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Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson's

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CIVIL RIGHTS activist Jesse Jackson has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago," Jackson wrote in a statement. "After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson's disease, a disease that bested my father."

Jackson added that "recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful."

He also said he sees his diagnosis as "a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease's progression."

Parkinson's disease is caused by the death of brain cells that contain dopamine, a neurotransmitter necessary for communication within the brain. It can cause tremors, stiffness and difficulty balancing, walking and coordinating movement.

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