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Parkinson's Disease

Also called: Parkinson Disease, Parkinsons Disease

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Parkinson's disease is not by itself a fatal disease, but it does get worse with time. The average life expectancy of a Parkinson's disease patient...
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A study from Denmark’s Center for Healthy Aging and the Danish Center for Sleep Medicine, among other places, explains how dreams may hold the clue...
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PD is typically a 20 year illness, but can range from 10 - 40 years. There are 2 basic subcategories: Tremor dominant and Postural Instability/Gait...
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Parkinson's disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. The four main symptoms are:Tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs...
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Dizziness is extremely common in PD, and is a result of the condition itself, PD medications, and other medications. What typically happens is a...
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PD is a condition that disrupts normal nerve activity. Although we have not discovered the reasons for this, we have described the typical changes...
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Bodily movements are regulated by a portion of the brain called the basal ganglia, whose cells require a proper balance of two substances called...
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Parkinson's disease occurs when nerve cells, or neurons, in an area of the brain known as the substantia nigra die or become impaired. Normally...
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Several genes have now been definitively linked to Parkinson's disease. The first to be identified was alpha-synuclein. In the 1990s, researchers at...
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There are several types of pain associated with PD. Hip or shoulder pain - particularly on the side most affected by PD - may be an early sign...
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Parkinson's disease is rarely inherited. The only autosomal dominant type PD known is associated with a gene named, "Parkin." This can be...
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A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is based on your medical history and a thorough neurological exam. Your doctor also may check your sense of smell...
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Risk factors for Parkinson's disease are difficult to identify because the cause of the disease is unknown. Advancing age is the only known risk...
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Nearly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year, but getting an accurate count of the number of cases may be impossible...
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Leg weakness is not typically a first sign in PD. However, PD usually is associated with stiffness and slowness of the limbs, and this may feel like...
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