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Afrikaners at risk of Parkinson's: Study

By Sapa | Jul 25, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 52 ]

A large number of Afrikaners in South Africa may be at risk of contracting Parkinson's disease because of their ancestors, a study by Stellenbosch University has found.

"If genetic studies confirm the presence of a founder effect for [Parkinson's disease] PD in Afrikaners, this would imply that there is a large number of individuals from this ethnic group who may potentially be at risk of developing this debilitating condition," it said in a study recently published in the "SA Medical Journal".

Genealogical research on hereditary diseases was carried out and PD in Afrikaners was traced back to a specific founder couple.

"Given the evidence of founder effects for other disorders in the Afrikaner population, we sought to determine whether a founder effect for PD also occurs in this population," it said.

A founder effect results when a small subset of a large population establishes a new population.

"In the case of Afrikaners, the disorders that occur at an unusually high frequency may indicate that the original Dutch, French, and German colonists who settled in the Cape carried those disease-causing genes at high frequency," it said.

Study participants were recruited from the Movement Disorders Clinic at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, and from various support group meetings of the Parkinson's Association of SA.

"After the genealogical trees of the first 12 families were constructed it emerged that there was a single ancestral couple common to these families.

"This couple married in South Africa in 1668. The husband was born in the Netherlands and... the wife was born in Germany in 1655. They had 12 children," it said.

"After this couple was identified in the first 12 families examined, links to the couple could also be established in an additional 28 families in which there was sufficient genealogical information to trace ancestry."

The study found that 40 Afrikaner PD subjects were descended from the founder couple, and that on average there were between three and four ancestral lines for each PD subject.

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Shredder

LOL. It's because of their sins. Verwoerd and daai hele lot.

Jul 25, 2014 7:30 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

Shredder - Same with HIV.

Jul 25, 2014 7:34 | 3 replies

Shredder

I know Mr Cretin.

Jul 25, 2014 7:52 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

Shredder - Did I touch a nerve?

Jul 25, 2014 7:54 | 0 replies

Shredder

I almost to forgot put the name. I know Mr Racist Cretin. LOL

Jul 25, 2014 7:53 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

Shredder - Did I touch a nerve?

Jul 25, 2014 7:55 | 1 replies

Shredder

No, we already know you very well to touch anything.

Jul 25, 2014 7:56 | 1 replies

BOKKER

Pwned!!!!!!! LOL@Shredster

Jul 25, 2014 7:58 | 0 replies

Gud2bme

I whites never came Africa would be AIDS free

Jul 25, 2014 10:2 | 1 replies
Jul 25, 2014 10:8 | 0 replies
Jul 25, 2014 7:30 | 0 replies

MommaC

With our genetic propensity for heart disease, it is unlikely that most of us live long enough to get parkinsons. If memory serves, that was also traced back to one person

Jul 25, 2014 7:51 | 1 replies

BOKKER

Tim Noakes ?????????

Jul 25, 2014 7:56 | 1 replies

MommaC

Not sure if Noakes has much 'old' blood in him. No clue what his family tree looks like. He has, however, always been a bit of a kook.

Jul 25, 2014 8:17 | 1 replies

BOKKER

Thats the English for you

Jul 25, 2014 8:25 | 1 replies

MommaC

Mad dogs and English men :)

Jul 25, 2014 8:26 | 0 replies

Bunyulawe

I'ts caused by racism..and too much boerewors

Jul 25, 2014 8:0 | 1 replies

BOKKER

Stupidity on the other hand can be traced back to almost every refugee who ran away from the congo pygmies.

Jul 25, 2014 8:2 | 1 replies

Bunyulawe

You hate the word racism?...it's real word, meaning whites hates blacks

Jul 25, 2014 8:14 | 2 replies

ytieduniS

Bunyulawe - The dictionary definition is abit different to yours: "prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race"

Jul 25, 2014 8:20 | 0 replies

BOKKER

In my case not all, only the really obnoxious and stupid ones like yourself for example. Did you know that Buny is pygmies favourite foo so I don't blame your ancestors for being chicken

Jul 25, 2014 8:21 | 0 replies

Papas1#

Sin is suffering "PD"...and now he`s trying to spread it on this blog

Jul 25, 2014 8:3 | 2 replies

Shredder

We know what his response is going to be. He is very mecahnical. A well trained robot. LOL.

Jul 25, 2014 8:7 | 1 replies
Jul 25, 2014 8:7 | 1 replies

VENDALIOUS

A colored robot well programmed by the afrikaaners

Jul 25, 2014 8:10 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

Papas1# - Im just wondering why you guys act like douch3bags on every article relating to Afrikan3rs?

Jul 25, 2014 8:14 | 2 replies

VENDALIOUS

Then concern? Cos you colored mos

Jul 25, 2014 8:21 | 1 replies

VENDALIOUS

Then whats your concern? Cos you colored mos

Jul 25, 2014 8:22 | 0 replies

BOKKER

Ag c'mon Sin give them their sad little moment of who-knows-what. They don't have anything else to lift their spirits.

Jul 25, 2014 8:24 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

So this settlers came here with their diseases too

Jul 25, 2014 8:9 | 2 replies

Shredder

LOL, aish wena Mr Fancy Pants!! SMH

Jul 25, 2014 8:14 | 0 replies

MommaC

What can we say. We are a caring and sharing type of people :)

Jul 25, 2014 8:27 | 1 replies

Shredder

You mean carrying? LOL

Jul 25, 2014 8:39 | 1 replies

MommaC

I actually meant 'caring' but carrying works too :)

Jul 25, 2014 8:44 | 0 replies

Papas1#

@Vendalious..Yes they did..look no further than Sin

Jul 25, 2014 8:27 | 0 replies

Pelo-ya-ntja

I don't have enough time to read about racists can someone please tell me if they going to die and when..hooraayy!!!

Jul 25, 2014 8:49 | 1 replies

MommaC

Oh no! Racists are going to die? I will miss you and bring lillys to your grave.

Jul 25, 2014 9:4 | 1 replies

Pelo-ya-ntja

Im not a dying type strong as a tractor

Jul 25, 2014 9:43 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

Pelo-ya-ntja - A tractor with a slow puncture :P

Jul 25, 2014 9:54 | 1 replies

Pelo-ya-ntja

LOL: I'll take that .....☺

Jul 25, 2014 9:55 | 0 replies

SWEETY

Founder couple.....curse from generation to generations

Jul 25, 2014 9:55 | 0 replies

Gud2bme

Mara kante why don't this people leave our continent?

Jul 25, 2014 10:9 | 3 replies

ytieduniS

Gud2bme - Because this is also their continent. Be a nice little boy, fetch me your crayons and I will draw a picture. It will help you understand.

Jul 25, 2014 10:14 | 0 replies

BOKKER

Because if you are left to yourselves there will be nothing left. At all. capice

Jul 25, 2014 10:23 | 1 replies

Gud2bme

They can take everything with them. Life without money, cars and jobs would be stress free

Jul 25, 2014 10:49 | 1 replies

BOKKER

Food, medicine, education, Muvhango and so on.

Jul 25, 2014 12:10 | 1 replies

Gud2bme

We did just before you came. African herbs for medicine, hunting for food and our families would be there to entertain us, so no need for tv

Jul 25, 2014 12:43 | 0 replies

MommaC

Considering when 'this people' were married, I think they left the land of the living quite a while back

Jul 25, 2014 11:13 | 0 replies

lule

BOKKER Because if you are left to yourselves there will be nothing left. At all. capic.......but before they were here there was something,unless you say you brougth together with black people LOL

Jul 25, 2014 11:18 | 1 replies

BOKKER

Lule There was something but it belonged to the Khoi and the San.All of it except what they sold by deed of sale to the Dutch. But I am talking about things like hospitals banks universities and such like. If you want to see a complete farkup you must put everything in AA hands. It will all end up like Zimpopo province sani.

Jul 25, 2014 12:8 | 0 replies