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Release: May 5, 2003

NOTE TO EDITORS: Uc is pronounced "Ooch"

UI Health Care Program To Focus On Parkinson's Disease

Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa Health Care experts discuss Parkinson's disease at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 in the Holiday Inn Conference Center, located at 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system affecting more than one million Americans. Clinically, the disease is characterized by a decrease in spontaneous movements, gait difficulty, postural instability, rigidity and tremor.

Ken Follett, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of neurosurgery, and Ergun Uc, M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of neurology, will present an overview of Parkinson's disease, including discussion of:

--Signs and symptoms.
--The latest in treatment options.
--Advances in research.

Part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by UI Health Care, this program is free and open to the community. Pre-registration is encouraged.

To register, or for more information, call UI Health Access at (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACT: Tom Walljasper, (319) 384-7353,