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Slide 1
Hello (Greet), my hot topic is ….
Tim Newman, who has Neuroscience degree at the University of Manchester, he gathers a lot of
medical research and peer-reviewed journals.
So, the article is very interesting, and it explains this whole problem associated with PD.
So, Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition, meaning it’s a disorder that affects the
dopamine producing neurons in an area of the brain and its essentially a disorder of the central
nervous system that affects movement.
So gradually overtime, someone who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, will generally develop more
symptoms as they age.
Overtime, even simple movements become very difficult and it quickly becomes a struggle.
Historically, Parkinson’s was rare as in 1855 for example, just 22 people living in the UK died
with Parkinson’s disease. Today in the US, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that
about half a million people are living with the disease, and about 7-10 million worldwide.
Globally, neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability. PD is the fastest-growing. In
1990-2015, the number of people living with PD doubled to more than 6.2 million. By 2040,
experts predict that number will reach 12 million.
Although pandemic is associated with diseases that can be spread from person to person,
Communicable … PD has shown very similar characteristics to these diseases. For instance, it
has become a global concern in every region in the world and pandemics move geographically as
its moving from West to East as demographics slowly change.
Slide 2
Since Parkinson’s primarily affects people as they grow older, the increase in average age means
that there as inevitably an increase in the prevalence of Parkinson’s.
It also affects the family of those who have the disease because they have to help take care of
them and it makes it difficult to cope with. There is a lot of restrictions throughout the daily
lifestyle because of their inability to properly move.
PD has a significant influence in the industrial industry as many studies show that there is a link
between many byproducts including specific pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals. Paraquat is
one of the common herbicides that are banned in 32 different countries, but not the U.S.
Slide 3
More research is needed to understand why the condition appears and how it progresses. This
could be very helpful in controlling the disease in the near future.
Of coarse this type of research isn’t cheap so there definitely needs to be more funding from
organizations and programs that could help with PD.
This could lead to the development of possibly different medications that could be more
effective. Currently, there is levodopa (LEE-VAH-DOPA), which was created a while ago, I
think 50 years or so, and it includes both psychological and physical side effects.
With recent analysis, most experts believe that this Parkinson’s problem could be a bit more
preventable.
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