An Update on Parkinson's Research and One Man's Personal Journey with the Disease
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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. Most people know Parkinson’s for its physical symptoms: tremors, stiff muscles and slow movement. But the disease can also be marked by cognitive impairment and depression. And doctors now believe that Parkinson’s can cause changes to the brain years before it presents any physical symptoms. As public awareness increases, a discussion about the latest treatments for Parkinson’s, prospects for a cure, and the personal story of journalist Michael Kinsley.
journalist and political commentator, contributor to "Vanity Fair" magazine
neuropsychologist and researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience,
University of Rochester Medical Center
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
deputy director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke at NIH