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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most common neurologic disorders.  It affects roughly 1.5 million Americans.  The main signs are tremor, stiffness of the body, slowness of movement, and difficulty with balance.  It is believed to be caused by a deficiency of a brain chemical called dopamine.  Although there is no cure for PD at the present time, some medication and surgical treatments can dramatically improve many of the symptoms.

 

The Veterans Health Administration treats an estimated 40,000 veterans with PD each year.  In 2001, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs strengthened its commitment to veterans with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and related movement disorders by establishing the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECCs) network….  

 

Follow these links for more information!

PADRECC National: parkinsons.va.gov

PADRECC Richmond/Southeast: parkinsons.va.gov/Richmond

APDA Veterans Dedicated I&R Center http://www.reno.va.gov/services/Parkinson_s_Disease.asp

And pdf’s for:

PADRECC Newsletter – Summer 2016

Agent Orange and Parkinson’s Disease brochure

PADRECC Richmond Information sheet