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Title: Parkinson's disease in Hawaiʻi : a study of prevalence and ethnicity 
Author: Weiss, Lois
Date: 2007
Abstract: This analysis described the population prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PD) in Hawai'i, by birth year, season, gender, age, and ethnicity for patients 50+ years old. Inclusion criteria were a history of Parkinson's drug-treatment following the PD diagnosis, and a claims history for other secondary diagnostic or treatment codes subsequent to the 332 diagnosis. Two-thousand thirty cases met the criteria. Without age adjustments, prevalence was 145/100,000. A birth-month distribution showed a significant seasonal trend (p=.04). The male to female ratio was 1.4 to 1, modal age of death was 81 years, and mortality was 2.6 (95% CI= 2.1 to 3.2) times greater than the non- Parkinson control sample. Of the 975 who self-reported ethnicity, 58% were Japanese. Compared to Japanese men, Japanese women were 17% less likely to develop PD (p < .001). Findings suggest that multiple sources of early-exposure late-onset conditions may precipitate PD, as well as lifestyle.
Description: Thesis (M.S.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 14-16). vi, 16 leaves, bound 29 cm
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20423
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.

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