retire from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s last autumn. The much loved Londoner is one of 127,000 Brits who suffers from the neurological condition, which causes difficulties with movement and trembling.Bob Hoskins, 69, is to
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It is the same illness suffered by actor Michael J Fox and boxer Muhammad Ali.
What does Parkinson’s do?
Parkinson’s is a brain condition that affects around one in every 500 people in the UK. It causes the loss of nerve cells in the brain, leading to a reduction in the amount of dopamine. This affects the sufferer’s movements, which become more difficult and slower. It is not a fatal condition but symptoms tend to get worse over time.
Symptoms of Parkinson’sMovement problems are a key symptom of Parkinson’s disease, which is characterised by slow movements, rigidity and tremors. Other symptoms include tiredness and depression, constipation and pain.
Symptoms vary hugely from person to person but initially many sufferers notice problems with their hand-eye co-ordination, making basic tasks such as writing difficult.
Treatment for Parkinson's
Currently there is no prevention or cure available for Parkinson’s and experts cannot explain why some people develop the condition.
Daiga Heisters from Parkinson’s UK said: “Many people can live a full and active life with their diagnosis of Parkinson's. However, it does affect some people quickly and severely.
"The important thing is that there is plenty of support available for those living with the condition.”
Symptoms can be eased with a combination of drugs, therapies and surgery. Drug treatments aim to improve the balance of dopamine in the brain, therapies help people live with the effects of the condition on a daily basis and surgery is only used rarely for severe cases to control involuntary spasm and movements.
Heisters added: "If anyone would like advice or support about Parkinson's they can call our free, confidential helpline 0808 800 0303 or www.parkinsons.org.uk."