Research on alpha-synuclein, a lead target for therapy to slow or stop Parkinson’s and potential marker of disease progression, is quickly advancing, and scientists are learning more about this protein’s role in Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s disease is caused by a degeneration of the cells which produce dopamine in the substantia nigra area of the brain.

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Motor Symptoms

Most common motor symptoms are: resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and lack of coordination. Other symptoms are hypomimia, hypophonia, and micrographia.

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Everyone responds in a different way when told they have Parkinson’s disease. For some, the diagnosis may be a relief. Others, however, may find themselves in denial and may need some time to accept the diagnosis.

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Caregivers (also known as carers and care partners) of those living with Parkinson’s Disease provide ongoing assistance and support to the emotional, spiritual and social needs of another person.

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Nonmotor Symptoms

Most common non-motor symptoms are: cognitive and mood changes, drooling, changes in taste and smell, constipation, urinary problems, pain, insomnia, and fatigue.

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Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) is defined as a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease between the ages of 21 and 55. YOPD accounts for 35% of all cases of Parkinson’s.

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There are many causes of tremors and other symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and it may take time to make an accurate diagnosis. A neurologist who specializes in movement disorders is the best person to make or confirm a diagnosis.

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About Parkinson Newfoundland & Labrador

Established in 1990, Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, and is supported by donations from individuals, members, corporations, foundations and the dedicated efforts of volunteers.