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Parkinson's Disease Information and Resources

Updated on August 21, 2014
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About Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a motor disease. Michael J. Fox brought attention to this disease when he was diagnosed at a much younger age than is typical for its victims. Just recently, we learned of another celebrity that was also battling this debilitating disease. Robin Williams both loved and regarded as the best comedian of our time had also began a battle with Parkinson’s.

Symptoms

Parkinson’s Disease is marked by tremors in hands, face and legs as well as in some cases arms and even the jaw according to researchers. These tremors can make it very difficult to move around easily and can disrupt a person’s ability to do their daily activities. It is a persisting disease that progresses over time in severity.

Treatment Options

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, however there are some treatment options in the form of medications that can help minimize the effects of the symptoms. Many people have been able to do their daily activities with the use of these medications. A combination of levodopa combined with carbidopa has been effective in minimizing the symptoms in most patients. These are not the only medications however that are used to help those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease to live a more productive life.
In cases when the medications are not effective, surgery is sometimes required. Electrodes are attached to a device called a pulse generator. Deep brain stimulation is a therapy that is used to minimize the need for levodopa and carbidopa in patients for which the medication is less effect in controlling the symptoms. Surgery is not the first option in the treatment of this disorder.

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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are underway to determine the underlying cause of this disease, whether environmental factors play a part in the onset of the symptoms or if it is simply a defective gene. For more information or to participate in these clinical trials contact the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/research/parkinsonsweb/index.htm

Resources for More Information

Additional resources include the following information as reported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke:

American Parkinson Disease Association

135 Parkinson Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10305-1425

apda@apdaparkinson.org

http://www.apdaparkinson.org External link

Tel: 718-981-8001 800-223-2732 Young Onset Center: 877-223-3801

Fax: 718-981-4399

National Parkinson Foundation

201 SE 1st Street

Suite 800

Miami, FL 33137

helpline@parkinson.org

http://www.parkinson.org External link

Tel: 800-473-4636

Fax: 305-243-5595

Parkinson Alliance

P.O. Box 308

Kingston, NJ 08528-0308

http://www.parkinsonalliance.org External link

Tel: 609-688-0870 800-579-8440

Fax: 609-688-0875

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Grand Central Station

P.O. Box 4777

New York, NY 10163

http://www.michaeljfox.org External link

Tel: 212-509-0995

Parkinson's Action Network (PAN)

1025 Vermont Ave., NW

Suite 1120

Washington, DC 20005

info@parkinsonsaction.org

http://www.parkinsonsaction.org External link

Tel: 800-850-4726 202-638-4101

Fax: 202-638-7257

Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)

1359 Broadway

Suite 1509

New York, NY 10018

info@pdf.org

http://www.pdf.org External link

Tel: 212-923-4700 800-457-6676

Fax: 212-923-4778

The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center

675 Almanor Avenue

Sunnyvale, CA 94085

info@thepi.org

http://www.thepi.org External link

Tel: 408-734-2800 800-655-2273

Fax: 408-734-8522

Parkinson's Resource Organization

74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104

Palm Desert, CA 92260

info@parkinsonsresource.org

http://www.parkinsonsresource.org External link

Tel: 760-773-5628 877-775-4111 877-775-4111

Fax: 760-773-9803

Credit for Information Contained in this Article

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stoke. (2014, August 18). Ninds parkinson's disease information page. Retrieved from http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/parkinsons_disease.htm

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 2 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I had not been keeping up with the news and was surprised to hear that Robin Williams had also been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. You've done a remarkable job of researching and putting together a reader-friendly article about a most challenging and mysterious malady. Thank you for enlightening your readers about this topic in a most professional manner.

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      C_MarieWeber 2 years ago from Wichita

      Thank you for sharing. I have a family member with Parkinson's and it can be devastating.

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      Melanie Zetterberg 2 years ago from Covington, Louisiana

      I agree Parkinson's can be very devastating. So glad that something I was able to share could help you.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 2 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Interesting hub, good job.

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