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Are you wearing a red tulip for Parkinson’s Day?

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    April 11th is World Parkinson’s Disease Day, an annual event held on the birthday of Dr James Parkinson who described the disease in a paper entitled "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy", published in 1817.

    Millions of people around the world will wear a red tulip to mark the occasion and to help raise awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s disease. The flower has been used by patient advocacy groups around the world as a symbol of the disease since 2005.
    In some countries, including the US and Canada, World Parkinson’s Disease Day is among a series of events taking place in April as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

    Parkinson’s disease affects 7-10 million people worldwide. While it is mainly characterised as a movement disorder, people with Parkinson’s also experience underlying symptoms such as sleep disturbance, mood changes and pain.

    To help facilitate communication about these symptoms between patients and their healthcare team, UCB has supported the development of The Parkinson’s Well-Being Map™.
    This visual tool allows people with Parkinson’s to track both motor and underlying symptoms and has been designed to support communication of a person’s Parkinson’s status and well-being with their healthcare team. Since its global launch in 2012 the Parkinson’s Well-Being Map™ has been downloaded by thousands of people and is now available in over 10 countries worldwide.

    For more on UCB activities to support people with Parkinson’s disease visit Parkinson’s Voices.

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