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Foundation seeks support during Parkinson's Awareness Month

April 21, 2011
Helping to educate the public about misconceptions related to Parkinson's disease is the goal of this year's theme, "Shatter the Myths," during Parkinson's Awareness Month in April.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation reports there are nearly 1 million people in the U.S. who are living with the disease, which is characterized by impaired mobility and involuntary movements. Worldwide, the estimate ranges from 7 to 10 million individuals who have the condition.

One of the foundation's efforts is their encouragement of the public to sign their name online to the Global Parkinson's Pledge, which was announced at the World Parkinson Congress in September 2010. Individuals may sign the pledge at www.parkinsonpledge.org.

"The community has created this pledge to work for increased awareness of Parkinson's, new treatments and a cure," states the foundation's website. "The World Parkinson Congress seeks to have one million signatures on the pledge by the next meeting in 2013."

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is one of 51 institutions from the U.S. and Canada to participate in a Parkinson's clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The trial is evaluating whether the nutritional supplement creatine can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.
 
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