Parkinson's disease is the most widely known movement disorder. The National Institute of Health estimates that Parkinson's Disease affects between 1,000,000 and 1,500,000 individuals in the United States, with 20,000 new patients diagnosed each year.
Once diagnosed, Parkinson's Disease cannot be completely cured. However symptoms of Parkinson's can usually be well treated, allowing patients to lead productive lives for many years. Recently, many new drugs have been made available to further improve treatment. but, as the disease progresses, medical treatment becomes more complicated and may not be as effective. For this reason new approaches have been developed. Surgery can be an option, either to remove a small part of the brain, or to insert a small stimulator that can dramatically improve both the ability to move voluntarily and to reduce abnormal movements.
Photo: September 21, 2013, Sackets Harbor, NY, 2nd Annual Parkinson's
Walk. Team "Say Yes to Nice" representing the Dexter Free Library. L-R Luca, Alina and Jessica Ramos. Jake, Jen (Library Director), Kate and John Thomas http://www.dexterfreelibrary.org/
Saturday, April 30, 2016