There are approximately 120,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease. It has an occurrence of one in every 500 of the general population. Around a further 10,000 individuals are diagnosed each year.
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About Parkinson's disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that affects movements, such as talking, walking and writing. The condition generally develops in older people, with symptoms usually appearing in people over the age of 50, although younger people may be diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s.
Parkinson's is caused by the loss of cells in the brain that produce dopamine, an important neurotransmitter (a chemical that carries signals between the neurons in the brain), which enables us to perform smooth, coordinated movements. The reason as to why these cells are damaged is currently unknown. Therefore more research into the disease is necessary to increase our understanding of Parkinson’s and how it can best be treated.