As Cases of Parkinson’s Disease Increase, Community Must Demand Funding, Change (The Telegraph)

As Cases of Parkinson’s Disease Increase, Community Must Demand Funding, Change

The odds of a person developing Parkinson’s disease over a lifetime are 1 in 15. It is the fastest-growing neurodegenerative disease and is overtaking Alzheimer’s for the top spot.

That stunning growth curve foreshadows bankruptcy for many health-care systems, said Dr. Michael Okun, of the Fixel Institute of Neurological Diseases and a leading international expert on Parkinson’s. He is one of four authors of the authoritative new book “Ending Parkinson’s: A Prescription for Change.”

That bleak future can be brightened if the Parkinson’s community organizes and forces changes like those in successful campaigns against polio, HIV and breast cancer.

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