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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?

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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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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What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

Many things.: Parkinson's Disease will present with physical symptoms such as shakiness, stiffness of the limbs causing a shuffling gait, lack of facial expression causing a mask-like face and the dementia may occur later while Alzheimer's dementia starts with gradual memory problems which begin to get worse in a few years and maybe accompanied with paranoid delusions. ...Read more

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Is Parkinson's disease preventable?

Is Parkinson's disease preventable?

Parkinson's disease: No. Parkinson's disease (pd) cannot be prevented. It appears a genetic predisposition added to environmental exposure predisposes to the development pd. Repetitive head trauma may increase risk of pd. Caffeine and smoking may reduce the incidence of pd (not recommended for prevention). Exercise and active lifestyle may offer benefit in patients with the disease but not shown to prevent onset. ...Read more

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Can wilsons disease mimic parkinsons?

Can wilsons disease mimic parkinsons?

Yes: Parkinson-like symptoms can be an initial manifestation of Wilson's disease. Wilson's disease usually occurs in younger people, however. If there is any confusion in diagnosis, Wilson's disease can usually be diagnosed through a combination of blood tests, urine tests, and/or an eye exam. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Likely yes: If there is a strong history of alzheimer's disease in the family like grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, brothers or sisters, then you could be at risk of developing it. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

Yes: Early onset alzheimers has a very large genetic component. Those who get the illness in their 60's, 70's or older have a much smaller genetic component contributing to their illness. ...Read more

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How is Parkinson's disease inherited?

How is Parkinson's disease inherited?

Mostly not inherited: The vast majority of people with parkinson's seem to get it sporadically, that is without any clear inheritance from family. That being said, we've found around 12 genetic variants that seem to greatly increase the risk of developing pd in some families. Some of them are recessive (rarely crops up), and some are dominant (50% chance of getting it from 1 affected parent). ...Read more

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Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Several : The parkinson's patient will have tremors, stiffness, and gait issues, not seen in alzheimer's. Parkinson's dementia pts may have a rem sleep disorder, florid hallucinations, fluctuating levels of communication, and memory loss which can be helped by cueing. Alzheimer's pts reverse sleep/waking, get worse during the day, cannot incorporate memory items, and lose ability to learn new tasks. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease genetic?

Is alzheimer's disease genetic?

It depends: In rare families, there is an abnormal gene that is transmitted to children and there is 50% probability that the children will eventually develop alzheimer's disease. However, it is usually in families where several members develop alzheimer's disease in early age. Otherwise, there is inheritance of the form of apolipoprotein that increases the risk of developing alzheimer's disease earlier. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease preventable?

Is alzheimer's disease preventable?

Somewhat: The most important is controlling you blood pressure and cholesterol level. It is also important to have physical exercise and keep mentally fit. Some studies indicate that drinking in moderation, eating fish and dark chocolate might decrease the risk. ...Read more

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Parkinson's disease/alzheimer's disease, what's the difference?

Parkinson's disease/alzheimer's disease, what's the difference?

Different dementias: Alzheimer' s disease is marked by decline in cognitive function because of brain changes that affect memory/executive function.Parkinson's disease is marked by problems with motor function because of nervecell loss in different part of the brain. In some cases cognitive changes occur as wellI. Cause of both are not known but the greatest risk factor is old age and some forms that run in families ...Read more

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Are dystonia and Parkinson's disease related?

Are dystonia and Parkinson's disease related?

Basal ganglia: The area of the brain called basal ganglia has a lot of neurotransmitters like dopamine--some parkinson pt present with dystonia---when parkinson advance and people become rigid they get to be off and on--dystonic alternate with excessive movements. ...Read more

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How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?

How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?

History and exam: Parkinson's is usually diagnosed based upon it having very characteristic symptoms and exam findings - namely asymmetric (i.e. Usually starts on one side) tremor at rest, slowness of movements (bradykinesia), and stiffness (rigidity). There are some nuclear medicine tests that show the pathology of pd fairly reliably, but they are fairly new and considered experimental by most insurers. ...Read more

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Menkes disease symptoms?

Menkes disease symptoms?

Many symptoms: Menkes disease also called menkes syndrome, copper transport disease (decreased copper), kinky hair disease. It is x linked recessive more common in males with growth failure, & deterioration of the nervous system, seizures, failure to thrive & subnormal body temperature.Arteries in the brain can also be coiled with infarcts and hemorrhages. Bones demineralized with fractues.Early death pneumonia. ...Read more

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Could Parkinson's disease be hereditary?

Could Parkinson's disease be hereditary?

Parkinson's disease: Yes, parkinson's disease can be hereditary. It is reported that about 5 % of pd is hereditary. However, the most common form of pd continues to be a sporadic form. ...Read more

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Is lou gehrig's disease curable?

Is lou gehrig's disease curable?

Unfortunately no : At this time, we do not possess effective treatment to stop or reverse classical motor neuron disease (als), and perhaps the best we can do is delay tracheostomy with riluzole. The disease ultimately causes death in spite of careful and thorough care. We have found some patterns involving superoxide dismutase, but no breakthroughs yet. ...Read more