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One in every 500 New Zealan­ders has Parkin­son’s — around 10,000 peo­ple.

A re­cent study from the Brain Re­search In­sti­tute in Christchurch pre­dicts the num­ber of peo­ple with Parkin­son’s will dou­ble in the next 25 years.

Parkin­son’s is a pro­gres­sive neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion that oc­curs when in­suf­fi­cient quan­ti­ties of the chem­i­cal dopamine are pro­duced by the brain

A large num­ber of peo­ple with Parkin­son’s are aged over 65 with the av­er­age age of di­ag­no­sis be­ing 59. How­ever, many New Zealan­ders are di­ag­nosed with early-on­set Parkin­son’s in their 30s and 40s.

The mo­tor symp­toms of Parkin­son’s are tremor (shak­ing), stiff­ness and rigid­ity, slow­ness of move­ment.

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