Early-onset Parkinson's occurs when a doctor diagnoses the disease in a person 21 to 50 years old, according to the American Parkinson Disease Association. While a Parkinson's diagnosis can be devastating at any time of life, being diagnosed with the disease at an early age can significantly impact a young person's quality of life and that of their family. Currently, there is no cure for the disease. Because doctors most often diagnose Parkinson's disease in people around 60 years old, it is likely that a much younger person with early-onset Parkinson's disease could remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for some time. Early-onset Parkinson's may also progress differently to the more traditional form of the disease. Being aware of symptoms and risk factors may help a person get the treatments they need as early as possible. According to the American Parkinson Disease Association, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of those with Parkinson's disease are diagnosed at an early age. This amounts to … [Read more...] about What is early-onset Parkinson’s disease?
Roughly 1.5 million people are afflicted with Parkinson's disease in the United States. Along with a few hundred monkeys. One of those monkeys, perhaps even the tawny-furred rhesus macaque I'm now observing, may hold the key to eradicating this chronic, degenerative, incurable brain disorder. I learn this as I stand before a live video feed in a small laboratory on the second floor of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, a facility tucked away in a leafy corner of Emory University's vast Atlanta campus. Displayed on the monitor is the subject of an experiment—Monkey Number 12, a 12-pound adult female. She slouches in a corner of a large cage in the adjoining room and appears to be in a state of catatonia. Had her dewy, expressionless eyes not been open and blinking, I would have assumed she was paralyzed. I'm reminded of the stricken Robert De Niro character in the movie Awakenings. Monkey Number 12 does not technically have Parkinson's disease. But for the past several … [Read more...] about The Cure for Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is linked to 16 different types of cancer. Previous studies have associated Parkinson’s with a reduced risk of cancer, although these studies were mainly carried out in Western populations. More studies are needed to clarify whether the findings can be applied to other East Asian populations, but the study suggests there is a connection between ethnicity and environmental factors in disease pathogenesis. In the study, published in the June 18, 2015 issue of the journal JAMA Oncology, researchers discovered that men in Taiwan who have Parkinson’s disease are 1.71 times more likely to develop prostate cancer and 1.95 times more likely to experience melanoma. The study’s lead author, Dr. Pan-Chyr, examined the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database and looked at over 62,000 patients who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease between the years of 2004 and 2010. In order to properly compare those patients, researchers also … [Read more...] about Parkinson’s Disease Linked to 16 Types of Cancer in Taiwan, Says Study
Parkinson’s disease is an involuntary movement disorder which causes uncontrolled and unwanted movements of the body but can also cause a marked degree of body rigidity with total loss of movement capability. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder which affects speech, facial expressions, physical movements, and frequently causes tremors of the hands. As the disease progresses, the body movements become more rigid, slower, and there are few facial expressions or normal bodily movements seen. Parkinson’s disease is also frequently associated with cognitive decline, dementia, mood disorder, and pre-mature mortality. The disease primarily targets the nervous system with the actual pathology being rather disputed at this point. At one time, the theory was that people who displayed Parkinson’s disease had a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine in a certain area of the brain known as the substantia nigra. Now, it seems that groups of particles within … [Read more...] about Parkinson’s Disease: What You Need to Know
Parkinson disease can be difficult to recognize. The cause of this progressive disease is unknown despite decades of rigorous research and study. Early signs of the illness may go overlooked and can be mild. However, diagnosing Parkinson’s disease early can increase a person’s likelihood of living a healthier and longer life. Not everyone experiences Parkinson disease in the same way; the early signs of Parkinson’s are hard to identify. Nevertheless, it is common knowledge for most healthcare professionals that Parkinson’s disease occurs when the human brain stops producing a chemical called dopamine. Simply stated, this important chemical enhances our mood and helps our bodies to move. Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, that is, a person may experience symptoms on one side of his or her body for a several years. In time, the symptoms will worsen on the originally side, while more signs of the disease develop on the other side of … [Read more...] about Parkinson Disease Can Be Difficult to Recognize