KTTU "In Focus, Sunday, May 29, 2011, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Cynthia Reed, MD, a neurologist and movement disorder specialist with Western Neurosurgery/Carondelet Neurological Institute.

Movement disorders are a group of diseases that affect the ability to produce and control body movement.

Reed says Parkinson’s disease is among the most common.  She says some cases are attributed to genetics, but most are not.  She says doctors are looking for new drugs for movement disorders and also are looking at new uses for old medications.  She says a popular wrinkle treatment is bringing relief to some people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. She says it has been shown that the neurotoxin in Botox can release the grip of muscle spasms, tremors and pain.

Reed says doctors at Carondelet are also using deep brain stimulation to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems.  She says the procedure is also used to treat essential tremor, a common neurological movement disorder.  She says DBS uses a surgically implanted, battery-operated medical device called a neurostimulator—similar to a heart pacemaker and approximately the size of a stopwatch—to deliver electrical stimulation to targeted areas in the brain that control movement, blocking the abnormal nerve signals that cause tremor and PD symptoms. At present, she says, the procedure is used only for patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medications.