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Parkinson's disease is also called primary parkinsonism for which no cause has yet been found.     Learn more...
Parkinson has no cure but a variety of medications provide dramatic relief from the symptoms.     Learn more...
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Pakistan Parkinson’s Society (PPS) aims to ease the life of people afflicted with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and their care givers including families, by improving general understanding and management of the disease. PPS will promote dialogue between medical science and civil society by supporting and encouraging the free flow of information and propagating best practices.
Parkinson's disease may be one of the most baffling and complex of the neurological disorders. Its cause remains a mystery but research in this area is active, with new and intriguing findings constantly being reported.
Parkinson's disease was first described in 1817 by James Parkinson, a British physician who published a paper on what he called "the shaking palsy." In this paper, he set forth the major symptoms of the disease that would later bear his name. For the next century and a half, scientists pursued the causes and treatment of the disease. They defined its range of symptoms, distribution among the population, and prospects for cure.
In the early 1960s, researchers identified a fundamental brain defect that is a hallmark of the disease: The loss of brain cells that produce a chemical "Dopamine" that helps direct muscle activity. This discovery pointed to the first successful treatment for Parkinson's disease and suggested ways of devising new and even more effective therapies.
Parkinson’s cases expected to double worldwide by 2030
A research study conducted at the University of Rochester has predicted that the number of people in the world with Parkinson’s disease will double by 2030. The study looked at data from 15 most populous nations of the world and concluded that the number of people with Parkinson’s will double.
The bulk of the growth in Parkinson’s disease in the next 25 years will not be the in the United States and Europe, but in other places namely China. This growth will occur in societies where there is limited infrastructure in place to diagnose individuals, much less address their medical needs or societal impact.
Newly Diagnosed
If you have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you probably have quite a few questions. This section should help you find the information you need. Parkinson’s affects people in very different ways, so no two people will have exactly the same symptoms or experience of Parkinson’s.
Your attitude to life is very important. If you have Parkinson’s, try not to be discouraged or depressed if you find that your condition slows you down or makes certain routine activities more difficult. Experts would also advise you to keep working at your own pace, and retain as many of your leisure activities as you can, and to keep yourself as active and healthy as possible.
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