Pope John Paul ii

About the Pope

Pope John Paul II is famous for being the pope from 1978 to 2005. He was born May 18 of 1920, and died on April 2 of 2005. His genetic disorder was Parkinson’s disease and he was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 81.

Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s is often first detected by hand tremors, and confusion or memory loss. Later on, symptoms include difficulty walking, stiff or aching muscles, trouble sleeping, or weakness in the face and throat.

Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

There is no way to truly cure Parkinson’s disease, but there are numerous ways to ease the symptoms. Physical therapy and regular exercise can help ease muscular pain and stiffness. Medicines, the most common being Levodopa, is used to help with tremors and memory loss.

Connection to Chromosomes

Parkinson’s is a complex hereditary disorder thought to be dominantly linked to autosomes. This means that it is likely caused by a single mutated allele. Scientists have identified 18 chromosomal regions connected to Parkinson’s disease, and there may be even more.