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Expanding ultrasound treatments for Parkinson’s
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Expanding ultrasound treatments for Parkinson’s

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Medications are usually used to treat the symptoms of the nearly one million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease. While deep brain stimulation can help control the tremors, doctors are researching if they can expand the way they use focused ultrasound to target parts of the brain that are causing problems.For the first time in years, Mark Witman’s hands are steady. His Parkinson’s symptoms started 13 years ago.“I was just favoring my one side and dragging my foot,” Witman recalls.Medication controlled it at first, but eventually, for this lifetime Orioles fan, Parkinson’s put a damper on a 20-year-long tradition. Every year on opening day after the game, Witman and his family would watch the movie “Field of Dreams.”“If you’re familiar with the movie, at t...