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Parkinson's Disease in the Gulf Countries: An Updated Review.
Eur Neurol. 2015; 74(3-4):222-5.EN

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The Arabian Gulf region is a rapidly developing part of the world. With the increase in average life-expectancy, idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), is also expected to increase in prevalence. Furthermore, the high rate of consanguinity among Arabs probably makes familial cases of PD more likely to be encountered than other areas in the world. This review provides an update on the published literature on sporadic and familial PD in Gulf Arabs.

SUMMARY

Although the Arab population of this region shares religious beliefs and demographic characteristics with other Arabs, their environmental exposures and genetic makeup may be different. This could account for the relatively low prevalence of PD reported in the Al-Thugba study (27 per 100,000) compared with prevalence rates by most other studies on Arab (mainly North African) populations (31.4-557.4 per 100,000).

KEY MESSAGES

Gulf countries are considered rich countries, which makes conducting nation-wide or even international studies logistically easier than it is in many other countries. Such multinational research can be organized by the existing Gulf Cooperation Council, or through a collaboration of the Ministries of Health. This would, hopefully, culminate in the introduction of more research centers, as well as the implementation of better health care policies and practices for the ageing community.

Authors+Show Affiliations

New Zealand Brain Research Institute, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26613525

Citation

Alamri, Yassar, et al. "Parkinson's Disease in the Gulf Countries: an Updated Review." European Neurology, vol. 74, no. 3-4, 2015, pp. 222-5.
Alamri Y, MacAskill M, Anderson T, et al. Parkinson's Disease in the Gulf Countries: An Updated Review. Eur Neurol. 2015;74(3-4):222-5.
Alamri, Y., MacAskill, M., Anderson, T., & Benamer, H. (2015). Parkinson's Disease in the Gulf Countries: An Updated Review. European Neurology, 74(3-4), 222-5. https://doi.org/10.1159/000442283
Alamri Y, et al. Parkinson's Disease in the Gulf Countries: an Updated Review. Eur Neurol. 2015;74(3-4):222-5. PubMed PMID: 26613525.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Parkinson's Disease in the Gulf Countries: An Updated Review. AU - Alamri,Yassar, AU - MacAskill,Michael, AU - Anderson,Tim, AU - Benamer,Hani, Y1 - 2015/11/28/ PY - 2015/07/27/received PY - 2015/11/08/accepted PY - 2015/11/28/entrez PY - 2015/11/28/pubmed PY - 2016/7/19/medline SP - 222 EP - 5 JF - European neurology JO - Eur Neurol VL - 74 IS - 3-4 N2 - BACKGROUND: The Arabian Gulf region is a rapidly developing part of the world. With the increase in average life-expectancy, idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), is also expected to increase in prevalence. Furthermore, the high rate of consanguinity among Arabs probably makes familial cases of PD more likely to be encountered than other areas in the world. This review provides an update on the published literature on sporadic and familial PD in Gulf Arabs. SUMMARY: Although the Arab population of this region shares religious beliefs and demographic characteristics with other Arabs, their environmental exposures and genetic makeup may be different. This could account for the relatively low prevalence of PD reported in the Al-Thugba study (27 per 100,000) compared with prevalence rates by most other studies on Arab (mainly North African) populations (31.4-557.4 per 100,000). KEY MESSAGES: Gulf countries are considered rich countries, which makes conducting nation-wide or even international studies logistically easier than it is in many other countries. Such multinational research can be organized by the existing Gulf Cooperation Council, or through a collaboration of the Ministries of Health. This would, hopefully, culminate in the introduction of more research centers, as well as the implementation of better health care policies and practices for the ageing community. SN - 1421-9913 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26613525/Parkinson's_Disease_in_the_Gulf_Countries:_An_Updated_Review_ L2 - https://www.karger.com?DOI=10.1159/000442283 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -