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Parkinson's UK comments on Rory Cellan-Jones' Parkinson's diagnosis

Date

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

30 May 2019

In response to Rory Cellan-Jones revealing that he has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's, Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation at Parkinson's UK, said:

"Being diagnosed with Parkinson's can be a scary and isolating time, so it is fantastic to hear that Rory is receiving the treatment he needs and is able to approach his diagnosis with such a positive attitude.

"Parkinson's will affect 1 in 37 of us in our lifetime, but it remains a little understood condition. While most people associate it with a tremor, there are actually more than 40 symptoms and it affects everyone differently.

"Many people, with the right medication, continue to live a full and active life with Parkinson's but for some it can be life-changing, which is why we are leading the way to find how technology can help people to take control of life with Parkinson's, as well as striving to find better treatments and ultimately, a cure.

"We wish Rory all the best for the future."

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Notes to editors

Rory's original tweet can be seen here

About Parkinson's

Every hour, 2 people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's.

It affects 145,000 people in the UK - which is around 1 in 350 of the population.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

Symptoms vary from person to person, so people with Parkinson's can benefit hugely from local groups which provide support and an opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation.