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What is Parkinson’s disease?

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  • Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system
  • Neurons die, leaving the brain with a deficit of a chemical called dopamine
  • Approximately 1 million people in the United States have Parkinson’s

(CNN)Parkinson’s disease is a “progressive disorder of the nervous system,” according to the Mayo Clinic, that primarily affects a patient’s movement. It often starts with a small tremor in the hand or muscle stiffness and gets worse over time. There is no test for Parkinson’s, so it is occasionally misdiagnosed.

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