Movement toward a cure: UNM Health Sciences Center

Sarah Pirio Richardson, MD, is a movement disorders specialist and assistant professor in UNM’s Department of Neurology. She also heads UNM’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program. Credit: Sara Mota.  Article source: By Michael Haederle. Copyright © The University of New Mexico. All Rights Reserved.

The purpose of the research was to determine the frequency of medication use in patients with dystonia.

Researchers examined participants enrolled at 37 sites in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia through Project 1 of the Dystonia Coalition, an international biorepository study.

Most of the patients were using botulinum toxin. Other medications used were muscle relaxants, benzodiazapines, antipsychotics and drugs usually used to treat Parkinson’s.

“Significantly, up to 25 percent were not using medications at all,” Pirio Richardson says. “That’s a huge number.” Source: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

To read article please click link provided: Movement toward a cure: Studying patterns of medication use.

Link to Dystonia treatment: Patterns of medication use in an international cohort Abstract: Neurology Journal

Related clinical trials: The Dystonia Coalition Natural History and Biospecimen Repository for Isolated Dystonias (DCP)

Visit our ‘Dystonia Research’ page for more studies!

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