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In 1998, Dr. Philip A. Starr started putting electrodes in people’s brains. A neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Starr was treating people with Parkinson’s disease, which slowly destroys essential bits of brain tissue, robbing people of control of their bodies. At first, drugs had given his patients some relief, but now they needed more help.
"Once ignited, Parkinson’s can take time (up to years) to reveal itself. Symptoms occur, apparently, after a majority of cells in a part of the midbrain stop doing their job. They no longer produce enough of a vital chemical transmitter, dopamine. Dopamine inside and outside the brain speeds messages between neurons, allowing coordinated function of the body’s muscles."
"April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, so we rounded up the 20 best online resources for you to learn more about Parkinson’s disease and awareness. A condition with no cure or treatment to stop its progression, Parkinson’s is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"Parkinson's Disease can be overwhelming physically, emotionally and mentally. The National Parkinson's Foundation of Western New York wants you to know there is help and there is hope."
It was more than three years ago when Lisa Garvey's right hand stopped listening to her. "My writing was bad, my typing was bad," she said. "I couldn't make it do what I wanted. I had a kind of a tremor, too. I couldn't eat with chopsticks.
On Thursday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined with members of the National Parkinson Foundation of Western New York in proclaiming April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. The U.S. Congress recognized the designation nationwide in 2013. The local recognition comes in light of recent studies that show Parkinson's disease strikes the Western New York area especially hard.
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. The National Parkinson Foundation urges health professionals to educate patients on the condition and to help seniors experiencing the symptoms. Spreading awareness of how the disease is developed and its impact on patients of all ages has potential to help seniors with the condition as well as their caregivers.
Every father dreams of walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, sharing that unforgettable first dance. And my dad, Daniel Smith, 61, was no different. But he was a little nervous. Having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 15 years ago, he wondered how the tremors, freezing and cramping — symptoms of the progressive nervous system disorder — would impact him on the big day.
If you or a loved one is at risk for stroke, you’re probably familiar with FAST, the acronym that signals a stroke and tells you how to respond to it: Facial weakness or numbness, Arm weakness or numbness, Slurred speech, and Time (getting to the hospital quickly).
Gretchen Church was 32 years old when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease almost 17 years ago. It was a time when there was hardly support for people with Parkinson’s, especially for those like her with young-onset Parkinson’s disease.