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Norma’s Story: Essential Tremor

Norma's Story: Essential Tremor

Question: what progressive neurological condition causes a rhythmic trembling of the head, voice, legs or trunk; can be treated with medication or deep brain stimulation; has no definitive cure; and is eight times more common than Parkinson’s disease? If you’re stumped, you’re not alone. The condition just described is essential tremor. Essential tremor, which is…
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Charles Sabine’s Story: Huntington’s Disease

Charles Sabine's Story: Huntington's Disease

In 2005 the NBC war correspondent Charles Sabine made the life-altering decision to face up to his family history of Huntington’s disease and undergo genetic testing. The odds, he knew, were 50-50 that he, too, had the gene and would eventually develop the progressive neurological condition. When the neurologist gave Mr. Sabine the chilling results,…
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Janis’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

Janis's Story: Parkinson's Disease

When Janis Yelton gratefully enrolled in a ground-breaking study at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health, she was wracked by pain from advanced Parkinson’s disease, taking 32 pills a day, and no longer able to work. Three years later, Janis still cries…
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Frank’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

Frank’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

Some people have vacation homes. Frank has the UC Neuroscience Institute. This is where he comes for comprehensive, compassionate medical care for Parkinson’s disease, which he has lived with for 15 years. “They make us feel safe,” says Frank’s wife, Sandy. “It’s an illness where you want to feel safe, because you don’t know what’s…
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Dale’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

Dale’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003, 46-year-old Dale Ankenman was determined not to let it keep him off his bike. Considering his long list of credentials, including former U.S. Navy Submariner, qualified ArmyRanger, scuba diver and parachutist, he wasn’t used to the idea of something he could not physically conquer. Despite being diagnosed…
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Mike’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

Mike’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

Imagine learning that you have Parkinson’s disease at age 26. Most people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed in their 60s. Yet in 1987, after three years of unexplained symptoms, Mike learned he had the degenerative disease. After a visit to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, medication eased his symptoms. As is often the case,…
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