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1. The following celebrities were diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: Janet Reno, Dudley Moore, Pope John Paul II, Michael J. Fox, Muhammad Ali

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2. Parkinson's disease is a Neurological (Brain) disorder.

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3. 3 million people are estimated to have Parkinson's disease.

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4. Parkinson's disease is diagnosed by a MRI of the brain and blood work.

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5. 50 is the average age of diagnosis of PD.

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6. Nearly 80% of dopamine is depleted in the brain before symptoms of Parkinson's disease occur.

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7. Approximately 30% of people with Parkinson's disease do not experience a tremor.

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8. It is suspected that Adolph Hitler had Parkinson's disease.

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9. Parkinson's disease was first described in 1950.

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10. Three of Michael J. Fox's cast and crew members on the sitcom "Leo and Me" have also developed Parkinson's disease suggesting that the disease may be contagious.

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