About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that results in decreased levels of dopamine in the striatum. The cause of Parkinson’s disease remains unknown.
Parkinson’s disease leads to multiple symptoms including rigidity, slowing of movement, and resting tremor.
Approximately one percent of adults over the age of 60 are affected by Parkinson’s disease. There are between 7-10 million patients worldwide.
Levodopa, an oral medication, treats patients in the earlier stages of the disease but has proven to have waning efficacy over time.
Some patients with advanced disease undergo a procedure called deep brain stimulation (DBS), in which a device is implanted in your brain and chest to provide electrical impulses to the brain
Currently there are no therapies available that slow or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
Some organizations that offer information, resources and support for patients with Parkinson’s disease include: