Neuroscience Services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas: Movement Disorders





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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2010

Parkinson's is the number one movement disorder and it's second only to Alzheimer's disease as one of the Neuro-degenerative disorders, says R. Malcolm Stewart, M.D., a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

So we're going to have a lot of people who do have Parkinson's and Parkinson's look-alikes. One of the important things in having a program is being able to distinguish what's garden-variety Parkinson's disease, what's a Parkinson's plus syndrome, such as multiple system atrophy or progressive super nuclear palsy, etc.

And because the prognosis, the response to medication, life expectancy and development of other things such as dementia differ depending on which stripe of Parkinsonism you have, it's important to have someone who is knowledgeable about movement disorders who can sort all these things out.

It's important to have research because you want to develop new tools to treat the problems and also you don't want to just do the same old thing over and over just because it's been done that way.

Research forces you to take a critical eye and reassess what you're doing.

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