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Increased iron levels linked to Parkinson’s disease


BOLZANO, Italy, June 6 (UPI) — Increased iron levels may be causally associated with a decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, researchers in Italy say.

Irene Pichler of European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano, an independent research center in Italy and a group of international colleagues, investigated whether there was any evidence of an association between serum iron levels and the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

The researchers used a Mendelian randomization approach to investigate this link. The researchers estimated the effect of blood iron levels on the risk of Parkinson´s disease using three polymorphisms — when two or more clearly different traits exist in the same population of a species — in two genes, HFE and TMPRSS6.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/06/06/Increased-iron-levels-linked-to-Parkinsons-disease/UPI-36431370576765/#ixzz2Wg7WihfH

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