Parkinson's Goes Prime Time: Five Things to Know About Parkinson's Disease
Aug 30, 2013 - 3:34:44 PM
Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement and may cause shaking, muscle stiffness, slowing of movement, impaired balance or other symptoms. It impacts about 1 in 200 people, says Anhar Hassan, M.D., a Mayo Clinic movement disorders specialist.
"What Michael J. Fox is doing to spread awareness on Parkinson's - from fundraising to education to playing a TV character with the disease - is very commendable," says Dr. Hassan. "Parkinson's disease touches the lives of many people. Education is vital."
Five things every person should know about Parkinson's disease:
Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first." More than 3,700 physicians, scientists and researchers, and 50,100 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which has campuses in Rochester, Minn; Jacksonville, Fla; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.; and community-based providers in more than 70 locations in southern Minnesota., western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. These locations treat more than half a million people each year. To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to www.mayoclinic.org/news. For information about research and education, visit www.mayo.edu.
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