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parkinson's disease
 
Parkinson's disease (or siimply Parkinson's), is a slowly progressing, degenerative disease that affects the motor system. Parkinson's disease persists over a long period of time, and the symptoms grow worse over time.  The specific cause of Parkinson's is unknown, however, medical experts believe the symptoms are related to a chemical imbalance in the brain caused by brain-cell death.
 
Symptoms
Symptoms may include:
  • rigidity - stiffness when the arm, leg, or neck is moved back and forth
  • tremor - involuntary movement from contracting muscles that is prominent at rest
  • slowness in initiating movement
  • poor posture and balance
  • fatigue
  • trembling
  • difficulty getting up from a seated position
  • losing track of a word or thought
  • irritability
  • depression
  • senility
 
Treatments
Treatment for Parkinson's disease may include:

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