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Re: Parkinson's disease [HAPP-L]



My understanding is that they become so debilitated that they die 
of complications such as pneumonia.
Henry Ruschin
HAPS President
Humber College
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Date sent:      	Mon, 23 Oct 2000 16:17:49 -0400
From:           	"Sheri Boyce" <SBoyce@messiah.edu>
To:             	<HAPP-L@scimath.imperial.cc.ca.us>
Subject:        	Parkinson's disease [HAPP-L] 
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> For HAPSters with a neuroscience background:
> 
> In discussing Parkinson's disease, I've always emphasized the typical
> motor signs (i.e. resting tremor, rigidity, paucity of movement).  A
> student just asked me "what do Parkinson's patients die of?"   Is there a
> typical cause of death that is a direct result of basal ganglia
> dysfunction, or do they die from other age-related problems like
> pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, falls, etc?
> 
> thanks!
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Sheri L. Boyce, PhD
> Assistant Professor of Biology
> Department of Natural Sciences
> Messiah College
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> 
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