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Parkinson's Disease: A Guide to Online Resources: Overview

The information in this guide is recommended for Parkinson's Disease patients and their care givers.


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Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand, and the symptoms worsen as the condition progresses over time.

Parkinson's disease symptoms and signs may vary from person to person including:

  • Tremor
  • Slowed movement (bradykinesia)
  • Rigid muscles
  • Impaired posture and balance
  • Loss of automatic movements
  • Speech changes
  • Writing changes

    Environmental triggers (Exposure to certain toxins or environmental factors)

Risk Factors:
    Age: It usually begins in middle or late life, and the risk continues to increase with age.
    Heredity: Having a close relative with Parkinson's disease increases the chances that one could develop the disease.
    Sex: Men are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than are women.
    Exposure to toxins: Constant exposure to herbicides and pesticides could slightly increase risk of Parkinson's disease.


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Mahnaz Tehrani
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical Library

My PD Stories

National Parkinson Foundation has developed a page for patients to share their personal experiences. The stories are very inspiring and illustrate the challenges, triumphs and learning moments of those living with Parkinson's disease. 

To browse the stories click here.

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