In its early stage MND (also known as ALS and Lou Gerigh’s disease) can show similar symptoms as Parkinson’s disease, which is also a neurological disease.
Commonalities between MND and Parkinson’s disease allow researchers to develop more effective treatments for both diseases.
Difference between Parkinson’s and MND
Parkinson’s disease typically begins with problem writing followed by tremors, muscle stiffness, difficulty standing or walking, changes in speech, slow movements, impaired posture and balance, and loss of automatic movements.
Signs and symptoms of MND include slurred speech, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, emotional liability (involuntary laughing or crying), loss of tongue muscle contour, excess saliva, difficulty breathing, limp muscles or flaccid weakness, muscle wasting, and twitching.
In the early stages of the disease, MND patients may notice that performing regular everyday tasks has become more challenging. For example, they may experience difficulty climbing steps or getting up from a chair. Symptoms may first begin on one side of the body, but as the condition progresses, they spread to both sides.
MND and Parkinson’s disease share symptoms associated with the negative impact of both conditions on movement and muscle function.
Parkinson’s UK have recently partnered with artificial intelligence experts, BenevolentAI, in the hope to find a cure by using technology to help researchers find new and better treatment.
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