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Parkinson's Disease

Anatomy Project 2010

Alex Hay

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease
Alex Hay
Period 5 What is Parkinson's? Degenerative disease of the nervous system Associated with tremblings of arms and legs Associated with tremblings of arms and legs Homeostatic imbalance? Symptoms Treatments Treatments in Research Age? Bibliography Nerve cells makes an important chemical dopamine.

Normally sends signal to brain to control movement and lets muscles move smoothly

with PD the nerve cells break down and no longer have enough dopamin which causes trouble in moving smoothly Long term

As of now, treatments only mask symptoms

*need a neurological cure

first stage accurate diagnosis (difficult)

medications (most preferable, depends on degree of function)

surgery, rehab programs, clinical research trials are always other options Michael J. Fox Foundation

$32.8 million funded

feel high blood pressure drug could slow progression

hyperactive calcium channels may stress dopamine neurons leading to shutdown or die

drugs such as isradipine may reduce stress, thereby slowing or stopping progression of PD most paitents are over 40 when first diagnosed

only 5% are below that age

has been seen among children and teenagers but very rare www.umm.edu/parkinsons/effects.htm


www.enadh.com/shop.html?glclid=smxw8v2906EcFD1n560DBAYSVG *types and severity vary

slowed motion
rigid muscles
impaired posture/balance
loss of automatic movements
speech changes Dementia
difficulty in urination
impaired performance of daily living
communication difficulties

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