Parkinson's Diseases Specialist Redford MI

In the more likely scenario, having only one copy of the mutation increases the risk of the disease, but the disease will only express itself in the presence of other genetic or environmental factors.

Andrew L Marcus MD
(313) 730-9100
3815 Pelham St
Dearborn, MI
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Neurology

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Hermann Darwin Banks, MD
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1994

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Veronica Sosa, MD
(313) 916-2600
Southfield, MI
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mi
Group Practice: Henry Ford Medical Center Pierson; Henry Ford Medical Group

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Chandrakant DeSai
(248) 353-9817
27177 Lahser Rd
Southfield, MI
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Neurology

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William Michael Leuchter
(248) 208-8787
26400 W 12 Mile Rd
Southfield, MI
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Neurology

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Kevin R Lee MD
(248) 926-4292
136 S Pontiac Trl
Walled Lake, MI
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Neurology

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Mark Goldberger
(248) 784-3708
29275 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Brian Nolan Kirschner
(248) 355-3875
26400 W 12 Mile Rd
Southfield, MI
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Neurology

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Lucius C Tripp, MD
(248) 351-7890
29201 Telegraph Rd Ste 420
Southfield, MI
Specialties
Preventive Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: William Beaumont Hospital -Ro, Royal Oak, Mi; St John Hosp And Med Ctr, Detroit, Mi

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Arturo Fernando Paz-Esquerre
(734) 591-9040
15406 Levan Rd
Livonia, MI
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Neurosurgery

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Another Genetic Risk for Parkinson's

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By Kathryn Ayers

A number of small studies have suggested that a mutation in the gene that produces the protein alpha-synuclein (SNCA) may play a role in the onset of the degenerative neurological condition known as Parkinson’s disease. Now a large multi-nation study confirms that the mutation can increase the risk of Parkinson’s by 50 percent. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic sifted data on some 2,700 Parkinson’s patients and an equal number of age- and sex-matched healthy individuals and determined that “the SNCA gene is not only a rare cause of autosomal dominant Parkinson’s disease in some families, but also a susceptibility gene for Parkinson’s disease at the population level.” People who have the misfortune of inheriting copies of the gene mutation from both parents—a rare occurrence—will contract Parkinson’s. In the more likely scenario, having only one copy of the mutation increases the risk of the disease, but the disease will only express itself in the presence of other genetic or environmental factors. The researchers estimate that the SNCA gene accounts for roughly 3 percent of all Parkinson’s cases—about the same, they say, “as the population effect of other common variants implicated in Parkinson’s disease.”

Author: Kathryn Ayers

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