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This degenerative disease affects nearly one million people in the U.S. Symptoms will vary from patient to patient, and may include impaired balance and lack of coordination, tremors in the hands, arms, legs and face, and overall stiffness or rigidity. Some patients may experience symptoms primarily on one side of the body, with symptoms gradually progressing to the other side. The symptoms are caused by malfunctions in the nerve cells in the brain that produce the chemicals that control movement and coordination. Parkinson’s disease is chronic and slowly progressive, with symptoms gradually becoming more pronounced over the years.

Treatment for Parkinson’s includes a variety of medications that affect the chemicals in the brain. The combination and dosage most effective for each patient will vary, and may change over the years as the disease progresses.

For more information visit:
National Parkinson® Foundation
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
 

 

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