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Parkinson's Disease Demographics

Who Gets Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most common neurologic disorders and the most common neurodegenerative diseases in the world.  The pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease is quite well understood, albeit not completely. Dopaminergic neurons particularly in the substantia nigra, a part of the brain, becomes damaged gradually die leading to lower than normal levels of the brain hormone dopamine. Although this is known, the exact cause of this damage and cell death is not clearly understood. Risk factors including certain genetic mutations have been identified. However, these risks account for only a small proportion of PD cases. Analyzing the incidence and distribution of any disease also helps to provide clues to those at risk based on demographics despite not having any of the known risk factors. The study of this incidence of a disease is [… Read More]

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Parkinson's Disease Demographics

Early Onset of Parkinson’s Disease – YOPD (Young Onset)

Parkinson’s disease is often associated with older persons, over the age of 50, but a significant number of cases starts within the 40s. Usually these signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s goes unnoticed either due to the low intensity, of symptoms, ignorance about this disease or fear about confronting the prospect of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.