Discovered in 1817 by a British doctor who gave his name, Parkinson’s disease affects 4 million people worldwide. On the 100 000 to 150 000 likely PD in France, only 80,000 are known and followed. Too often still slow and earthquakes are attributed to the simple effect of aging.
Each year 8 000 new cases occur. Although this disease usually starts between the ages of 55 and 65, 5 to 10% of patients suffer at well less advanced ages (between 30 and 55 years).
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Discovered in 1817, Parkinson’s disease is still far from having delivered all its secrets. Affecting the nervous system, its cause is still not known. The disease is characterized by the disappearance of a small number of nerve cells (neurons) that secrete a neurotransmitter called dopamine involved in the proper functioning of many regions of the brain, and essential to the survival of cells. Continue reading “Parkinson’s disease questions”