Michael Clifford By: daniel clark

Parkinson's disease

  • Disorder of the central nervous system that results in uncontrollable tremors in parts of the body its also incurable and doesn't decrease life expectancy.


  • Became astronaut for NASA in 1990
  • Went on 3 different space missions
  • Diagnosed by an MRI in 1994 at age 42 but continued to go on space missions


  • dopamine promoter, antidepressant, Cognition-enhancing medication, Anti-Tremor medications
  • Physical exercise

Diagnostic Techniques

  • Blood test
  • Brain scan
  • EEG
  • MRI

Daily Life

  • Parkinson's doesn't always take someone out of the work force depending on the type of work they're involved in. Today Clifford is retired and travels the country inspiring other with his stories of space travel and Parkinson's.

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