Parkinsons Disease

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The ailments and conditions that afflict people today can be confusing, disturbing, and painful-both emotionally and physically. The Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series provides clear, careful explanations that offer readers and researchers insight into what these conditions are, what causes them, how people live with them, and the latest about treatment and prevention. All volumes in the series include primary and secondary viewpoints, bibliographies, detailed indexes, and lists of organizations to contact for additional information.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Understanding Parkinson's Disease

1 An Overview of Parkinson's Laith Farid Gulli Ken R. Wells 16

2 The Medicines of Parkinson's Nutan Sharma Elaine Richman 27

3 Surgical Treatments for Parkinson's William J. Weiner Lisa M. Shulman Anthony E. Lang 34

4 The Future of Parkinson's Disease 48

Chapter 2 The Controversial Side of Parkinson's

1 GDNF Is Beneficial to Parkinson's Patients Linda Herman 61

2 GDNF Is Harmful to Parkinson's Patients Amgen Inc. 66

3 A Low-Calorie Diet May Help in the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease 70

4 A High-Fat Diet May Help in the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease Ben Harder 76

5 Embryonic Stem Cells Are More Important than Other Stem Cells in Parkinson's Research Alix Rogers 81

6 Adult Stem Cells Are More Important than Embryonic Stem Cells in Parkinson's Research Jean Peduzzi-Nelson 88

Chapter 3 The Personal Side of Parkinson's

1 Laughing with Parkinson's 95

2 Losing the Ability to Dance Pamela Quinn 101

3 Participating in a Controlled Study of Parkinson's Lynda McKenzie Barbara Blake-Krebs Linda Herman 106

4 Being Diagnosed with Parkinson's Glenna Wotton Atwood 116

Glossary 125

Chronology 129

Organizations to Contact 133

For Further Reading 136

Index 139

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