On October 24, the Diane Rehm Show on NPR talked about the latest research and treatment options for Parkinson Disease.
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About the Show
Every year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The devastating neurological disorder occurs when cells in the brain don’t produce enough dopamine. Parkinson’s is marked by tremors, stiff muscles and slow movement. The exact causes are unknown but experts believe it’s a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For most patients, Parkinson’s gets progressively worse. Actor and Parkinson’s patient Michael J. Fox stars in a new TV show about a man living with Parkinson’s. As public awareness increases, Diane and a panel of experts discuss the reality for most patients and the latest treatments.
Story Landis – director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Helath
Dr. Zoltan Mari – Interim Director, the Movement Disorder Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and director, National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Todd Scherer – Chief executive officer, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research