Archivos de la categoría: Parkinson disease

What is equilibrium

A state of being in balance. Delays in muscle response cause disturbances in physical equilibrium in a person with Parkinson’s disease, as the body is unable to respond appropriately to adjust to changes in posture and movement. C...

What is dopaminergic medications

anti parkinson’s medications that convert to or act in the same way as dopamine in the brain. There are two kinds of dopaminergic drugs, dopamine agonist medications and dopamine precursor drugs. Dopaminergic medications have nume...

What is dendrite

The branchlike structure that extends from the top of a neuron to receive signals. Like axons (the taillike structures that extend from the bottom of a neuron to send signals), dendrites reach into the synapse, or corridor, betwee...

What is cognitive function

The collective abilities to think, reason, analyze, and remember. From the Latin word meaning “to come to know,” cognition encompasses awareness and judgment. This term reflects the significance not only of receiving information, ...

What is caffeine

A stimulant drug common in drinks such as coffee, tea, and cola, and in foods including chocolate. Caffeine is an ingredient of hundreds of medications because of its ability to potentiate, or enhance, the effectiveness of pain dr...

What is bedsores

Ulcers on the skin that result from extended pressure, also called decubitus ulcers. Bedsores are so-called because they tend to develop in people who are bedridden and infrequently change position. However, any condition that lim...

What is Huntington’s disease

An inherited neurodegen-erative disease characterized by motor symptoms such as chorea (writhing, dancelike movements) and dystonia (rigid and distorted muscles) and by cognitive dysfunction and memory loss. Symptoms tend to begin...

What is agitation

Intense feelings and behaviors that often appear as excitement or extreme restlessness. In general, agitation can be a sign of many conditions including psychosis and age-related dementia. Agitation in Parkinson’s disease can occu...