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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 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 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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What's the difference between lou gehrig's disease and kennedy disease?

What's the difference between lou gehrig's disease and kennedy disease?

A lot: Lou gehrig's is als, and is much faster in progression. Only about 10% of ALS cases are genetic. Kennedy's disease is genetic, and slower to progress. They can overlap initially, but the disease course is much different. ...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 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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Could Parkinson's disease affect the mind?

Could Parkinson's disease affect the mind?

You bet it could: We term this parkinsonian dementia, and it is very different from alzheimer's disease, and often occurs late in the course, but ultimately about 70% of all patients will display some cognitive issues. ...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 hunningtons disease contagious?

Is hunningtons disease contagious?

No: Huntington disease is a slowly progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. It affects men and women equally. Prevalence in the us is estimated at about 7 per 100, 000. There is no cure, or long term disease modifying treatments for this disease. ...Read more

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How rare is huntington's disease in grandkids?

How rare is huntington's disease in grandkids?

Huntington: The classic symptoms start after 30 depending on the number of repeats-the higher the repeats earlier age onset--but juvenile huntington start as teenager when repeats are above 55--an asymptomatic child does not mean he does not have the genetic disorder which will manifest latter--- another group of disorders huntington like start earler does not have the same genetic defect. ...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 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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Neurodegenerative disease (alzeihmer) or dementia or depression in my grandparent?

Neurodegenerative disease (alzeihmer) or dementia or depression in my grandparent?

Without knowing : Your grandparent, i can't say. All dementias are neurodegenerative illnesses in one way or another. And, yes, depression in older patients can present with memory problems. Have your grandparent evaluated by a geriatric psychiatrist to help you figure this out. ...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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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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Is lou gehrig's disease related to polio?

No: Although amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (lou gerig's disease) is marked by distruction of nerves and atrophy of muscles, the cause remains elusive. No link to polio has been made. ...Read more

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What is HLH disease?

What is HLH disease?

Rare genetic disease: HLH is a rare genetic disease that can be fatal due to severe inflammation. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemophagocytic_lymphohistiocytosis ...Read more

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What pick's disease?

What pick's disease?

Nuerodegeerative des: Pick's disease is a rare neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive destruction of nerve cells in the brain. Symptoms include loss of speech (aphasia) and dementia. While some of the symptoms can initially be alleviated, the disease progresses and patients often die within two to ten years. ...Read more

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What is slims disease?

What is slims disease?

HIV: Slims disease is the old term for HIV ( human immunodeficiency) wasting syndrome or aids. ...Read more

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What is severs disease?

What is severs disease?

Sever's disease : Or calcaneal apophysitis is the most common cause of heel pain in the growing athlete and is due to overuse and repetitive microtrauma of growth plates of the calcaneus bone in the heel. It occurs in children ages 7 to 15, with the majority of patients presenting between 10 and 14 years of age. ...Read more

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What is buchet disease?

What is buchet disease?

Behcet's disease?: Behçet's disease is an inflammation of arteries (vasculitis) that often presents with mucous membrane ulcers and eye problems. As a systemic disease, it can also involve organs such as the gastrointestinal tract, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neurological systems. ...Read more

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What is bichet disease?

Bechet's disease: Is an autoimmune process associated with ulceration throughout the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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What is maralia disease?

What is maralia disease?

Malaria: Malaria is a disease of the blood spread by mosquito bites. It can be deadly and is one of the major areas of research by numerous agencies world wide. ...Read more

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What is bowen's disease?

What is bowen's disease?

Skin cancer: Bowens disease is essentially squamous cell carcinoma in situ or early stage squamous cell cancer. It is a disease of the skin in older patients (over age 60) occurring in sun damaged areas, mainly in women, and most frequently in the lower extremity. It can be treated by phototherapy, cryotherapy, or 5-fu cream. ...Read more

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What is leigh's disease?

What is leigh's disease?

Leigh Syndrome: Is a neurological disorder that cause psychomotor regression and loss of cognitive ability usually resulting in death in early childhood. ...Read more

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What is perthys disease?

What is perthys disease?

Perthes disease: Legg–calvé–perthes syndrome is a form of osteochondritis of the hip joint, where growth/loss of bone mass leads to some degree of collapse of the hip joint and to deformity of the ball of the femur and sometimes the surface of the hip socket. It occurs most often in children/teens and can lead to chronic arthritis in adults. Treatment includes bracing, traction, physical therapy, and surgery. ...Read more

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What is bitchet disease?

What is bitchet disease?

Behcet: Behcet's disease is an autoimmune disorder that results of recurrent oral and genital ulcers with eye inflammation, and often with a host of other inflammatory diseases in other organ systems. ...Read more

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What is burgers disease?

What is  burgers disease?

What kind of burger?: There is a berger's disease, which is a kidney disease (glomerulonephritis) caused by a person's own IgA antibodies. His antibodies damage his kidneys, but the reason for the antibodies is not known. There is another, called buerger's disease, which is an inflammation of the blood vessels (thromboangiitis obliterans) caused by damage and clotting inside blood vessels, maybe due to tobacco toxins. ...Read more

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What is fordyces disease?

What is fordyces disease?

Fox-Fordyce disease: This is taken from e-medicine: fox-fordyce disease is an infrequently occurring chronic pruritic papular eruption that localizes to areas where apocrine glands are found. The etiology of fox-fordyce disease currently is unknown. The eponym is based on the 1902 report by g. Fox and j. Fordyce. More info free online at: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1070560-overview. ...Read more

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What is huntings disease?

Hunting?: If u meant huntington's disease, it is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination & leads to cognitive deficits & psychiatric problems. Symptoms become noticeable between ages 35 & 45, & include jerky random uncontrollable movements called chorea, memory problems, mood changes, etc. ...Read more

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What is wilson's disease?

What is wilson's disease?

Copper accumulation: Wilson's disease is a disorder in which copper accumulates in the body cells. This causes liver disease, psychological changes, and movement disorders similar to parkinsons disease. It can usually be diagnosed by blood and urine tests, but sometimes requires a liver biopsy. It is treated by a low copper diet and medication that reduces copper levels. ...Read more

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What is grover's disease?

What is grover's disease?

GD: Grover's disease is a itchy skin condition that commonly affects the chest and back. Although, it is referred in dermatology as "transient acantholytic dermatois, " it may sometimes have a protracted course. Various treatments may be used, which may involve keeping the skin cool and dry, topical steroids, moisturizing creams, phototherapy and some oral agents. ...Read more

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What is Panner's disease?

What is Panner's disease?

Panner's disease: Panner's disease is osteochondrosis of the capitellum of the elbow. ...Read more

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What is potter's disease?

What is potter's disease?

Syndrome of: Underdeveloped kidneys and lungs often leading to very ill infant. ...Read more

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What is reynards disease?

What is reynards disease?

Raynaud's: Raynaud's phenomenon is a vasospastic disorder that causes finger discoloration with cold exposure or emotional stress. ...Read more

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What are canavan diseases?

What are canavan diseases?

Leukodysphrophy: According to the national institute of neurological disorders and stroke, canavan disease is a leukodysphrophy . It is a genetic disorder which causes brain degeneration. ...Read more