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Latest in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by WMHT Web Editor

Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder. It's thought that a combination of genetics and environmental factors play a role in triggering it. Nearly a million people in the U.S. are living with the disorder. On HEALTH LINK we'll examine Parkinson’s disease and the latest in treatment options.  Plus a look at a unique movement program for people with Parkinson’s' that’s being offered locally at Capital District YMCAs.

GUESTS

Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD
Dr. Julie Pilitsis is the only neurosurgeon in the region with subspecialty fellowship training in functional neurosurgery. She has many years of experience in the use of Deep Brain Stimulation to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Pilitsis is also an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Neurosurgery at Albany medical college.

Eric Molho, MD
Neurologist, Dr. Eric Molho is the director of the Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Center at Albany Med. His practice is almost exclusively devoted to treating Parkinson’s disease, tremor, and dystonia, as well as other movement disorders. Dr. Molho has served as the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease, enabling him to offer the most advanced treatments and knowledge to his patients. 

Mark Burek
Mark Burek was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease in 2007. He completed the 2013 NYC Marathon in 4 hours and 11 minutes as part of Team Fox (Michael J. Fox).  

Stephen Lansing
Steve Lansing was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when he was 54, in March of 2008. In October of 2013 he had his first Deep Brain Stimulation procedure. He is back to exercising every day.  

RESOURCES

Pedaling for Parkinson’s The Capital District YMCA
Pedaling for Parkinson’s is an exercise program specifically designed to help those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. 

The Parkinson Action Network (PAN) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and the national voice for Parkinson's Disease on federal policy issues.  PAN represents many national organizations including the Michael J. Fox organization, National Parkinson Foundation, The Parkinson Alliance, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.  Its purpose is to educate the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson's.

Three easy ways you can make a difference:

American Parkinson Disease Association

The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Mayo Clinic

MedlinePlus

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

National Parkinson Foundation

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