September 1, 2015

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3 Facts about Dystonia

 

September is Dystonia Awareness Month, and we’d like to share these 3 facts about the movement disorder that affects an estimated 300,000 people in North America.

1. Dystonia is an involuntary contraction of muscles, causing repetitive or twisting movements that cannot be controlled.
These symptoms can range from mild to severe. There are multiple types of dystonia and it can also be a symptom of another disease or disorder.

2. The most common type of dystonia is focal dystonia.
In focal dystonia, only one part of the body is affected. In generalized dystonia, most or all of the body is affected.

3. The exact cause of dystonia is unknown.
Dystonia may be due to nerve cell communication problems, inherited, or be a symptom of another disorder like Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington Disease, a traumatic brain injury or infection.

VCU PMDC movement disorder neurologists are available to diagnose and treat dystonia.
Call (804)-662-9185(804)-662-9185 to schedule an appointment.

Sources:
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

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July 20, 2015

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Mindfulness -based group therapy sessions forming

Our research trial of mindfulness-based therapy in individuals with Parkinson’s disease was a great success, and we’ve decided to launch a new clinical program at our center to continue to offer mindfulness-based group therapy. Dr. Lageman will lead an 8-week program.  The program is open to patients of the VCU Medical Center. The group will […]

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July 13, 2015

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June 30, 2015

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                  We are excited to announce that Jessica Utt, PA, and Bruce Parkinson, PhD have joined our staff! Jessica is a physician assistant who will be working with our neurologists.  She is helping to evaluate both new and follow up patients and will be seeing patients 4 days […]

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June 15, 2015

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Eye-tracking research featured in VCU News

Over the past decade, Dr. Mark Baron, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Wetzel and George Gitchel with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at VCU, have investigated how eye movements are related to neurological movement disorders.  They have utilized an eye tracking device, that consists of a headband with two small cameras, recording how a volunteer’s […]

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June 9, 2015

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What will it take to continue the growth and success of the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center? This question is my new charge as the interim director. I am excited to serve as director during this time of transition. I am committed to building upon the foundation developed by Dr. Jim Bennett and the […]

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May 28, 2015

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Special Report: The roles of resilience and nonmotor symptoms in adjustment to Parkinson’s disease

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May 26, 2015

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Primary dystonia research project now enrolling

The Virginia Commonwealth University Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center is serving as a research site for an observational research project that aims to learn more about the causes of primary dystonia and how the symptoms may progress over time.   Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and diagnosed with a primary dystonia to […]

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May 26, 2015

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HDYO Rock Climbing Event

Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization is hosting a free event for youth on June 17, 2015! See event information below and be sure to RSVP to Chandler Swope by June 10 – chandler@hdyo.org or (202) 674-4848.

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May 19, 2015

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Thank you to all who participated, fundraised, donated, volunteered, and supported our 2nd Annual Movin’ & Shakin’ 5K! You raised $54,286! These generous gifts will be used to support ongoing services, care, and research offered by the VCU PMDC.  Project information and updates will be posted on this site over the coming weeks. This event […]

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