Parkinson's Disease By Kristina Lau 9.6
Here's a short clip to give you a brief idea of this disease.What is Parkinson's disease? How does it affect you?Parkinson's disease affects how you moves, because this disease affects the nerve cells in your brain. This disease affects people mostly over 60 years old, but there are cases of patients in an age younger then 60 having this disease. PD affects the nerve cell in your brain so it no longer release a chemical call dopamine, dopamine sent signals to part of you brain that controls movement of your body.
What are the symptoms?
  • Tremor on hands, arms, legs, or head
  • Stiff muscles
  • Slow movements
  • Trouble with walking, swallowing and talking.
Tremor probably is the most common sign of this disease. Where you can't stop wiggling your hands, arms, legs or you head. You will keep on wiggling ad shaking your muscles until the nerve cell sent the signals again. At the begging tremor might start only with one leg or one hand, slowly the tremor get even more serous such as half of the body's shaking, and it is unstoppable. Later on different symptoms like stiff muscles will show up. At last, the patient will have trouble walking , talking to people or even swallowing food or water.

Are there any treatment for this disease?
At present, there aren't any cure for Parkinson's Disease. But there are medication to relief the symptom. Such as Levodopa combined with Carbidopa. Levodopa helps the nerves cell to produce dopamine again, and Carbidopa helps Levodopa to reach the brain. This two medicine will help the Tremor.

Why is it name as Parkinson's disease?
This disease is name after a British apothecary name James Parkinson. He was the author of a magazine name " An essay on a shaking palsy" back at 1817. He wrote about Parkinson's disease in this magazine which is called paralysis agitates. The name of Parkinson's disease was name later Jean- Martin Charcot.

For more information, Go to:
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/parkinsons_disease.htm
http://www.answers.com/topic/parkinson-s-disease
http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/guide/parkinsons-disease-topic-overview
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/parkinsonsdisease.html