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Refuting Claims Regarding Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Parkinson’s Disease

The National Parkinson Foundation has received several questions about whether Hillary Clinton has Parkinson's disease (PD).

The allegations that Hillary Clinton suffers from Parkinson's disease have been reviewed by NPF's National Medical Director, Michael S. Okun, MD, and by others from NPF's Centers of Excellence network and been unanimously dismissed by every Parkinson's expert who has weighed in.

"I have reviewed the video footage and some of the recent claims that Hillary Clinton is suffering from Parkinson's disease. Video analysis and a review of available information does not in any way support a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease," stated Dr. Okun. "This recent flurry of misinformation on social media provides a great opportunity for the public to be educated on the many features of Parkinson's disease."

"These rumors demonstrate the lack of awareness of Parkinson's even among many physicians," said Peter Schmidt, PhD, the foundation's Senior Vice President of Research Programs and Chief Mission Officer. "While Secretary Clinton does not show signs of Parkinson's in the opinions of senior neurologists, even if she did, a diagnosis of Parkinson's should not be seen as a disqualifying condition for high office — and, in fact, in recent times it has not been. We have many people with Parkinson's who have succeeded in very challenging jobs, including Senators, Congressmen, an Attorney General of the United States, and an astronaut who performed admirably in challenging jobs while living with Parkinson's.  People with Parkinson's make amazing contributions in our society every day."

The National Parkinson Foundation offers a toll-free Helpline staffed by nurses and social workers who are experts in Parkinson's and available to answer questions relating to the disease. The Helpline can be reached at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or helpline@parkinson.org.

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