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Parkinson's Disease

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Taylor Watson

on 4 April 2016

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Transcript of Parkinson's Disease

Causes
Primarily caused by the break down or death of neurons. These neurons produce a chemical messenger called dopamine. Low dopamine levels lead to abnormal brain activity, causing the appearance of symptoms.

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Symptoms
Tremors of the limbs and jaw
Bradykinesia- slowness of movement
Stiffness of limbs and torso
Impaired balance and coordination
Changes in speech
Loss of automatic movements (smiling)
Cure/ Maintain Quality of life
Important to develop and maintain a solid PD, Parkinson's Disease, management plan
Those who take an active role in their care see improvement
Find the right doctor
Taking and keeping track of medications
Seek speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritionist and social worker
Communication between specialists
Some patients require medical consultants in the areas of psychiatry and neurosurgery
Parkinson's Disease
Diagnosis
Made by an internist or family physician
A doctor will take clinical information given by the patient and then after a neurological exam will be administered (usually a physical examination), although there is not a standard diagnostic test for the disease
They'll administer other tests to rule out other diseases
Doctors will ask questions that deal with your balance such as, "can you rise from a chair easily?"
Ask about symptoms
Connection to CNS
Parkinson's disease is the result of nerve cells in the brain that have either become impaired or have died. Dopamine is an organic chemical that plays several important roles in the brain and body, including serving as a neurotransmitter to the brain. Without dopamine, chemical messages cannot be sent from place to place, leading to impaired movement.
Other factors may include:
Genetics
Environmental Triggers
Taylor Watson, Ashley Chavez,
Brandon Lujan and Jesus Torres-Montoya
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