The Environmental Causes of Parkinson’s Disease With Ray Dorsey, MD
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Did you know that brain diseases are now the world’s leading source of disability? One of the most debilitating, Parkinson’s disease, is the fastest-growing neurological disorder in the world. Over the past 25 years, the number of people with the condition has jumped from 3 million to over 6 million. By 2040, it will likely double again.
In addition to impacting millions of lives and livelihoods, Parkinson’s is poised to crush our healthcare system and our economy. This, while harmful pesticides and other toxic chemicals that contribute to Parkinson’s surround us, disproportionately affecting our farmers, our veterans, and even those in Silicon Valley and so many others. So today we are talking with a co-author of the book ‘Ending Parkinson’s Disease with Ray Dorsey, MD.
Ray Dorsey, MD, is the David M. Levy Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester. For the past decade, he has used telemedicine to improve care for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. His research has been published in the leading neurology, medical, and economic journals and has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. Previously, he directed the Parkinson’s disease division at Johns Hopkins Medicine and consulted for McKinsey & Company.
The most effective treatment is now a half-century old, yet research funding stagnates. In short, we’re failing to stop a runaway train. In his book Ending Parkinson’s Disease, four leading doctors and advocates propose a bold PACT to Prevent the disease, Advocate for protective policies, Care for patients, and Treat the condition with innovative therapies. The book gathers the expertise of clinicians, patients, and cutting-edge researchers to tell the full story of Parkinson’s and what we need to do to end it.
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