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What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, neurological disease, commonly referred to as a movement disorder. It is caused by a loss of dopamine producing cells in the brain. Classic motor symptoms of PD include tremor during rest, stiff limbs, slowness of movement, and gait and balance problems that progress over time. Non-motor symptoms, such as sleep disturbances, urinary dysfunction, constipation, swallowing problems, mood disorders, and cognitive deficits, can occur as well. There is currently no cure for PD, however, many effective medications and treatment options are available.
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What about Parkinsonism and other Movement Disorders?

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The PADRECCs treat veterans with other types of movement disorders in addition to PD. "Parkinsonism" is the generic term used to refer to slowness and mobility problems that mimic PD. Movement disorders are a group of neurological illnesses affecting one’s ability to produce and/or control movement. Other diagnoses commonly treated by the PADRECCs include essential tremor (ET), restless leg syndrome (RLS), dystonia, atypical parkinsonian disorders or "parkinson plus" syndromes (such as Lewy body disease (LBD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and corticobasal degeneration (CBD)).
More about movement disorders.

What is a Consortium Center?

Consortium logoA Consortium Center is a VA clinic that offers specialized PD and movement disorder specialty care to veterans who cannot travel to a PADRECC. These Centers are staffed by movement disorder specialists or clinicians with vast experience and/or interest in the field of movement disorders. Currently, 51 Consortium Centers work collaboratively with the PADRECCs to ensure the highest level of care for all veterans.
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What is the National VA PD Consortium?

The National VA PD Consortium is a professional society comprised of VA physicians, nurses, therapists, and pharmacists with interest and expertise in the field of movement disorders. The Consortium was launched in 2003 by the PADRECCs to expand PD awareness and education across the VA Healthcare System. The Consortium offers peers networking, mentorship, education and training.
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Announcements

The VA Parkinson Report, Summer 2014

Patient Education:

2014 Schedule:Parkinson's Telephone Education/Support Conference - available Nationwide by telephone. Held 2nd Tuesday each month from 10-11am PT, 11am-12noon MT, 12-1pm CT, 1-2 pm ET. Call 1-800-767-1750 enter code 54321#.

Professional Education:

NEW Web-based Independent Study "Mood Disorders in Parkinson's Disease: What's New?"

PADRECC/EES Movement Disorder Series  

Upcoming Presentation: Nov 13, 2014 -  Rehabilitation Tools & Practices for Common Movement Disorders

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San Francisco PADRECC is first VA in nation to perform MRI Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Read about it here.

VA Secretary Shinseki is awarded the 2013 Udall award for supporting PADRECCs. Read about it here.

"Former Marine finds benefits from treatment" (VA Research Currents June-July 2012)

"Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Offers Improvements in Symptoms Over Three Years" (VA Press Release June 21, 2012)

What are the PADRECCs?

In 2001, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) created six specialized centers known as the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers or "PADRECCs". These Centers of Excellence are designed to serve the estimated 80,000 veterans affected by PD through state-of-the-art clinical care, education, research, and national outreach and advocacy. The PADRECCs are staffed by internationally known movement disorder specialists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, researchers, educators, social workers, and other PD experts. The PADRECCs are located in Philadelphia, Richmond, Houston, West Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland/Seattle. The PADRECCs assist veterans in effectively managing PD and other movement disorders by way of VA pharmacy benefits, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, medical equipment, surgical services, and other valuable resources.
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