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Episode 16 — Movement Disorder Monday: Parkinson’s Disease

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April is is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and today’s show will be dedicated to this brain disease that affects over 10 million people worldwide and costs nearly $52 billion each year in the United States alone including treatment, lost income and social security payments. In today’s show, I’ll talk about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for Parkinson’s Disease, as well as some famous celebrities diagnosed with this condition.

What do award-winning actors michael j. fox and  alan alda, boxing legend muhammad ali, 11-time   grammy award winner linda ronstadt and former u.s.  attorney general janet reno all have in common?   april is national parkinson’s awareness month,  and today’s show will be dedicated to this brain   worldwide and costs about

$52 billion/year   in the united states alone including treatment,  lost income and social security payments.   dr. james parkinson, the london physician   who first described the illness and published  what is parkinson’s disease and what causes it?  according to the national institute on aging,   parkinson’s

Is a chronic neurologic disease that  leads to problems with movement and behavior;   it is progressive which means that symptoms slowly  worsen over time. nearly 60,000 people in the u.s.   are diagnosed with this condition every year,  affecting men 1.5x more frequently than women.   so, what causes parkinson’s disease? it

Occurs  when nerve cells in the basal ganglia – a region   impaired or die. these nerve cells or neurons   dopamine (btw, i discussed dopamine in episode 13,   addiction and the brain’s “reward pathway”).   parkinson’s develops. scientists still do not  what are the clinical manifestations  of parkinson’s

Disease?   bradykinesia, or slowness of movement, is one  of the cardinal symptoms of parkinson’s. it   must be accompanied by either tremor or rigidity  in order for a parkinson’s diagnosis to be made.   stiffness and impaired balance and coordination  are also common symptoms. other movement   symptoms described by

The parkinson’s foundation  include shuffling gait, soft speech, cramping,   freezing and masked face. parkinson’s disease  is also associated with non-motor symptoms such   as mood disorders like depression and anxiety;  cognitive changes impairing memory and language;   disorders. it’s important to remember that  

So, how is parkinson’s disease treated? while  there is no cure, the combination of medications,   can relieve symptoms. carbidopa-levodopa   dopamine production. pramipexole (or mirapex)   amantadine is an antiviral drug that reduces  involuntary movements, and benztropine (or   surgical procedures such as deep brain

Stimulation   medications. in dbs, electrodes are surgically   implanted into the brain and connected to a small  electrical device implanted in the chest near the   collarbone. the device and electrodes painlessly  send electrical impulses to the brain in a way   symptoms such as tremor, dyskinesia and rigidity. 

If you’d like more information about parkinson’s  disease, check out the national institute of   neurological disorders and stroke, the national  institute of aging, the parkinson’s foundation,   other excellent resources. there are also   many ways to get involved! you can participate on  moving day walk, donate to or

Volunteer with any   that’s all for today. be sure to tune in   wednesday 3pm eastern when i’ll be discussing  national infertility week. it will also be 420   physicists smoking pot? … the big bong theory!  subscribe to my youtube channel for more medical  

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