Dr. Alberto Espay Explains “The Public Still Doesn’t Really Understand Parkinson’s”

Scott Layman, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 42, said that it was “a scary thing to be told.” Even though there are already more than 1 million Americans affected by Parkinson’s Disease and another 50,000 will be diagnosed before the end of the year, Dr. Alberto Espay, clinical research director of the Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders,  says that the public still has many misconceptions about the disease. “People fear that the diagnosis means the end of their life. It’s not true,” says Dr. Espay.

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