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Parkinsons Disease

             General Purpose: To make my audience aware of Parkinson's disease and allow them to gain some knowledge on the subject.
             Pattern of Organization: Topical order.
             Introduction: Imagine having resting and postural tremors, muscle slowness of movement, and postural imbalance to deal with on a daily basis, Well, that's what people suffering from the crippling disease known as Parkinson's. .
             Thesis/central idea: I"m going to explain a little about the Parkinson's disease, tell the stories of some famous Parkinson's sufferers, and the tell you where we are at right now on dealing with the disease and trying to find a cure.
             Establish credibility: I've read through numerous articles and books on the disease and have found many interesting facts. .
             I. A. Parkinson's disease is defined by as a disorder of the brain characterized by shaking and difficulty while walking, movement, and coordination. .
             B. The disease is associated with damage to a part of the brain that controls muscle movement.
             C. Parkinson's disease was first described in England in 1817 by James Parkinson. The disease affects approximately 2 out of 1,000 people, and most often develops after age 50. It affects both men and women and is one of the most common neurologic disorders of the elderly.
             D. Some alternative names for Parkinson's disease include paralysis agitans or shaking palsy.
             E. Parkinson's disease is caused by the deterioration of the nerve cells of the part of the brain that controls muscle movement. Deterioration of this area of the brain reduces the amount of dopamine available to the body. Without dopamine, the nerve cells cannot properly transmit messages, and this results in the loss of muscle function. In addition to the loss of muscle control, some people with Parkinson's disease become severely depressed. Although early loss of mental capacities is uncommon, with severe Parkinson's the person may exhibit overall mental deterioration (including dementia, hallucinations and so on).

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