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Join our free seminar to ‘Get the facts about Parkinson’s disease’

Tremors. Slowing of movements. Stiffening of extremities. These can be indications that you have Parkinson’s disease, and what’s important to keep in mind is that the condition only gets worse.This movement disorder affects more than one million people in the United States, while an estimated 60,000 more are diagnosed each year. That’s why UF Health Wellness University is hosting a free seminar to help you “Get the facts about Parkinson’s disease” on Jan. 26.

Parkinson’s not only presents problems for those afflicted, but also the physicians entrusted with detecting it. Neurologists have a difficult time diagnosing it in some cases, and these experts suspect many more who aren’t aware of the signs could have PD, especially since some can be misleading.

For example, tremors are oftentimes attributed to Parkinson’s, but 1 in 5 patients with Parkinson’s do not have a tremor. Plus, unlike other conditions, there is no official test to determine if someone has Parkinson’s. Instead, physicians come to that conclusion after other conditions are ruled out and a patient responds to medication used to manage the disease.

Our free seminar is not only for those concerned about yourself or a loved one potentially having Parkinson’s, but also for those who do and are wondering what happens next. In either case, we know you have a lot of questions and have come across a significant amount of misinformation at the same time.

Those in attendance will get answers and clarity from an expert of a distinguished institution. You’ll hear from Ashley Rawls, MD, MS, of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. Registration is required.

Webinar details

What: Get the facts about Parkinson’s disease
When: Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022; 1:30 p.m.
Where: Online via Zoom
Registration: Visit here

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Talal Elmasry

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Talal Elmasry, born and raised in Gainesville, is a graduate of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. He joined UF Health’s marketing team after 15 years in journalism, including a...Read More