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Parkinson sufferers at risk from web gambling

Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by Ian_go, Apr 20, 2007.

    Apr 20, 2007
  1. Ian_go

    Ian_go Dormant account

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    The British Medical Journal this week warned that those with the degenerative condition Parkinsons disease face increased risks from online gambling. Parkinson's effects the central nervous system resulting in reduced control of motor function and therefore shaking and general loss of balance. The Journals editorial said that many Parkinson's patients experience addictive behaviors such as pathological gambling. The very medication commonly prescribed to help deal with the symptoms of Parkinsons disease, dopamine agonists, has been linked with an increase in problematic gambling. Last year the Journal Neurology, another British periodical published a study supporting this claim. In the study, the percentage of gambling addiction among Parkinson's sufferers was 3.4 per cent. A second group who had undergone a course of dopamine agonists medication exhibited an addiction rate at 7.2 percent. By comparison the general British population suffers compulsive gambling at the rate of just under one in one hundred people.
     
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  2. Apr 20, 2007
  3. winbig

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    I thought online gambling cured Parkinsons, as well as diabeties, gout, high mortgage rates, etc etc....:D
     
  4. Apr 20, 2007
  5. elscrabinda

    elscrabinda Experienced Member PABnorogue PABnoaccred

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    Quick, someone tell Jackpot factory! Another unfortunate group of people they can target...
     
  6. Apr 20, 2007
  7. elscrabinda

    elscrabinda Experienced Member PABnorogue PABnoaccred

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    Incidentally this is an interesting study as well

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    Now whenever anyone acts dissaprovingly of me gambling I just call them a homophobe!
     
  8. Apr 20, 2007
  9. EasyRhino

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    At first I thought the article was going to state that gambling caused Parkinson's, which would have made me throw my computer out the window. But this seems reasonable, I guess.

    Although at least I can thank the UIGEA for protecting me from The Gay!
     
  10. Apr 20, 2007
  11. phynqster

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    I know the television show "Vegas" had a plot where they were spikeing players drinks with the medication to keep them gambling. I had one player who lost over 250,000 in 6 weeks that said the medication affected him and he was suing a Las Vegas casino where he lost over 10 million in the same time spreee.
    Some scary stuff
     
  12. Apr 21, 2007
  13. Ian_go

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    original article here : You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
  14. Apr 24, 2007
  15. Professor

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    It's well known that Online Gambling cures Erectile Dysfunction. Studies suggest it may also produce genital growth in males and increased sexual response in women...

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Apr 26, 2007
  17. Ian_go

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    :lolup:
     
  18. Apr 26, 2007
  19. winbig

    winbig Keep winning this amount. webby PABnononaccred

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    Do you know this first hand? :oops:
     
  20. Apr 27, 2007
  21. GrandMaster

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  22. Apr 27, 2007
  23. Professor

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    No, but I can attest to the genital growth in males. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  24. Apr 28, 2007
  25. mysticjoz

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    I for one can attest to this. I have parkinson's disease and I agree these meds DO cause addictive and compulsive behaviours.
     
  26. Apr 29, 2007
  27. Ian_go

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  28. Apr 29, 2007
  29. dominique

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    I have a friend with Parkinsons and she is addicted to Pogo. She spends every possible minute playing games at Pogo.

    Of course Pogo is just a small yearly fee and so this is not causing any problems except with her husband, who wants more attention.

    I can see how this could be a big problem with gambling.
     

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