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2019/20 Parkinson's UK



What is
Parkinson's?


 



Parkinson's
is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in
the brain and gets worse over time. 



The number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's in
the UK is about 145,000. But we know that more than 1 million people in
the UK are affected, either by living with Parkinson’s, or as a friend,
colleague, or family member of someone who is.



 



Parkinson's develops when
cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These
brain cells produce a chemical called dopamine.

Symptoms start to appear when
the brain can’t make enough dopamine to control movement properly.



 



There are 3 main symptoms -
tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle stiffness) - but
there are many other symptoms too.



 



Helpline           0808 800 0303



 



hello@parkinsons.org.uk



 



or contact



 



https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/



 



 







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