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Parkinson's Disease


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

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.