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NIH staff to discuss Parkinson’s research at RW-C

Members from the Parkinson’s Clinic at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will speak at a public event at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington on Wednesday, April 15, at noon as part of Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

The NIH team, which is conducting a study into “Genetic Characterization of Movement Disorders,” will discuss its research as well as other emerging therapies and treatments.  The researchers are exploring the natural history of movement disorders and their causes and treatments.

The Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula Parkinson’s Support Group arranged for the NIH researchers to make the presentation at RW-C as part of a broader public awareness campaign.

The Parkinson’s Support group meets at RW-C on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m., and the care partners group meets on the first Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m.  The group meets to share information and generally lean on one another. 

RW-C also offers an exercise program tailored to those with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.  All of the groups include residents of RW-C as well as individuals from throughout the community.  Participants include residents throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Parkinson’s is a progressive brain disorder that strikes 60,000 Americans each year.  It is caused by decreased production of dopamine, a substance needed for normal nerve activity.  The disease is difficult to diagnose and symptoms include tremors, loss of balance, difficulty speaking and moving and can lead to depression and dementia.  There currently is no cure, but the disease can be treated with a combination of exercise, diet and medications.

The April 15 event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.  Call 438-4000 to make a reservation or for more information.

posted 04.05.2009

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