Chances are you know someone with Parkinson's disease. Nearly a million people in the United States are living with it, including Muhammed Ali, Michael J. Fox, Janet Reno and Linda Ronstadt. It's estimated that Parkinson's affects 7,000 people in Maine. It's a chronic and progressive movement disorder, which affects people differently.
Symptoms often include tremors, a slowing of movement, rigid limbs and impaired balance. There is no cure. Researchers are trying to identify the cause of the disease and they've made some progress recently, in particular when examining certain genes. Learn about this latest research, how Parkinson's is diagnosed, and different treatment options. Also, find out what it's like to live with the disease from a retired pediatrician who has the disease. Guests:
- Anand Rughani, Neurosurgeon with Maine Medical Center
- Dr. Michael Kleinman, Neurologist with Maine Medical Center
- Connor Moore, retired pediatrician who has Parkinson’s disease