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[mass noun] A progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
- ‘There are people with Parkinson's disease who have elderly parents dependent on them when they, themselves, need care.’
- ‘Cells grown from stem cells could be used to treat a range of illnesses from Parkinson's disease and diabetes to heart disease.’
- ‘The depression associated with Parkinson's disease must be treated.’
- ‘Will embryonic stem cells be a useful source of dopamine neurons for transplant into patients with Parkinson's disease?’
- ‘The patients had had symptoms of Parkinson's disease for an average of 12 years.’
- ‘A lack of it is involved in Parkinson's disease, which causes tremors and twitches.’
- ‘In theory, they could be used to treat diseases such as diabetes, stroke and Parkinson's disease.’
- ‘In fact epilepsy is more than three times as common as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and cerebral palsy.’
- ‘What use may these cells, which can be turned into other tissues, be to people with diabetes or Parkinson's disease?’
- ‘A reduction of dose would lead to a worsening of motor symptoms, counter to the primary aim of treating Parkinson's disease.’
- ‘Persistent sounds could be a symptom of a serious condition such as a brain tumor or Parkinson's disease.’
- ‘In Parkinson's disease, production of a substance called dopamine in the brain is reduced.’
- ‘This occurs in conditions including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and Parkinson's disease.’
- ‘In later life he had what his colleagues regarded as Parkinson's disease or a related movement disorder, from which he died.’
- ‘Acupuncture may also help Parkinson's disease, by calming the tremors and easing stiffness.’
- ‘Many neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease and stroke, affect the timings of the muscle activity.’
- ‘Stem cells could be used to introduce healthy, dopamine producing neurones in the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease.’
- ‘Advances in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, asthma and strokes have all been made as a result of research with primates.’
- ‘These types of drugs are used to slow the progression Parkinson's disease.’
- ‘Discoveries could ultimately lead to cures for Parkinson's disease and other illnesses.’
Late 19th century: named after James Parkinson (1755–1824), English surgeon.
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