Introduction to Parkinson's Science

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This is Section 2 of The Science Behind Parkinson's Disease - a Wikiversity learning project:

A structured learning section where the science behind Parkinson's is explained for those who are new to the subject.

Aim: To help people get to grips with the basic biology that is relevant for understanding the pathology of Parkinson's and for following the research being done in this field.

Section structure:

First, questions that arise when a person is first diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Then, on subsequent pages, questions that naturally follow on as more is learned about the condition.

Also, pointers throughout to background material to deepen necessary knowledge of biological topics.

An invitation is extended to help design and develop this section.

See the Discussion page for the development of this section.

Subpages for this network of questions and answers are now being compiled.

Start down the pathway to understand the science behind Parkinson's[edit]

Questions and Answers
Start with some early questions you may have:
  • What has caused me to have Parkinson's?
  • Does Parkinson's reduce life expectancy?
  • Is Parkinson's contagious?
  • What are the usual early symptoms and what confirms the diagnosis?
  • How will the disease progress?
More questions
Some background information
Other related background topics
Neurons and Neurotransmitters
Cells and Cytology


Browse all questions and answers in Section 2: An Introduction to Parkinson's Science


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