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  • Richard Benjamin Harrison, Jr. (1941 - 2018)
    Wikipedia Page Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. Born: March 4, 1941 Danville, Virginia, U.S. Died June 25, 2018 (aged 77) Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Cause of death Parkinson's disease Other names...
  • Girlie May Ballington (1898 - 1953)
  • Adnan Khashoggi (1935 - 2017)
    Adnan Khashoggi (Arabic: عدنان خاشقجي‎ 1935 – 2017) was a notorious Saudi Arabian billionaire international businessman, best known for his involvement in arms dealing.
  • John Martin Couric, Jr. (c.1921 - 2011)
    Died at age 90 from complications of Parkinson's disease.
  • Lieut. Gen. James M. Gavin (1907 - 1990)
    James Maurice "Jumpin' Jim" Gavin (March 22, 1907 – February 23, 1990) was a senior officer of the United States Army, with the rank of lieutenant general, who was the third commander of the 82nd Airbo...

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system mainly affecting the motor system. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, thinking and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease, and depression being the most common psychiatric symptom. Other symptoms include sensory, sleep, and emotional problems. The main motor symptoms are collectively called "parkinsonism", or a "parkinsonian syndrome."

In 2013 PD was present in 53 million people and resulted in about 103,000 deaths globally. Parkinson's disease is more common in older people, with most cases occurring after the age of 50; when it is seen in young adults, it is called young onset PD. The disease is named after the English doctor James Parkinson, who published the first detailed description in An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, in 1817.

Several major organizations promote research and improvement of quality of life of those with the disease and their families. Public awareness campaigns include Parkinson's Disease Day (on the birthday of James Parkinson, 11 April) and the use of a red tulip as the symbol of the disease. People with parkinsonism who have increased the public's awareness of the condition include actor Michael J. Fox, Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney, and professional boxer Muhammad Ali.

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