Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder that causes uncontrollable movements such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. With more than 10 million people impacted worldwide, it’s important to understand what Parkinson’s is and what warning signs to watch for in yourself or your loved ones.
Symptoms of this neurodegenerative disorder typically develop slowly over years, and its progression is different in every person. People with Parkinson’s are likely to experience tremors, slowness, stiffness, and balance problems. Experts recommend you watch for the following 10 symptoms of Parkinson’s. If you or your loved one shows more than one sign, it’s important to schedule a check-up with your doctor.
As of today, the cause for Parkinson’s is still unknown, although experts believe it’s a combination of genetic and environmental factors. While there’s not cure, there are a variety of treatment options that can help provide relief. The disease itself is not fatal, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) the 14th cause of death in the United States is complications from Parkinson’s.
Science Care donors continually play a key role in scientific advancements. Our donor community has contributed to numerous recent projects aimed at enhancing quality of life through advancing the means by which the medical profession understands Parkinson’s.
Through each of these examples, researchers and educators utilized donated tissues and fluids to increase the accuracy and provide earlier detection of diseases, which helps the medical community to not only better diagnose, but provide treatments tailored more specifically to an individual patient based on their disease state and/or its progression.
For more information on Parkinson’s Disease, visit https://www.parkinson.org/.