Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Neurological diseases much more common than thought

Neurological disease common, survey finds Reuters/Yahoo!News 1/30/07 "Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and other neurological diseases may be far more common than most people had believed...Nearly one out of 1,000 Americans has multiple sclerosis or MS and one out of 100 elderly Americans has Parkinson's disease the survey found...Our estimate of MS prevalence is about 50 percent higher than a comprehensive review from 1982," said Dr. Deborah Hirtz of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, who led the survey...the rate of Alzheimer's disease was up substantially from past estimates, with 67 out of 1,000 Americans over the age of 65 affected...out of every 100,000 has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease...nearly six out of every 1,000 children has autism, and two out of every 1,000 children has cerebral palsy...out of every 100,000 Americans has a traumatic brain injury each year, 50 percent fewer than previous estimates...180 out of every 100,000 people suffer a stroke each year, and close to five out of every 100,000 have a new spinal cord injury each year..."

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