The interview will be aired live at 11:00 am on April 19.
Lori, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005, will discuss how her life has changed since undergoing deep brain stimulation in January 2014. She will also speak about her active role in the Parkinson’s community in South Jersey and Philadelphia.
To learn more about deep brain stimulation and Dr. Baltuch, who was instrumental in bringing this procedure to the United States, check out Gordon Baltuch, MD: A Pioneer in the Use of Deep Brain Stimulation.
About Parkinson’s DiseaseParkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, has no known cause in most cases. Medically, Parkinson’s has been traced to the death of dopamine-generating cells in the midbrain, once again for causes that are largely unknown.
The relatively well-known symptoms are usually characterized at first by movement-related issues, including shaking, rigidity, and slowness of walk or gait. In time, cognitive and behavioral difficulties may occur, sometimes followed by sensory and emotional problems.
Unfortunately, there is no objective test, or biomarker, for Parkinson’s. Because of this, the rate of misdiagnosis can be high. There is also no preventive course to reduce the risk of its onset.