Defining Parkinson's (01:26)
Experts explain how the progressive neurodegenerative disease creates a dopamine shortage, affecting muscle movement.
Parkinson's Symptoms (00:48)
Tremors, muscle stiffness, and difficulties with movement, balance and breathing can affect patients.
Parkinson's Prevalence (01:26)
Genetic and environmental factors are likely to contribute to the disease, affecting 6 million worldwide. Prevalence and incidence increase with advancing age.
Parkinson's Case Studies (02:32)
A young woman's age made it difficult for doctors to diagnose her symptoms. An older man describes his daily life with the disease.
Diagnosing Parkinson's (01:40)
Doctors diagnose the disease based on the patient's medical history, symptom progression, and a clinical examination.
Treating Parkinson's (Graphic) (03:52)
Medication or surgery is used as the disease progresses; learn patient selection criteria. View an operation using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy to target specific brain areas.
Physiotherapy for Parkinson's (02:18)
Learn physical therapy techniques and strategies that help patients cope with "freezing", or sudden immobility.
Exercise for Parkinson's (01:30)
A patient describes her experience with physiotherapy; swimming, walking, stationary bike, yoga, tai chi and Pilates are generally effective.
Living with Parkinson's (01:30)
A patient describes her social support network for coping with the disease.
Parkinson's Outlook (02:15)
Learn details of an electronic monitoring system providing doctors with patient data. Efforts to improve treatment include gene and stem cell therapy research.
Parkinson's Conclusion (02:33)
If patients adhere to therapy programs, Parkinson's is considered a manageable disease. A woman describes lifestyle changes she's made since being diagnosed.
Credits: Parkinson’s: Disease and…Ease (02:13)
Credits: Parkinson’s: Disease and…Ease
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