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Test Your Knowledge About Parkinson's Disease

Thank you for testing your knowledge on Parkinson's disease. Find out the correct answers and how other Care2 members responded.

Who is most likely to be affected by Parkinson's disease?

  • Men
    47%
     
  • Women
    18%
     
  • Latinos
    1%
     
  • Caucasians
    15%
     
  • None of the above - Correct! Parkinson's disease does not discriminate when it comes to victims, showing no gender, social, ethnic, economic or geographic boundaries. Research does, however, suggest age may be a factor, as 85 percent of cases reported developed after the age of 65.
    16%
     
3345 responses

Signs of Parkinson's disease may include:

  • Tremors/shaking
    6%
     
  • Difficulty with balance
    0%
     
  • Shuffling walk
    0%
     
  • Depression
    0%
     
  • All of the above - Correct! All of the above can be signs of Parkinson's disease. Other signs may include slowness of movement, stiffness, cramped handwriting, stiff facial expression or muffled speech.
    91%
     
3345 responses

Parkinson's affects which part of the body?

  • Brain - Correct! Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder. It occurs when certain nerve cells in a part of the brain die or become impaired. Normally, these cells produce a vital chemical, dopamine, which allows coordinated function of the body's muscles and movement. When approximately 80 percent of the dopamine-producing cells are damaged, the symptoms of Parkinson's disease appear.
    99%
     
  • Heart
    0%
     
  • Lungs
    0%
     
  • Kidneys
    0%
     
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What is the cure for Parkinson's?

  • Surgery
    0%
     
  • Up to 5 pills daily
    0%
     
  • Physical therapy
    0%
     
  • There is no cure, just treatment options - Correct! There currently is no cure for Parkinson's disease, but a number of treatment options are available. Surgery can help alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson's, including shaking. New medicines are increasingly available that slow the progression and improve the lives of those living with the disease.
    98%
     
3345 responses

How is Parkinson's diagnosed?

  • Blood test
    14%
     
  • MRI
    26%
     
  • X-ray
    0%
     
  • None of the above - Correct! Parkinson's is difficult to diagnose, and no test can ultimately determine whether a patient has Parkinson's disease. But blood tests and MRI scans can help eliminate the possibility of other diseases with similar symptoms. If you or a loved one has signs of Parkinson's, it is best to see a neurologist who specializes in Parkinson's.
    58%
     
3345 responses