Archivos de la categoría: Parkinson disease

What is estrogen

The predominant hormone responsible for female secondary sexual characteristics. The ovaries produce most of the estrogen in a woman’s body. Estrogen levels are at their peak in women between menarche (the start of menstruation) a...

What is drooling

Saliva accumulates when the muscles of the face, mouth, and throat become impaired, interfering with swallowing. When this happens, the pooled saliva drips from the mouth. The clinical term for drooling is sialorrhea. Drooling is ...

What is depression

A prolonged or intense state in which a person feels deep sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, or guilt. Most people experience brief periods of these feelings, often related to events or circumstances in their life...

What is imipramine

An antidepressant medication. Imipramine belongs to the family of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. It was one of the first antidepressants to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and was first released a...

What is carbidopa

A dopa decarboxylase (DDC) inhibitor drug taken in combination with lev-odopa to treat the neuromuscular symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. DDC is an enzyme the body releases that acts quickly to metabolize levodopa, which is an ami...

What is benserazide

A dopa dEcarboxylasE (DDC) inhibitor drug taken in combination with lev-odopa to increase the amount of lEvodopa that crosses the blood-brain barrier to become converted into dopaminE. DDC acts quickly to metabolize levodopa as it...

What is apathy

A lack of motivation, interest, and energy. Apathy is an early and progressive symptom of dementia in Parkinson’s disease. As well, apathy is a symptom of depression, which also occurs as a symptom of Parkinson’s as well as a resp...

What is alcohol and Parkinson’s disease

Recent studies show that people who regularly drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol have a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease than people who drink no alcohol at all. The reasons for these findings remain unclear, however...