Disorders of the brain are prominent
in society today. Celebrities, relatives, people close to us, all fall
victim to these debilitating disorders: disease does not discriminate.
Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS,
spinal cord injuries and Alzheimer's are all nervous system associated
disorders that exist in today's society and scientists are on a mission
to unravel the mysteries of these disorders in order to one day provide
These disorders disrupt the normal functioning
of the nervous system by interfering with nerve transmission, synaptic
transmission or brain chemistry. As a result, an array of symptoms arise
that can be used to pinpoint the areas of the nervous system that are
affected. From these discoveries, scientists develop treatments to help
deal with a particular symptom of the disorder.
Genetic predisposition and environment can trigger the development of the disorder. It is very important that people monitor their state of well-being and exposure to environmental factors that could trigger the early onset of the disease.
Though he maintains a strong commitment to his acting career, Fox has shifted a good deal of his focus and energies toward The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Read more about Michael J. Fox's courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease: In His Own Words
Right: Michael J. Fox and Bill Ranford at a charity hockey game in 2001.
(Photos courtesy of The Michael J. Fox Foundation)