Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition resulting from a shortage of Dopamine, a chemical that helps instructions from the brain to cross from one nerve cell to the next, in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which has to do with controlling movement.
- Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
- Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
- Slowness of movement
- Poor balance and coordination
Parkinson's affects about one person on every 500 and there is currently no cure.
Some resources which may be of interest are listed below:
- PubMed has a section dedicated to Parkinson's with an overview of the disorder as well as links to evidence based reviews and summaries for consumers at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024544/
- Selected articles from the journal 'Parkinson's disease' are available from PubMed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/1319
- The website of the Parkinson's Association of Ireland at www.parkinsons.ie has information on all aspects of the disorder in Ireland including links to support networks and information on treatments and medication