University of Delaware researcher Ju Young Shin is investigating symptom management in Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Her research eye is particularly focused on medication adherence; as an adult nurse practitioner, the topic is especially critical. The movement disorder occurs due to a lack of dopamine levels in the brain. Medication helps to manage symptoms.

“Without proper medication adherence, the four cardinal symptoms of PD — slowness of movement, tremors, rigidity and postural instability — worsen,” explained the School of Nursing assistant professor. “When the medicine level goes down, they may freeze. For example, they cannot walk even if they are in the middle of a crosswalk. They know, but they can’t move.” Read the full article on UDaily.

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