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Parkinsons sufferers 'face regular discrimination'

Nearly half of those with Parkinson's face regular discrimination, such as having their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness, a survey suggests.

The survey of more than 2,000 people was commissioned by charity Parkinson's UK.

One person in 500 people is affected by the condition in Britain.

Parkinson's sufferer Mark Worsfold was arrested during last year's Olympics because police thought he looked suspicious.

He was detained during the cycling road race in Leatherhead, Surrey, reportedly because he was not smiling - the condition means his face can appear expressionless.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the part of the brain that controls movement.

The main symptoms of Parkinson's are tremors or shaking that cannot be controlled, and rigidity of the muscles, which can make movement difficult and painful.

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Posted by: on April 15th, 2013 @ 09:41 AM
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