People taking a widely used group of drugs known as 1) ___ ___ ___ to treat high blood pressure also appear to be cutting their risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study published in the February 6, 2008, online issue of Neurology. The study involved 7,374 men and women over age 40. Half of the group had Parkinson’s disease; the other half did not have Parkinson’s disease. Among both groups, nearly half used high blood pressure medications, such as calcium channel blockers, 2) ___ inhibitors, AT II antagonists and beta blockers. The study found people who were currently long-term users of calcium channel blockers to treat high blood pressure lowered their risk of Parkinson’s disease by 23% compared to people who didn’t take the drugs. There was no such effect among people taking ACE inhibitors, AT II antagonists and 3) ___ ___. Clearly more research is needed to determine why calcium channel blockers appear to 5) ___ against Parkinson’s disease, whether this is indeed a causal association, and why the other high blood pressure medications did not offer a reduced risk..

ANSWERS: 1) calcium channel blockers; 2) ACE; 3) beta blockers; 4) risk; 5) protect