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Diagnosis of Parkinson's disease: why patient education matters

Joy Reid, BN, RN.Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist, Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Victoria Hospital, FifeParkinson's disease is a progressive neurological condition, which affects over 120 000 people in the UK. It is caused by the premature death of cells in the substantia nigra in the brain, which produce dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that facilitates voluntary movements in the body, for example, walking, talking, eating and smiling.

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