Genetics project on Parkinsons

Genetics project on Parkinsons - some drug medications can...

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Definition of the disorder: Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition affecting movements such as walking, talking, and writing. It impacts the specific part of the brain (substantia nigra) which produces the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Description of the symptoms: The possible effects include tremors, muscular rigidity or stiffness, Bladykinesia, stooped posture, poor balance, short scuffing steps, stiff facial expressions, and depression. Cause of the disorder: It is caused by an unbalance of dopamine when the dopamine producing cells are lost. It is not a mutation and it may have a genetic link.
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How the disorder is inherited: No evidence that this disorder is inherited. It is rare to find more than one person in a family who has Parkinson’s. It is not located on a particular chromosome and since it is not inherited it can’t be dominant or recessive. How the disorder is treated: There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but
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Unformatted text preview: some drug medications can be taken to reduce the symptoms. Some include Eldepryl capsules, Permax, Pergolide, and Bromocriptine. Some gene therapys that help are physiotherapy and speech and language therapy. How the disorder is diagnosed: No tests that can be done. It develops gradually and its diagnosed based on medical history and a clinical examination. Genetic counseling is not an option. Surgery can be done but it is not going to cure the disorder. How many and what types of people are likely to have the disorder: Parkinsons affects people over the age of 50. It affects both men and women almost equally, but men are slightly more likely to develop it. In the United States, 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. 1.5 million Americans currently have Parkinsons disease. Application: Stem cell research and gene therapy are being done to find a treatment and cure for Parkinsons disease....
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