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Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States, second only to Alzheimer’s disease.

Parkinson’s Disease: Challenges, progress, and promise. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/parkinsons_research.htm. Published Oct-2004

Reference

Title
Parkinson’s Disease: Challenges, progress, and promise
Publication Date
Published Oct-2004
Authors
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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