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September 9, 2013

Neurologist: Parkinson's disease not a death sentence

Early diagnosis and treatments allow people to live more productive lives



The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Did you know According to the National Parkinson Foundation, people with Parkinson's disease can experience tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity and stooping. Other symptoms include loss of smell, dizziness, trouble sleeping, quieter speech, constipation and cramped handwriting. The Foundation says the symptoms of the disease are not always obvious and can go unnoticed for an extended period of time before a diagnosis. Memory loss and trouble thinking are not signs of the disease. The Foundation also says the prevalence of the disease in the United States is expected to increase substantially in the next 20 years due to a rapidly aging population.

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