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  1. Parkinson's Disease - Cause

    The links between Parkinson's disease and factors such as genetics, aging, toxins in the environment, and free radicals are all under investigation.

  2. Parkinson's Disease and Speech Problems - Topic Overview

    Parkinson's disease can affect the muscles of the lips,tongue,throat,voice box (larynx),and lungs,all of which are involved in producing speech. Stiff,slow muscles in these areas may lead to: Low voice volume or soft speech. Imprecise speech sounds. Speaking too fast or too slow. Monotonous voice. Hoarseness. A speech therapist (also called a speech-language pathologist) can help you ...

  3. Parkinson's Disease - Symptoms

    The most common symptoms of Parkinson's disease include tremor or shaking, stiff muscles and achiness, limited movement, and difficulty with balance.

  4. Deep Brain Stimulation

    Deep brain stimulation uses electrical impulses to stimulate a target area in the brain. The stimulation affects movement by altering the activity in that area of the brain. The procedure does not destroy any brain tissue, and stimulation can be stopped at any time by turning off the device that supplies the electrical impulses. Surgery is required to implant the equipment that produces the ...

  5. Parkinson-Plus Syndromes - Topic Overview

    Parkinson-plus syndromes are a group of neurological conditions that are similar to Parkinson's disease but have unique characteristics. These syndromes can be hard to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other conditions. Following are the four most common types of Parkinson-plus syndromes. Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) PSP is a rare disorder that,like Parkinson's disease,causes ...

  6. Parkinson's Disease and Tremors - Topic Overview

    The tremor of Parkinson's disease is not always severe,but it may affect many of your daily activities. To help control tremor in your hand or arm when you are trying to use the hand,press the affected elbow against your body to stabilize your upper arm and then perform the movement. Wearing a rigid brace across a joint or putting a little weight on the hand may help to reduce tremor and ...

  7. Neurological Exam for Parkinson's Disease - Topic Overview

    A detailed neurological exam should be part of a standard physical exam to diagnose Parkinson's disease and to separate Parkinson's disease from other conditions. Your family doctor or general practitioner can do this. Or you may be referred to a neurologist,which is a doctor who specializes in disorders of the nervous system (brain,spinal cord,peripheral nerves,and muscles). During this ...

  8. Parkinson's Disease - Home Treatment

    Home treatment can help you adjust as Parkinson's disease progresses and help you remain independent for as long as possible.

  9. Parkinson's Disease - Exams and Tests

    A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is based on your medical history and a thorough neurological exam. There are no lab tests that can diagnose Parkinson's disease.

  10. Parkinson's Disease - Treatment Overview

    Parkinson's disease can't be stopped or reversed by any known treatment; however, drugs or surgery can relieve many symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

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