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  1. 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 ...

  2. Parkinson's Disease: Other Symptoms - Topic Overview

    Most people know that Parkinson's disease is a condition that affects how you move. But the breakdown of nerve cells in Parkinson's disease can cause other symptoms. These other symptoms,also called "non-motor" symptoms,include: Constipation. This is a common problem,mostly related to the breakdown of the nerve cells that control involuntary body functions (the autonomic nervous system ). ...

  3. Parkinson's Disease - Medications

    Medications are often used as treatment for Parkinson's disease symptoms. These drugs include levodopa and dopamine agonists.

  4. Thalamotomy for Parkinson's Disease

    Thalamotomy is the precise destruction of a tiny area of the brain called the thalamus that controls some involuntary movements.

  5. Parkinson's Disease: Levodopa Versus Dopamine Agonists - Topic Overview

    No known treatment can stop or reverse the breakdown of nerve cells that causes Parkinson's disease. But medicine can relieve many symptoms of the disease.Treatment is different for every person. And the type of treatment you will need may change as the disease progresses. Your age, work status, family, and living situation can all affect decisions about when to begin treatment, what types of treatment to use, and when to make changes in treatment. As your medical condition changes, you may need regular adjustments in your treatment to balance quality-of-life issues, side effects of treatment, and treatment costs.The decision to start taking medicine, and which medicine to take, will be different for each person with Parkinson's disease. Your doctor will be able to help you make these choices.For many years, levodopa has been the drug of choice for treating Parkinson's disease. Although many newer drugs have been developed, including the dopamine agonists (for example,

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ...

  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. MAO-B Inhibitors for Parkinson's Disease

    Drug details for Selegiline for Parkinson's disease.

  10. 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 ...

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