Parkinson's Disease

Margaret Kelly

How it is inherited?

When genetic alterations modify the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, the inheritance pattern is usually unknown. Most cases of Parkinson's disease occur in people with no apparent family history of the disorder. Among familial cases of Parkinson's disease, the inheritance pattern differs depending on the gene that is altered. These sporadic cases may not be inherited, or they may have an inheritance pattern that is unknown.

Studies and Current Research

There is an over-the-counter cream that scientists have come across and have found that it has an active ingredient that diminishes and stops the effects of Parkinson's Disease.

Symptoms

People who have Parkinson's Disease suffer from both physical and mental symptoms.

Some examples of physical symptoms are:


  1. Slow movement (Bradykinesia)
  2. Rapid Eye Movement or REM/Sleep behavior disorder


The next three can be caused by the drugs or by the disease itself


  1. Excess Sweating
  2. Drooling
  3. Heat and Cold Intolerance

Tests and Treatments

There is no cure for this disease for now but there is medication and therapy that treats all of the symptoms. Some tests that doctors run to take a look at the brain are a PET scan and CT scan.

Overview

Parkinson's Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of the brain that can be in someone's body for years before it fully develops and shows symptoms.

Fun Fact

This disease has been around for a long time but wasn't sanctioned until 1817 when it was named after a doctor who wrote an essay about "The Shaking Palsy" which was named by a physician from AD 175. This established Parkinson's Disease as a recognized medical condition. The doctor's name was James Parkinson and that's where the name comes from.
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