A comparative analysis of how Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali changed the world’s views on Parkinson’s disease
Department of Health Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Abstract: Parkinson’s disease is a disabling neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 6.3 million individuals in the world, including 1.5 million Americans and more than 100,000 Canadians. The incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, and its prevalence is expected to double by 2030. The main motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include resting tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, postural instability, loss of balance and difficulty walking. Though there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, current therapies focus on improving the symptoms of this debilitating condition. Much needs to be done to promote public awareness of this condition. This review will briefly discuss the impact that Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali had on the world’s view of Parkinson’s disease.
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