18 Facts About Parkinson's disease


Parkinson's disease, or simply Parkinson's, is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system.

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Parkinson's disease dementia becomes common in the advanced stages of the disease.

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Those with Parkinson's disease can have problems with their sleep and sensory systems.

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Parkinson's disease typically occurs in people over the age of 60, of whom about one percent are affected.

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Parkinson's disease is the most common form of parkinsonism and is sometimes called "idiopathic parkinsonism", meaning parkinsonism with no identifiable cause.

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Bradykinesia is the most handicapping symptom of Parkinson's disease, leading to difficulties with everyday tasks such as dressing, feeding, and bathing.

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Postural instability is typical in the later stages of the Parkinson's disease, leading to impaired balance and frequent falls, and secondarily to bone fractures, loss of confidence, and reduced mobility.

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Visuospatial difficulties are part of the Parkinson's disease, seen for example when the individual is asked to perform tests of facial recognition and perception of the orientation of drawn lines.

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Invidividuals with Parkinson's disease have alphasynuclien deposits in the digestive tract as well as the brain.

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Vascular parkinsonism is the phenomenon of the presence of Parkinson's disease symptoms combined with findings of vascular events .

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In Parkinson's disease, alpha-synuclein becomes misfolded and clump together with other alpha-synuclein.

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Movement symptom onset is associated when the Parkinson's disease begins to affect the substantia nigra pars compacta.

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Occupational therapy aims to promote health and quality of life by helping people with the Parkinson's disease to participate in as many of their daily living activities as possible.

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Finally, after ten years most people with the Parkinson's disease have autonomic disturbances, sleep problems, mood alterations and cognitive decline.

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PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's Parkinson's disease and affects approximately seven million people globally and one million people in the United States.

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Early neurologists who made further additions to the knowledge of the Parkinson's disease include Trousseau, Gowers, Kinnier Wilson and Erb, and most notably Jean-Martin Charcot, whose studies between 1868 and 1881 were a landmark in the understanding of the Parkinson's disease.

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Parkinson's disease championed the renaming of the disease in honor of James Parkinson.

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Parkinson's disease has written two autobiographies in which his fight against the disease plays a major role, and appeared before the United States Congress without medication to illustrate the effects of the disease.

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