Archivos de la categoría: Parkinson disease

What is neurotransmitter

A biochemical substance that facilitates communication among neurons. There are dozens of neurotransmitters. Those that are the most active in the brain are acEtylcholinE, DOPAMINE, EPINEPHRINE, GLUTAMATE, NOREPINEPH-RINE, GAMMA-A...

What is multiple system atrophy (MSA)

A triad of coexisting neurodegenerative disorders that manifest collective symptoms of autonomic, ataxic (cerebellar), and extrapyramidal (parkinsonian) dysfunctions. The predominant set of symptoms determines the commonly assigne...

What is mercury

A metal that is highly toxic to the nervous system at very low levels of exposure. Mercury is one of the world’s most common industrial pollutants and is a particular problem when it settles to the bottom of waterways (including t...

What is Lewy body

An abnormal deposit of protein, primarily alpha-synuclein, within a neuron, which is characteristically round and of greater density than the surrounding cell structure. The presence of Lewy bodies in the neurons of the substantia...

What is fava bean

A legume that is a natural source of levodopa, the dopamine precursor taken to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. When ingested, levodopa becomes converted to dopamine in the body and in the brain. Fava beans also are call...

What is Eldercare Locator

The U.S. Administration on Aging sponsors a free information and referral service that provides connections to programs and assistance for senior citizens throughout the United States. Established in 1991, this service is telephon...

What is do not resuscitate (DNR) orders

Written instructions to health care providers stating the desire that should a person have a respiratory or cardiac crisis, there be no “heroic” efforts made to revive him or her. When there is a progressive, neurodegenerative con...

What is coping with ongoing care of Parkinson’s

Regardless of symptom severity at diagnosis, Parkinson’s disease requires ongoing care and attention to the physical, emotional, and financial needs such care encompasses. Physical Needs In the early stages of Parkinson’s disease ...