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Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Joel Edwards

Parkinsons diseaseIn Alberta there are 8500 people with Parkinsons diseaseEd LangloisDiagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 2003 at the age of 59 Today hes 68 and coping wellFirst noticed PD symptoms in 2000His handwriting started to become smaller and difficult to readSlight quivering or shaking in right armLess tolerant in handling stressIn 2003 he didnt know what PD wasInitially thought it must be terminal this concerned him This led him to do some researchParkinsons HistoryWe dont know exactly when PD was first discovered but there is evidence that medical scientists have been treating Parkinsons for thousands of yearsIn modern times Dr James Parkinson formally recognized Parkinsons in an artical published in 1817 An Essay on the Shaking PalsyFor the next 125 years there were no effective treatments discovered it was thought to be a terminal diseaseIn the 194050s neurosurgeons began to perform brain surgery which resulted in improvements in PD symptomsonly problem was about 12 of patients diedIn1960s researchers identified that the brains of people with PD had low levels of dopamine a brain chemical that allows for smooth coordinated movements
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