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In the 200 years since James Parkinson wrote about the ‘Shaking Palsy’ in a seminal essay way back in 1817, the crippling movement disorder later named after him, has devastated the lives of millions of people around the world. Grimly enough, even as we head into another World Parkinson’s Day on April 11, the birthday of James Parkinson, the disease continues to defy a cure, crippling and killing people everywhere with remorseless disdain.

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Despite relentless scientific pursuit backed by powerful intellect and cutting edge technologies, mimicking the brain has proved beyond human capability. But undaunted by past failures, efforts to replicate the brain continue at leading-edge scientific facilities all around the world.

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Although advances made by medical research in recent years have dramatically improved our understanding of Parkinson’s disease, a cure remains elusive and millions of people continue to suffer from its debilitating symptoms, ranging from movement loss to impaired speech, posture and balance.

However, there is now far less reason to despair than before, as armed with an arsenal of superior medicines and support services, doctors are being able to battle the disease far more effectively than they could hope to even a few years ago.

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Every year, around the world Parkinson’s disease turns thousands of 60-plus men and women into helpless, trembling invalids, completely dependent on their caregivers for their survival. Lately, the disease has been reported to strike much younger people too—those in their 40s and 50s

Although exact data is difficult to find, it is estimated that millions of older people in the country are in the grip of Parkinson’s. These senior citizens are hounded not only by its crippling symptoms but also by a number of social stigmas arising almost entirely from lack of awareness of the disease.

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