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In the United States about one million people are believed to suffer from Parkinsons disease About 50000 new cases are reported every year Many things are associated with Parkinsons disease Parkinsons disease is a very serious disease It is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that results from degeneration of nerve cells in a region of the brain that controls movement This degeneration creates a shortage of the brain-signaling chemical known as dopamine causing impaired movement There is increasing evidence that Parkinsons disease may be Genetic Men are slightly more likely to develop the disease than women The average age at which Parkinsons disease is diagnosed is 60 However about 10-20 of those diagnosed with Parkinsons disease are under age 50 and about half of those are diagnosed before age 40 When the diagnosis is made early it is referred to as young-onset Parkinsons disease Early symptoms of Parkinsons disease are usually mild and generally occur gradually You may have fatigue or a general sense of uneasiness You may feel a slight tremor or have difficulty standing Some may notice that their speech has become softer or that their handwriting has changed You may forget a word or thought and have feelings of depression or anxiety Generally friends and family may begin to notice the changes before you do They often notice the stiffening or lack of movement or the absence of facial expression seen in Parkinsons disease As the disease progresses it begins to interrupt daily activities It is important to note that not all people with Parkinsons disease experience the full range of symptoms in fact most people with Parkinsons have mild non-intrusive symptoms There have been rapid and remarkable changes over the past decade in treating Parkinsons disease The development of new medications and an understanding of how best to use them and the older drugs have significantly improved the quality of life of people with the disease There are
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