Parkinson's Disease

The degeneration or damage of nerve cells located at the top of the brain stem.  Slight tremors of a hand, arm or leg are common and extreme muscle stiffness may occur where it becomes difficult to perform tasks such as buttoning clothes, walk or speak.

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