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Parkinson's

Parkinson disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. The disorder affects several regions of the brain, including an area called the substantia nigra that controls balance and movement. Parkinson disease may also affect regions of the brain
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Kelsay Lucas

on 20 February 2011

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Parkinson disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. The disorder affects several regions of the brain, including an area called the substantia nigra that controls balance and movement. Parkinson disease may also affect regions of the brain that regulate involuntary functions such as blood pressure and heart activity.

Parkinsons


By: Debie & Kelsay Inheritance Passing of Parkinson's Symptoms of Parkinson's disease usually come on gradually and affect people over the age of 50, although there are rare forms that progress more quickly and strike at a younger age. Though very little is known about the genetics of Parkinson's, mutations in a gene known as LRRK2 have been found to greatly increase a person's likelihood of developing the condition.
How common is Parkinson's Around half a million people in the United States have Parkinson's. Every year, about 50,000 Americans are told they have the disease. Your chances of getting Parkinson's increase as you get older. Since people are now living longer, more people are getting the disease. Many people with Parkinson's disease, especially those who are very old, are never diagnosed with it. This may be because people confuse the symptoms of Parkinson's with the normal signs of aging. Passing of traits to offspring Being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease does not always mean that your children will develop it as well. There are forms of Parkinson’s that are influenced by genetic defects that appear to run in families. Most often these are ‘early-onset’ forms of PD cases where the disease begins earlier in life than usual. diagnosis 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. Symptoms Tremor, or shaking, often in a hand, arm, or leg. Stiff muscles and aching muscles. Weakness of face and throat muscles. Talking and swallowing may become more difficult, and the person may choke, cough, or drool. Difficulty with walking and balance. A person with Parkinson's disease is likely to take small steps and shuffle with his or her feet close together, bend forward slightly at the waist, and have trouble turning around. Balance and posture problems may result in frequent falls. Life Expectancy The life expectancy of a person with Parkinson's Disease is the same as people without Parkinson's. Which is about 77 years old. Treatments Parkinson's Disease can be treated by medication. Also by surgery and deep brain simulation Life There whole life they have to manage nutrion and medication. They also have to spend there life performing activities and getting involved in advocacy. Limits Some limitations of a person with Parkinson's Disease are talking and swallowing. Support Groups! There are many groups to and organizations to join. You can go to a group you can also talk to family members and friends. Possible Cures? Doctors say there is no cure for Parkinson's Disease. As yet they don’t really know what causes it. There are theories about genetic factors, environmental causes, toxins and free radicals. Until somebody identifies the cause they can't try and make a cure for Parkinson's. Work Cited Beck, James. Parkinson's Disease Foundation. N.p., n.p. Web. 15 Feb. 2011. <http://www.pdf.org/en/index>.

Gentics Home Refrence. N.p., 13 Feb. 2011. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. <http://www.ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/parkinson-disease>.
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