit of statins

An added benefit from statin use appears to be a slightly lower risk of Parkinson disease (PD), according to an analysis of 2 large prospective cohorts.

Key Point: Statin use may offer moderate protection against the development of Parkinson disease, but further studies are needed to confirm this association.

The new data add to the body of conflicting information about the association between statin use and PD. In a recent review, 2 of 5 prospective studies examined found a significant association between statin use and a lower risk of PD (Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2009;8:261-217), noted the authors, from Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

A recent longitudinal study conducted in Kolkata, India, found a prevalence rate of...

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