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Brian Grant on Parkinson's Disease
It's a depressing news to all the fans of PBA star Brian Grant as he became a subject through a diagnostic analysis of Parkinson's disease.

It is a disease sparser still for a man so talented at bringing together and leading every speck and inch of his 6-foot-9, 254-pound framework that he set simultaneously a 12-year NBA career by contending Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone and heaps of other bigger, tougher opponents.

Which causes this scene, exceptionally surreal. Grant retired approximately three seasons ago but yet has his trademark dreadlocks and goatee that concluded the remarkable similarity to Marley. His shoulders are still wide and enormous, his calves still surprisingly marathoner-thin, his handshake still firm.

Grant is not letting his declaration to intrude his day any more than, as of this moment, he is willing to let Parkinson's determine where he goes and who he sees. He rests in his sport room, encircled by ESPN's gleams and video cameras, describing why he has dunked so many appearance offers and skipped his sons' basketball practices lately -- and why he won't any longer. As he does, the trembles obviously reduce.

According to wikipedia -

Parkinson's disease (also known as Parkinson disease or PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's motor skills, speech, and other functions.

Parkinson's disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. It is characterized by muscle rigidity, tremor, a slowing of physical movement (bradykinesia) and, in extreme cases, a loss of physical movement (akinesia).

The primary symptoms are the results of decreased stimulation of the motor cortex by the basal ganglia, normally caused by the insufficient formation and action of dopamine, which is produced in the dopaminergic neurons of the brain. Secondary symptoms may include high level cognitive dysfunction and subtle language problems. PD is both chronic and progressive.

PD is the most common cause of chronic progressive parkinsonism, a term which refers to the syndrome of tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia and postural instability. PD is also called "primary parkinsonism" or "idiopathic PD" (classically meaning having no known cause although this term is not strictly true in light of the plethora of newly discovered genetic mutations). While many forms of parkinsonism are "idiopathic", "secondary" cases may result from toxicity most notably of drugs, head trauma, or other medical disorders.

The disease is named after English apothecary James Parkinson, who made a detailed description of the disease in his essay: "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy" (1817).


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