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A Strategy For Making Parkinson's Disease History

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A lot of medical attention--outside the COVID pandemic--is focused on Alzheimer's Disease; no one wants to consider reaching the end of life with most thinking and memory gone.

But to focus too narrowly on Alzheimer's misses the truth about Parkinson's Disease: it is now the fastest-growing brain disorder in the world. There are therapies that can hold off the tremors and other challenges of Parkinson's, but no cure.

Work is underway, though, and four leading doctors and advocates for Parkinson's research teamed up on a book, Ending Parkinson's Disease: A Prescription for Action.

Two of the four join us; we hear from Dr. Michael Okun, Medical Director at the Parkinson's Foundation, and Dr. Ray Dorsey, the former director of the Parkinson's Disease Division at Johns Hopkins University.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.