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Running Head: PARKINSON’S DISEASE1Parkinson’s DiseaseLorie WrayProfessor Mary LeusinkBIOL 102, Human BiologyMarch 5, 2018Liberty University
PARKINSON’S DISEASE2IntroductionDisease to be DiscussedThe disease that will be discussed in this paper is Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative brain disorder that affects about 500,000 people in the United States.[Sta17]Organ Systems AffectedParkinson’s Disease affects the Muscular System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, Cardiovascular System, Urinary System, Integumentary System, and Digestive System.Overview of Parkinson’s DiseaseParkinson’s Disease is a deteriorating and progressive disorder of the central nervous system that primarily affects the motor system. Typical symptoms of this disease include tremors, slowness in movement (bradykinesia), rigidity and instability of posture.[Lew07] Othernonmotor symptoms include fatigue, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances, such as insomnia.DescriptionDisease ProcessGenerally, Parkinson’s Disease slowly progresses with more distinct symptoms that develop over several years. There are five stages of Parkinson’s disease. Stage 1 is the mildest form of Parkinson’s disease. There can be symptoms at this stage, but they are not serious enough to interfere with daily tasks and general lifestyle. Stage 2 is considered a moderate form of Parkinson’s disease. Some obvious symptoms include stiffness, tremors, trembling might be more noticeable, and changes in facial expression can happen. Stage 3 is the middle stage in Parkinson’s disease. A lot of the symptoms are the same as in Stage 2, though, a person is more
PARKINSON’S DISEASE3likely to experience loss of balance and decreased reflexes.