Cause for Parkinson's is the lack of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain; © panthermedia.net/zerbor
In the beginning there is a shaking hand or rigidity of muscles that impedes movement in everyday life. Based on several other symptoms that occur over time, physicians finally diagnose Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease with several possible causes. Different main symptoms can be perceived. These symptoms are caused by the death of neural cells that produce dopamine in the brain. Lack of this neurotransmitter causes impairments in the nervous system that can have both physical and psychic effects.
The physician James Parkinson was the first to describe the disease and its typical symptoms in 1817: rigidity of muscles, tremor, postural and gait instability and slowness or absence of movement. Not only popular patients like Michael J. Fox or Muhammad Ali stand for the fight against Parkinson’s today. The European Parkinson’s Disease Association EPDA takes the opportunity at April 11th, James Parkinson’s birthday, to inform and educate about the disease.
There still is no method to slow or stop the cell death in the brain. But there are ways to alleviate the symptoms caused by lack of dopamine and to help patients live independently and without severe impairment.
At MEDICA.de we collected current news about the disease for you – in time for James Parkinson’s birthday and World Parkinson’s Day 2014: