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Mice May Hold Key To Parkinsonís Disease



(Springfield, GA)óRecently, scientists at the Weill Cornell Medical School were able to recreate the symptoms of Parkinsonís disease in mice, leading some to believe that a breakthrough in treating the ailment could be just around the corner.

According to a study in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the research involved creating an animal model of Parkinsonís in mice so that scientists can focus on preventing the progression of the disease rather than just on treating its symptoms.

ďThis research is a huge step for the Parkinsonís community,Ē says Kay Mixson Jenkins, author of Who Is Pee Dee? Explaining Parkinsonís Disease to a Child. ďWith efforts like these, Parkinsonís patients have hope that funding and time are going into meaningful steps towards an eventual cure.Ē

Ms. Jenkins, founder of the non-profit Parkinsonís in the Park, was diagnosed with the disease when she was just thirty-four. She wrote Who Is Pee Dee? for kids who may be asking, ďWhat is Parkinsonís disease?Ē or, ďWhat are Parkinsonís disease symptoms?Ē

The book follows a young boy named Colt as he tries to deal with his motherís illness. Itís the kind of story Ms. Jenkins hopes will be made obsolete by the research being done with mice at Weill Cornell.

ďI hope that researchers continue to get funding both private and public,Ē says Ms. Jenkins, whose book includes a discussion of some of the following symptoms:
ē The constant fatigue created by the struggle to control body movement.
ē The loss of coordination when doing even simple tasks
ē The anger and resentment that can come from feeling overwhelmed

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(Who Is Pee Dee? Explaining Parkinsonís Disease to a Child by Kay Mixson Jenkins; illustrated by Richard Morgan; ISBN: 978-0-9819129-0-5; $12.95; 33 pages; 8Ē x 8Ē; hardcover; UCB, Inc.)


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