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Beyond the tremors: Understanding the impact of Parkinson’s disease

By Shane Huntington

Neuroscientist and neurologist Prof Malcolm Horne discusses Parkinson’s disease, and examines new technological developments and the prospects they offer for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

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SHANE HUNTINGTON
I’m Dr Shane Huntington. Thanks for joining us. Among the many degenerative neurological disorders that can afflict us, Parkinson's disease is one such condition that can radically change the way we live and function. Second only to Alzheimer's disease in prevalence in the ageing West. Many of us have an image of the Parkinson's sufferer with increasingly debilitating tremors. But the symptoms of the disease go well beyond the visible. We don't know the cause, we don't have a cure, yet progress is being made.

Today on Up Close we discuss research into Parkinsons and what the future holds for sufferers and those who support them. With new genetic technologies improving by the day are we are on the verge of cracking this disease? Can we identify the risk factors and try to avoid them?

To answer these questions and more we are joined by Professor Malcolm Horne, Head of the Neurodegeneration Lab at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, Consultant Neurologist at St Vincent Hospital and Conjoint Professor, Centre for Neurosciences at the University of Melbourne. Welcome to Up Close Mal.

MALCOLM HORNE
Thank you.

SHANE...

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