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Parkinson's Disease

Also called: Parkinson Disease, Parkinsons Disease

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It sounds like she may have a symptom we call "freezing," an inability to start walking or frequent disruption of walking in which her feet...
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Anticholinergic drugs include Artane and Cogentin. This group of drugs decreases the action of the nerve chemical acetylcholine. These drugs may help...
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Lewy bodies are brain cells that have abnormal pigmented spheres inside them. They are found in the damaged parts of the brain in people with...
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Neuroleptic drugs (also called major tranquilizers) are a group of drugs that block dopamine. These medications are used in the treatment of serious...
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This is a surgical procedure where the globus pallidus, a structure deep in the brain that is affected by Parkinson's disease, is removed to improve...
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A precursor is something that precedes, (for example, levodopa is a precursor to dopamine in that levodopa is converted to dopamine in the brain).
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A propulsive gait is the disturbance of gait typical of people with symptoms of Parkinson's in which, during walking, steps become faster and faster...
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A receptor is a structure located on the nerve cell that receives the chemical messenger (neurotransmitter, such as dopamine) sent from an adjacent...
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Alpha-Tocopherol is a biologically active form of vitamin E.
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Amantadine is a drug that improves the symptoms of Parkinson's by increasing the amount of a brain chemical called dopamine. Amantadine can reduce...
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An action tremor is a rhythmic, involuntary movement of a limb when movement is initiated (for example, when writing or lifting a cup). It is not...
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An agonist is a chemical or drug that turns on or activates a particular part of a cell that regulates its activity (receptor). For example, dopamine...
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An anticholinergic is a substance, usually a medication, that halts the actions of a chemical that transmits signals between nerves called...
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Apomorphine is a drug being studied in the lab to treat severe Parkinson's. It is a form of morphine that can increase the amount of dopamine...
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Bradykinesia is slowing down of movement. It is a major symptom of Parkinson's.
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