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IU Physician Says Parkinson's Disease Has Numerous Treatments

An Indiana University School of Medicine neurologist says medicine and other treatment can help Parkinson's disease patients lead active lives. 

This follows word that Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease along with deep depression when he took his own life. Dr. Elizabeth Zauber specializes in movement disorders.  She says Parkinson's disease is the second most common neural-degenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease.  It's characterized by a lack of dopamine producing cells in the brain.  It affects movement, coordination and balance.  She says depression sometimes accompanies the ailment. 

Symptoms include: tremors, slowness of movement, changes in walking, speech and facial expression. She says medicine, brain surgery, exercise and speech therapy are all ways to treat Parkinson's, but there's no cure.  She says studies have shown that exercise can help slow down symptoms.

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