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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)
  • Parkinson's Disease - Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
  • Parkinson's Disease Tutorial
  • Movement Disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease Videos (National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.)

  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • Stages of Parkinsons
  • What Causes Parkinson's?
  • Is Parkinson’s Disease Heredity?
  • Doubts about Diagnosis
  • Cause of tremors, twitches, spasms and jerks
  • Symptoms
  • Side effects of Carb/Levo 25-100MG (halluc.)
  • Blood Pressure in Parkinsons Disease
  • Are My Legs Swelling Because of PD?
  • Can long term use of Sinemet cause drooling?
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    Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016