Parkinson's Disease

(Information used with permission from National Parkinson’s Foundation website)

"Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder. It occurs when certain nerve cells in a part of the brain become impaired. Normally these cells produce a vital chemical known as dopamine. Dopamine allows smooth, coordinated function of the body’s muscles and movement. When approximately 80% of the dopamine-producing cells are damaged, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear. Parkinson’s disease affects both men and women in almost equal numbers. There are a number of effective medicines that help to ease the symptoms of Parkinson disease. Several new medications are being studied that may slow the progression and many promise to improve the lives of people with Parkinson disease."

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