Parkinson's Disease Questions


What is Parkinson's Disease?

The following pages contain excerpts from an article "What is Parkinson's Disease" appearing on the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke's Web Site. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a...

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Causes of Parkinson's

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, these neurons produce the brain chemical dopamine. Dopamine...

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Risk Factors of Parkinson's Disease

About 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year, but getting an accurate count of the number of cases may be impossible because many people in the early stages of the disease assume their symptoms...

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What are the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease?

Early symptoms of PD are subtle and occur gradually. Affected people may feel mild tremors or have difficulty getting out of a chair. They may notice that they speak too softly or that their handwriting...

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Diagnosis and Prognosis of Parkinson's Disease?

How is Parkinson's Disease Diagnosed? There are currently no blood or laboratory tests that have been proven to help in diagnosing sporadic PD. Therefore the diagnosis is based on medical history and...

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Drug Therapies for Parkinson's Disease?

How the Disease is Treated-Drug Therapy? Medications for PD fall into three categories. The first category includes drugs that work directly or indirectly to increase the level of dopamine in the brain...

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Surgical Therapies for Parkinson's Disease

Treating PD with surgery was once a common practice. But after the discovery of levodopa, surgery was restricted to only a few cases. Studies in the past few decades have led to great improvements in surgical...

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Supporting Therapies for Parkinson's Disease

A wide variety of complementary and supportive therapies may be used for PD. Among these therapies are standard physical, occupational, and speech therapy techniques, which can help with such problems...

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Can Scientists Predict or Prevent Parkinson's Disease?

In most cases, there is no way to predict or prevent sporadic PD. However, researchers are looking for a biomarker — a biochemical abnormality that all patients with PD might share — that could be...

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What Research is Being Done?

In recent years, Parkinson's research has advanced to the point that halting the progression of PD, restoring lost function, and even preventing the disease are all considered realistic goals. While the...

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