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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. It affects about half a million people in the United States although the numbers may be much higher. The average age of onset is 60 years, and the risk of developing Parkinson's goes up with age. 

Parkinson's disease was first described in 1817 by James Parkinson, a British doctor who published a paper on what he called "the shaking palsy." In this paper, he described the major symptoms of the disease that would later bear (More)


Understanding Parkinson's Disease

  • Genetics Home Reference: Parkinson Disease (National Library of Medicine)
  • Movement Disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease - Video
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease - Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
  • Parkinson's Disease Tutorial
  • Parkinson's Disease Videos (National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.)
  • Parkinson's Disease: From the NIH

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  • Are My Legs Swelling Because of PD?
  • Are There any Medications for Parkinson’s that Do Not Cause Hallucinations?
  • Blood Pressure in Parkinsons Disease
  • Can Hand Tremors Be Reduced?
  • Cause of tremors, twitches, spasms and jerks
  • Does a brain scan confirm or rule out PD?
  • Does a Brain Scan Confirm or Rule Out PD?
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    Last Updated: Jun 24, 2014