Rock star Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year after a fall.
Responding to Ozzy Osbourne announcing that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Steve Ford, Chief Executive at Parkinson’s UK, said:
"Ozzy Osbourne bravely speaking about his Parkinson’s diagnosis and his journey to ‘owning it’ will do so much to raise awareness of this much misunderstood condition.
“With more than 40 symptoms, Parkinson’s is unpredictable and undoubtedly throws up new challenges, but with the right treatment and support we can help people to take control of their lives.
“Ozzy is now part of a community of 145,000 people in the UK who live with Parkinson’s and urgently need a breakthrough treatment, which we are getting closer to every day.
“We would encourage people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s to speak to their GP or specialist to explore the best options for treatment and managing their Parkinson’s.
“We wish Ozzy all the best.”
Ozzy was diagnosed with Parkin 2, a very rare genetic form of Parkinson's.
David Dexter, Deputy Director of Research at Parkinson's UK says:
"Genetic forms of Parkinson's account for approximately 8% of individuals receiving a Parkinson's diagnosis. The treatment options are similar for idiopathic (non-genetic) and genetic forms of Parkinson's."
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Anyone can get Parkinson’s, young or old. Every hour, two more people are diagnosed.
Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety. Some are treatable, but the drugs can have serious side effects. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet.
But we know we’re close to major breakthroughs. By funding the right research into the most promising treatments, we get closer to a cure every day.
Until then, we're here for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. Fighting for fair treatment and better services. Making everyone see its real impact.
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