Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York (for herself, Mr. KING of New York, and Mr. VAN HOLLEN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and CommerceCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas it is estimated that the disease affects 500,000 to 1,500,000 people in the United States and the prevalence will more than double by 2040;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas there are millions of people in the United States who are caregivers, family members, and friends greatly impacted by Parkinson’s disease every day;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas it is estimated that the economic burden of Parkinson’s disease is $14,400,000,000 including indirect costs to patients and family members of $6,300,000,000 each year;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas although research suggests the cause of Parkinson’s disease is a combination of genetic and environmental factors, the exact cause and progression of the disease is still unknown;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person and include tremors, slowness of movement, difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, speaking, rigidity, cognitive impairment, dementia, mood disorders (such as depression and anxiety) constipation, skin problems, and sleep difficulties;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas medications mask some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for a limited amount of time each day, often with dose-limiting side effects, and ultimately lose their effectiveness, leaving the person unable to move, speak, or swallow;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas increased education and research are needed to find more effective treatments with fewer side effects and, ultimately, an effective treatment or cure for Parkinson’s disease; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) recognizes the people living with Parkinson’s who participate in vital clinical trials to advance the knowledge of the disease; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) commends the dedication of State, local, regional, and national organizations, volunteers, researchers, and millions of people in the United States working to improve the quality of life of persons living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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