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Does Parkinson's disease affect a certain ethnic group or gender?

Does Parkinson's disease affect a certain ethnic group or gender?

No and yes: Does not seem to be much of an ethnic variation in my experience, as i seem to have equal numbers of blacks and whites suffering this disorder. However, do find discrepancies in incidence, as many sources say 500, 000 and others 1.5 million in usa. If we take the latter figure, the proportion of men to women is 3 to 1 (the reverse of ms incidence!). ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more


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What groups of people typically get Parkinson's disease?

What groups of people typically get Parkinson's disease?

Some risk factors: Very rarely genetic in a few families, can be associated with multiple small strokes, can mostly be sporadic, seen after multiple head injuries (with/without dementia), seen after carbon monoxide poisoning, associated with manganese mining, maybe from carbon disulfide poisoning, rarely after oxygen deprivation. Most cases by far arise spontaneously, and affect males 3;1 females. ...Read more

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My father is 81 and has Parkinson's disease for the last 3 years. He can't even move his hands & legs. What can I do to support him?

My father is 81 and has Parkinson's disease for the last 3 years. He can't even move his hands & legs. What can I do to support him?

Hands on or w/c: At that stage a person needs hands on care to be up and around 24/7. No one likes @ institutionalize their parents, but he is very high risk to fall ad sustain major injury. He is mentally aware, as m ali, so you need @ handle with kid gloves, best @ have his md suggest it, if u can have 24/7 attention, a w/c will allow u 2 take him out and about. Can b done from home or nh. Good luck hard 2 do. ...Read more

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What to do if my grandma has Parkinson's and i don't know what to do!?

What to do if my grandma has Parkinson's and i don't know what to do!?

NPF!: Usually, the treating neurologist and/or physician can be very helpful. Most people find the national parkinson foundation (npf) very helpful. They can be reached at http://www.Parkinson.Org, and their helpline is 18004734636. ...Read more

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Grandpa has Parkinson's and I don't know anything about the human genomes! can someone help?

Grandpa has Parkinson's and I don't know anything about the human genomes! can someone help?

Clinical Facts: Before overt physical symptoms begin, one can experience pre-motor parkinson's issues: the most reliably reported 4 are chronic constipation, chronic depression, anosmia (part or complete loss of smell--which also effects taste appreciation) & rbd. Rbd stands for rem behavior disorder. Rem  (dreaming stage sleep) can be accompanied by acting-out of dreams: talking, kicking, punching, running, etc. ...Read more

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I have young onset parkinsons-i swear i don't sleep-is this unusual?

I have young onset parkinsons-i swear i don't sleep-is this unusual?

PD and sleep: Patients with pd often have difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep in addition to sleep attacks during the day potentially made worse with meds. It's rather common. You should discuss this with your neurologist. ...Read more

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How soon will I begin feeling the effects of levodopa? I don't think I have parkinsons/old gp does.

How soon will I begin feeling the effects of levodopa? I don't think I have parkinsons/old gp does.

Diagnosis of Parkins: It is very reasonable to ask your gp to refer you to a neurologist for a second opinion about the diagnosis of parkinson's disease, or a movement disorders center at a university medical center. ...Read more

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Will getting Parkinson's undr cntrl relieve my constipation? My meds don't seem to be getting into my system

Will getting Parkinson's undr cntrl relieve my constipation? My meds don't seem to be getting into my system

Might help: Control of parkinsons could help unfortunately some of the meds used to treat can be constipating i rec MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) over the counter 1-2 capfuls daily. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my psychiatrist says I have Parkinson's like symptoms.i can't find info on likesymptoms.?

What do you suggest if my psychiatrist says I have Parkinson's like symptoms.i can't find info on likesymptoms.?

It means: parkinsons like means that you dont actually have parkinsons, but some of the symptoms you are exhibiting are similar to those seen in parkinsons disease. ...Read more

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Why can t healthy dopaminergic neurons be moved into the area of parkinson s affected neurons to treat parkinson s disease ?

Why can t healthy dopaminergic neurons be moved into the area of parkinson s affected neurons to treat parkinson s disease ?

Not so simple: Most of the dopaminergic neurons end in the substantia nigra of the midbrain, originating in various deep brain structures. These nerves are already affected by the disease. Unaffected nerves of course still remain but remain connected to brainstem. So outside nerve cells (from another source like stem cells are needed) nerves don't like to be moved around anyway, because they often die. ...Read more

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I had parkinson disease for 12 years now. With my daily medication no one will know I have this ailment. Wouldn't my age 62 cause it to be worse?

I had parkinson disease for 12 years now. With my daily medication no one will know I have this ailment. Wouldn't my age 62 cause it to be worse?

Not necessarily: Congratulations on having a medication regimen that keeps the disease in check. Parkinson diseae affects different people differently; be happy you have control right now! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: parkinsonism?

What is the definition or description of: parkinsonism?

Degenerative : Parkinson's disease is associated with a misfolded protein (alpha synuclein) which causes a loss of Dopamine in the basal ganglia. Symptoms include resting tremors, dementia, gait instability, rigidity, masked facies, drooling, trouble swallowing, constipation, pain, immobilization, and eventual severe disability. Deep brain stimulation may help many continue functioning. ...Read more

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How to diagnose wolf parkinson's?

How to diagnose wolf parkinson's?

WPW: Wolff-parkinson-white syndrome is a heart condition that can be detected with an electrocardiogram. Sometimes further tests called electrophysiologic studies are used to determine the origin of the abnormal rapid heartbeat. ...Read more

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Is parkinson’s disease hereditary?

Yes: Although the causes are multifactorial and sometimes poorly understood, there is a hereditary component. Keep in mind, that even though a parent may have it, it does not mean that it will be necessarily passed on. The tendency, however, may be there. ...Read more

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Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Sometimes: Parkinson disease is the most common cause of parkinsonism, a symptomatic triad of tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow movement. Most of parkinson disease is caused by contributions of multiple genes, no one of which is necessary nor sufficient, aided by poorly defined environmental factors. About seven types of parkinson disease are inherited in an autosomal dominant or recessive pattern. ...Read more

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Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

It can be, yes: As a general rule, the younger the age of onset (<45yo is early onset), & the more affected relatives (especially close ones), then the more likely it is genetic & the higher the risk to blood relatives. Average age of pd onset is 58. The older you are @ disease onset, the less likely it is genetically inheritable. Look @ this link for help on genetics: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/books/nbk1223/. ...Read more

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Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

A bit: There are some hereditary factors but they are seemingly minor. If you have a first-degree relative with parkinson’s disease you are more likely to get it, but the risk is small (< 5 % according to mayo clinic reports). It can run very strongly in some families in rare situations of abnormalities of alpha-synuclein synthesis or protein disposal problems. ...Read more

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