Research Paper On Parkinson's Disease

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Today, up to 1 million Americans live with Parkinson's disease. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year, not including the thousands of cases that go undetected. An estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living the Parkinson’s disease. After reading these statistics found from Michael J. Fox Organization, it is obvious that this disease is a major problem. But what is it exactly? People with Parkinson’s disease lack dopamine-producing nerve cells, or neurons, since the disease targets and kills these cells. Dopamine is important for us because it is a chemical that allows messages to be sent of the parts of the brain that control movements and some forms of thinking. The disease also affects…show more content…
Along with this their movements slow down, and they might also lose their sense of smell. In some cases they might suffer from sleep disorders, depression, constipation. In later stages dementia, which, according to Google Definitions, is defined as a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. Dementia might occur as the disease spreads out to involve other nerve cells. To this day scientists still don’t know for sure what causes Parkinson’s disease. In 1 in 20 causes, Parkinson’s is inherited from genetics, although there is still the other 95% of cases that aren’t clear. More generally it affects people over 40, although it can appear in younger people. Men are more at risk than women. Smoking and coffee appear to reduce the risk of getting the disease, without a known reason. But there must be some other way to stop this disease, or to cure it. This other way includes using stem…show more content…
There is still more research that needs to be done in order to accomplish a method to prevent Parkinson’s disease, as the cause for it is still not found. Hopefully the research of stem cells will speed up the process, so that the statistics for Parkinson’s disease will decrease instead of rise. It is a hard and difficult concept, especially since there is so much controversy. The controversy should also be resolved since the research of stem cells is ethical and not inhumane, and that there have been found better and less unpleasant methods to get the required stem cells in order to cure these diseases. At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to help people live healthy and long lives, preventing the most diseases as

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