December 17, 2014

A Parkinson's Encyclopedia: News, Symptoms, Treatments, Diagnosis, Biochemistry, Causes, Prevalence, People with, Books, Organizations, etc.

My online rambles brought me to a website that includes everything you always wanted to know about PD but were afraid to ask.
 
For instance, who knew that the Amish in the American northeast have the second highest incidence of PD in the world, after rural illiterate Egyptians along the Nile River? Or that Albanians have the highest per capita incidence of PD, and Ethiopians the lowest? Or that country dwellers, redheads, welders and Caucasians all carry clearly increased risk of developing the disease?

The are also synopses -- with links to detail -- about PD symptoms, treatments, prevalence, diagnosis, causes (biochemical, toxic, genetic), and history. There's also a list of famous people with PD, strange facts about the disease, and lists of PD books and organizations. 
The encyclopedic info about Parkisons's is assembled and maintained by Viartis, a group that describes itself this way:
Viartis are independent and entirely self funded medical researchers specialising in Parkinson's Disease, based in London, England. Viartis is not part of any other company, university or organisation, and have no religious or political allegiances. Articles are chosen solely on the basis of their medical significance or potential interest.
Enjoy the explorations:

PARKINSON'S DISEASE NEWS
Parkinson's Disease News covers all significant new research, reports, books, and resources concerning Parkinson's Disease. Articles are chosen on the basis of their significance or potential interest. Parkinson's Disease News

SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The primary symptoms of Parkinson's Disease are due to excessive muscle contraction, and can include rigidity, tremor, and slowness of movement, but can affect every system in the body. Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

TREATMENTS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The treatments of Parkinson's Disease can involve L-dopa in various forms, dopamine agonists, MAO inhibitors, Mucuna Pruriens, Nutrients, Deep Brain Stimulation, GDNF, Stem cell therapies. Treatments of Parkinson's Disease

DIAGNOSIS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease can involve methods such as the SPECT scan or PET scan, symptom questionnaires such as the UPDRS, and odour tests and transcranial sonography. Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease

BIOCHEMISTRY OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Parkinson's Disease is primarily due to insufficient formation of dopamine. Dopamine is produced naturally in the brain in the dopaminergic neurons with the use of specific nutrients. Biochemistry of Parkinson's Disease

CAUSES OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
There are a variety of causes of Parkinson's Disease including toxic causes, genetic causes, head trauma, drug induced, plus a number of medical disorders that can cause the same symptoms. Causes of Parkinson's Disease

TOXIC CAUSES OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
There are a number of known toxic causes of Parkinson's Disease, including : herbicides, insecticides, manganese, MPTP, solvents, carbon monoxide, mercury, cyanide, copper, lead. Toxic causes of Parkinson's Disease

GENETIC CAUSES OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
There are genetic causes of Parkinson's Disease, that can be inherited or acquired. They normally make somebody more prone to developing Parkinson's Disease rather than cause it. Genetic causes of Parkinson's Disease

PARKINSONISM
A Parkinsonism is a medical disorder, some of whose symptoms can coincide with those of Parkinson's Disease. Consequently somebody can be wrongly diagnosed as having Parkinson's Disease. Parkinsonism

PREVALENCE OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The prevalence of Parkinson's Disease : the highest, the lowest, the prevalence and incidence in each country, age distribution, gender differences, racial differences, occupational differences. Prevalence of Parkinson's Disease

HISTORY OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
The history of Parkinson's Disease from ancient times in India and China, and the Bible, the ancient Greeks, the Romans, Medieval, through the centuries until the modern day treatments. History of Parkinson's Disease

FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Famous people who have had Parkinson's Disease, including Muhammad Ali, Yasser Arafat, Salvador DalĂ­, General Franco, Adolf Hitler, Pope John Paul II, Chairman Mao. Famous people with Parkinson's Disease

STRANGE FACTS ABOUT PARKINSON'S DISEASE
From the bizarre to the unusual : Parkinson's Disease caused by eating bats, the 3 year old with Parkinson's Disease, medieval treatment using frankincense, myrrh and frogs. Strange facts about Parkinson's Disease

PARKINSON'S DISEASE BOOKS
Books concerning every aspect of Parkinson's Disease in reverse date order dealing with symptoms, treatments, surgery, management, nursing, history, biographies, autobiographies, novels. Parkinson's Disease Books

PARKINSON'S DISEASE ORGANISATIONS
There are Parkinson's Disease organisations all over the world, including the World, European and national organisations that provide information and assistance to patients and relatives. Parkinson's Disease Organisations



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