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Week 1 Assignment
SOC313: Social Implications of Medical Issues (CGF1347A)
Instructor: Ty Little
11/23/2013

Parkinson’s disease can take a toll on the patient and the family members. This disease can make a person feel like there is no hope, but there is. There are many people out there; about 1 million Americans have been diagnosed. There is research happening every day to try and find a cure for this. In the 21st century it shows genetics are what causes this with 6 different genes but they have yet to pinpoint what causes. Nerve cells make an important chemical called dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the part of your brain that controls movement. It lets your muscles move smoothly and do what you want them to do. There are four major signs that you may have Parkinson’s:
Tremors, which means shaking or trembling. Tremor may affect your hands, arms, or legs.
Stiff muscles.
Slow movement.
Problems with balance or walking. There are many factors in what can cause Parkinson’s; this is why there is such a hard search for a cure. According to the video, a person who shot up Heroin gave him instant Parkinson’s, it was tainted. It is hard to figure out how to cure since it can happen to people in different ways. There is a drug out there that many people with Parkinson are prescribed, this is called Sinement (Carbidopa/Levodopa) there is extended release and immediate release of this drug and has been shown to not cure but to help with the symptoms. Now they are doing stem cell research to help people they are cells that can be put back in the brain and restart the dopamine, from abortive tissue and transferring them into patients. There are many problems with stem cell research. One of the problems is the religious groups that wish to have the research stopped. They believe that killing an embryo is the same as aborting a fetus in a…...

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