Diagnosis

In this segment, you will observe the interaction between Dr. Stern and a patient with newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease. This part of the Parkinson’s journey is critical to a patient’s understanding of the heterogeneity of symptoms, the variable nature of disease progression and the many approaches that help assure a long term sense of well-being.

Introduction
to Treatment

Treating early Parkinson’s disease involves the use of medications as well as changes in lifestyle factors like exercise. In this segment you will learn about the approach to early treatment and ways to alleviate symptoms and how the goal of early therapy is to pave the way for a better future.

Treatment of
Motor Fluctuations

One of the major challenges to patients who have been treated for a number of years is the fluctuating response to medications. Levodopa might have initially worked for many hours but with time and disease progression, the duration of effect is shorter. This segment reviews the many approaches to patients with such symptoms.

Approach to
Non- Motor
Symptoms

It has become increasingly apparent that the classic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (i.e. tremors and slowness of movement) are often not the most bothersome. In this segment, you will learn how we approach many of the troubling non-motor symptoms including depression, anxiety, bowel and bladder function and other issues that contribute to the burden of Parkinson’s.

Treating Advanced Parkinson’s

Despite advances in treating Parkinson’s disease and the fact that many patients live normal or close to normal lives for many, many years, some patients eventually require more invasive therapies to ease their symptoms. In this segment you’ll see a discussion between the doctor and a patient who is weighing her options and considering surgical treatment approaches, including deep brain stimulation and a continuous levodopa delivery through the GI tract (Duopa).

What Can I Expect in the Future?

Fortunately, researchers around the world are making great strides in better understanding the brain mechanisms that cause Parkinson’s and new therapies are constantly in development. This segment is a dialogue between doctor and patient discussing some of the research and potential therapies that offer more promise to easing the burden of Parkinson’s disease.