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Parkinson's Disease Basics

Parkinson's Disease Basics covers probable causesof Parkinson's Disease, how dopamine works in Parkinson's disease and in the brain, how the drug Levodopa restores dopamine levels in the brain, and potential side effects of Levodopa. Understanding the disease will help you and your family cope with the disease.

The Complex Etiology of Parkinson's Disease

But as we’ve learned to control the hallmark motor symptoms to some extent, it has become clear that there’s much more to this disease and that there are features that are not only debilitating but for the most part, undertreated. 

Genetics Testing in Parkinson's Disease
n Parkinson’s, the vast majority of cases are what we call sporadic with no identifiable cause.  These non-familial cases mean no other family members have Parkinson’s.  However approximately 14% of people affected with PD have a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) that is also living with the disease.

Young Onset vs. Late Onset Parkinson's Disease
Although there are many similarities between all patients diagnosed with Parkinson's, there are some unique challenges that those with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease face.

Pesticides and Parkinson's Disease

A recent study conducted by researchers at UCLA looked at a group of patients with Parkinson's Disease compared to a control group and investigated their levels of pesticide exposure at home and in the community. They found that 11 of the pesticides they tested, increased the risk for Parkinson's Disease. 

What is Parkinson's Disease?
PD is a brain disorder involving loss of the chemical messenger dopamine. It is a progressive disorder, meaning that it typically gets worse over the years. Dopamine normally controls muscle activity so PD primarily affects movement. Its three cardinal signs are tremor (trembling which usually starts in one hand), rigidity in the trunk or limbs and slowness of movement.

Is There a Parkinsonian Personality?
Find out if there is a "Parkinson's personality."

ADAM Encyclopedia - Parkinson's Disease
About.com's medical encyclopedia provides information about Parkinson's disease.

NINDS Parkinson's Disease Information Page
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke discusses treatments, prognosis, and research on Parkinson's Disease.

American Parkinson's Disease Association- Parkinson's Disease
An introduction to Parkinson's Disease from the American Parkinson's Disease Association.

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