Joseph Friedman, MD, a leading expert in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders and director of the Movement Disorders Program at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island will be a guest on the award-winning Patricia Raskin Positive Living Program on WPRO news talk radio 6:30 am this Sunday at 1:30 pm. Listeners can call Dr. Friedman on the show at (401) 438-W-P-R-O (401-438-9776) or toll free at 1-800-321-W-P-R-O (1-800-321-9776) or on the web at www.630WPRO.com.
Chronic and progressive, Parkinson’s is generally considered to be a disease of late middle age with the average age of onset at around 60 years of age. There are cases of "early-onset" Parkinson's disease. Actor Michael J. Fox reportedly developed symptoms in his early 30's. Affecting approximately one million people in the United States, the cause is unknown. The primary symptoms are tremor or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia or slowness of movement; and impaired balance and coordination. Although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.
A professor and chief of the Division of Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Friedman has authored two books, Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping with Parkinson's Disease and Taking Charge: Good Medical Care for the Elderly and How to Get It. Actively involved in research on movement disorders, Dr. Friedman's primary focus is Parkinson's and Huntington's disease and drug induced movement disorders. He is currently studying the depression, anxiety and fatigue that are often related to Parkinson's disease, an area that has been little explored. Dr. Friedman was a member of the National Institute of Health’s committees to define depression and psychosis in Parkinson’s and was chosen by the International Movement Disorders Society to help evaluate rating scales for fatigue and psychosis in the disease.
Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.