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What is Parkinson's Disease?

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's disease affects approximately 1 in 500 of the general population. It is a progressive neurological condition affecting activities such as walking, talking, and writing. It is named after Dr. James Parkinson, the London doctor who first identified Parkinson's as a specific condition.

Parkinson's disease occurs as result of a reduction of nerve cells in the part of the brain known as the substantia nigra. These cells are responsible for producing a chemical known as dopamine, which assists in the transmission of messages sent to the parts of the brain that co-ordinate movement. With the significant reduction in the number of dopamine-producing cells, these parts of the brain are unable to function normally.

Parkinson's Disease

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