Bringing Parkinson’s Disease into Focus
Most people know of Parkinson’s Disease because of the actor, Michael J. Fox. However, much of our knowledge rarely extends past that fact. In lieu of our upcoming event next Tuesday, August 30th, we hope to educate followers a little more on the disease almost one million people in the US are living with.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic movement disorder with symptoms that progressively worsen over time. Parkinson’s is caused when vital nerve cells in the brain begin to fail and eventually die. The dying neurons release dopamine which interferes with someone’s movement and coordination. This is what causes the disease’s “signature shakes”.
Signs and Symptoms
Parkinson’s is scary because it begins with a minor tremor in just one hand, but increasingly grows to much worse. Tremors are the most notorious sign of the disease, but people may also suffer from the following side effects. The disease effects each individual differently.
- Tremor (Shaking of the hand, arm, legs, face and jaw)
- Stiffness and/or slowing of movement
- Instability and uncontrolled coordination
Unfortunately, the cause of Parkinson’s is unknown and there is currently no cure. Treatment, medications and surgery are available and have effectively proven better managing symptoms. Scientists continue to explore and learn more about the disease everyday. Raising awareness and staying informed is a simple way anyone can help with the cause and become involved.
We hope you join us August 30th with John Nguyen, Neurology Clinical Specialist, as he discusses more on the topic. The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. RSVP today by email email@example.com or phone 949.250.0125!
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