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Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinsons disease

What is Parkinson's?

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. What this means is that individuals with PD will be living with PD for twenty years or more from the time of diagnosis. However, having PD does not mean you cannot have a good quality of life. Because there is no cure, your doctors will be focused and dedicated to finding treatments that help control the symptoms of PD and enable you to manage your PD. If you or someone you know has Parkinson's disease you are not alone.  In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD.  In fact, it is estimated that four to six million people around the world suffer from the condition. There is hope, however, as scientists work towards a cure and make progress in identifying the best treatment options for patients.

How is Parkinson's Treated?

Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Instead, therapy is directed at treating the symptoms that are most bothersome to an individual with Parkinson’s disease.  For this reason, there is no standard or “best” treatment for Parkinson’s disease that applies to every patient.  NPF is currently gathering the data to develop an individualized best approach to patient care.  Treatment approaches include medication andsurgical therapy.  Other treatment approaches include general lifestyle modifications (rest and exercise), physical therapy, support groups, occupational therapy and speech therapy. In this section, you will become more familiar with the different types of medications commonly prescribed for PD, other alternative therapies, and surgical treatment options. Recent studies have implicated that a treatment is better than no treatment. In other words, medications and therapies may modify the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

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News and Updates:

Common chemical linked to Parkinson's 

11/14/2011

NPF National Medical Director Dr. Michael S. Okun comments in an article linking trichloroethylene (TCE), commonly found in metal degreasers, metal cleaners, paint, spot removers and carpet-cleaning fluids, to Parkinson's disease. Read the full article

Resources:

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Website

NPF E-Newsletter

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