- December 2, 2020
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject: Science & tech
Context: Father Swamy, the 83-year-old activist who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his alleged involvement in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence.
- Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system.
- It damages nerve cells in the brain dropping the levels of dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that sends behavioural signals from the brain to the body.
- The disease causes a variety of “motor” symptoms (symptoms related to movement of the muscles), including rigidity, delayed movement, poor balance, and tremors.
- Medication can help control the symptoms of the disease but it can’t be cured.
- It affects the age group from 6 to 60 years. Worldwide, about 10 million people have been affected by this disease.