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Afrikaners at risk of Parkinson's: Study

By Sapa | 2014-07-25 07:02:06.0 | 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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LOL. It's because of their sins. Verwoerd and daai hele lot.

2014-07-25 07:30:37.0 | 1 replies


Shredder - Same with HIV.

2014-07-25 07:34:56.0 | 3 replies


I know Mr Cretin.

2014-07-25 07:52:27.0 | 1 replies


Shredder - Did I touch a nerve?

2014-07-25 07:54:49.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 07:53:42.0 | 1 replies


Shredder - Did I touch a nerve?

2014-07-25 07:55:02.0 | 1 replies


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

2014-07-25 07:56:36.0 | 1 replies


Pwned!!!!!!! LOL@Shredster

2014-07-25 07:58:39.0 | 0 replies


I whites never came Africa would be AIDS free

2014-07-25 10:02:07.0 | 1 replies
2014-07-25 10:08:05.0 | 0 replies
2014-07-25 07:30:44.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 07:51:51.0 | 1 replies


Tim Noakes ?????????

2014-07-25 07:56:43.0 | 1 replies


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.

2014-07-25 08:17:51.0 | 1 replies


Thats the English for you

2014-07-25 08:25:17.0 | 1 replies


Mad dogs and English men :)

2014-07-25 08:26:23.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:00:05.0 | 1 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:02:38.0 | 1 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:14:37.0 | 2 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:20:05.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:21:21.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:03:45.0 | 2 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:07:13.0 | 1 replies
2014-07-25 08:07:29.0 | 1 replies


A colored robot well programmed by the afrikaaners

2014-07-25 08:10:44.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:14:31.0 | 2 replies


Then concern? Cos you colored mos

2014-07-25 08:21:59.0 | 1 replies


Then whats your concern? Cos you colored mos

2014-07-25 08:22:18.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:24:29.0 | 0 replies


So this settlers came here with their diseases too

2014-07-25 08:09:56.0 | 2 replies


LOL, aish wena Mr Fancy Pants!! SMH

2014-07-25 08:14:37.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:27:27.0 | 1 replies


You mean carrying? LOL

2014-07-25 08:39:16.0 | 1 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:44:28.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:27:26.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 08:49:41.0 | 1 replies


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

2014-07-25 09:04:14.0 | 1 replies


Im not a dying type strong as a tractor

2014-07-25 09:43:43.0 | 1 replies


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

2014-07-25 09:54:45.0 | 1 replies


LOL: I'll take that .....☺

2014-07-25 09:55:19.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 09:55:09.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 10:09:59.0 | 3 replies


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.

2014-07-25 10:14:27.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 10:23:36.0 | 1 replies


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

2014-07-25 10:49:56.0 | 1 replies


Food, medicine, education, Muvhango and so on.

2014-07-25 12:10:15.0 | 1 replies


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

2014-07-25 12:43:55.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 11:13:39.0 | 0 replies


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

2014-07-25 11:18:48.0 | 1 replies


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.

2014-07-25 12:08:59.0 | 0 replies