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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Parkinson's Disease Experts Partner to Bring Latest Advances in Treatment to Florida West Coast

CLEARWATER, Fla., (February 19, 2008) - Tremors, difficulty walking and depression are among the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Patients who suffer from this brain disorder may have difficulty understanding and overcoming symptoms. But new advances in Parkinson’s treatments are being made - from surgery, to quick dissolving lozenges or an injection that can literally unfreeze immobile muscles. The public is invited to learn all about these latest advancements by attending “There’s a Lot to Learn About Parkinson’s” – a free event on Saturday, March 15 in Sarasota teaming up some of west Florida’s leading Parkinson’s experts.

The event sponsored by Morton Plant Mease Health Care, will address how to treat Parkinson’s from the early stages of the disease to more severe, long term cases. Guest speakers and topics of discussion are:

  • Michael Andriola, M.D., neurologist and medical director of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program, Morton Plant Mease Health Care – “Morton Plant Mease Experience”
  • Dean Gobo, M.D., neurosurgeon, Morton Plant Mease Health Care - “Surgical Management of Parkinson’s Disease”
  • Ray Watts, M.D., neurologist and director of clinical research, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Research Program, Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham - “Future Horizons in Parkinson’s Treatment”
  • V. Daniel Kassicieh, D.O., Sarasota neurologist - “New Horizon’s in Parkinson’s Disease Therapy”

The physicians will discuss national research studies on Parkinson’s, the benefits of exercise and new treatments including medicated lozenges, “Apokyn injections” and the “Neupro Patch”. The patch is worn on the skin and delivers a medication to treat Parkinson’s symptoms with fewer gastrointestinal side effects. An Apokyn (apomorphine hydrochloride) injection is a rescue medication for patients who frequently suffer from hypomobility or the spontaneous inability to rise from a chair, walk or even speak. Apokyn unfreezes muscles and allows patients to regain movement in a matter of minutes.

Event details:

  • When - Saturday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Where - The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL

Refreshments will be served. Registration for the event is required. Please call 1(888) 676-8484.

According to the National Parkinson Foundation, approximately 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed in the United States each year.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager