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Parkinson's Disease: Leicester scientists explain their "big breakthrough"

by Peter Bearne

Scientists in Leicester say they've made "an amazing new advance" in the battle against Parkinson's Disease. By experimenting on fruit flies, they've discovered that folic acid can prevent the disease developing.

A treatment for the incurable condition is still a long way off. But the Medical Research Council believes it's a big step forward. Peter Bearne reports.

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Being aware: symptoms of Parkinson's disease

A leading Parkinson's charity says 41 per cent of sufferers face discrimination, with around one in 10 facing verbal abuse.

Steve Ford, CEO of Parkinson's UK, says people need to know the symptoms to become more tolerable.

The symptoms most often associated with Parkinson's is shaking. However, there are many other symptoms of Parkinson's:

  • Slowness of movement
  • Muscle stiffness and cramps
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Disrupted thinking patterns
  • Insomnia

It's estimated that Parkinson's affects 1 in 500 people and there are currently 127,000 people with the condition in the UK.

Parkinson's UK is hoping people will be more tolerable following Parkinson's Awareness Week.

Being aware: Symptoms of Parkinson's disease

The symptoms of Parkinson's disease often develop in no particular order and usually begin slowly, before gradually developing.

The disease affects people in many different ways and has different levels of severity.

It's extremely important to be aware of the symptoms of Parkinson's:

  • Tremor/uncontrollable shaking
  • Slowness of movement
  • Muscle stiffness and cramps
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Disrupted thinking patterns
  • Insomnia

It's estimated that Parkinson's affects 1 in 500 people and there are currently 127,000 people with the condition in the UK.

For more information, you can visit the NHS website.

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Parkinson's disease awareness campaign launched in Midlands

Parkinson's UK has launched an awareness campaign in the Midlands after research it carried out found that four in five people, in the East Midlands, knew little to nothing about Parkinson's disease.

It's origins, symptoms and who it affects were also found to be facts that people didn't know.

Images illustrate how the brain mixes up images in Parkinson's disease sufferers
Images illustrate how the brain mixes up images in Parkinson's disease sufferers Credit: Parkinson's UK

The image above is part of the campaign. It is an illustration of how the brain mixes up images in a Parkinson's sufferer.

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