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About Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that affects a patient's ability to move.  People with Parkinson's disease may experience tremors, slowness of movement, rigid muscles and difficulty with balance that may lead to falls.  Most people with Parkinson's disease are diagnosed after the age of 60, but the young can be affected as well.  The disease affects both men and women.  Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson's disease.  For more information go to Learn about Parkinson's Disease.

 


The Latest APDA News

Successful Parkinson's Walk 2014

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Many thanks to you for supporting the APDA Parkinson's Walk 2014!  Though participating at the walk, encouraging teams, and raising donations for the walk you helped to make it a great success!  Thank you to our sponsors, educational presenters,  information table sponsors and the over 50 Creighton PT students - class of 2016 who volunteer at the event!

New Genetic Discovery Especially Relevant for Early Onset

UCLA announced today that Dr. Ming Gou and her team of researchers have discovered a new gene involved in Parkinson's disease, which may help find a cure or even prevent the neurological disorder.  The APDA Scientific and Advisory Board, recognized the promise in Dr. Gou's genetic research, awarding her one of the organization's post-doctoral fellowships last year for her work on the PARK1/Pinken mutuation; work which led to findings about the development of early onset Parkinson's.

Now Dr. Gou and her team have discovered the MUL1 gene (also known as MULAN and MAPL) that helps reduce the amount of damage done by mutated genes to mitochondria and helps neurons in the brain remain healthy. For more information keep reading on the APDA National Young OnSet Center Web Site.

 

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