Parkinson's Diseases Specialist Greenbelt MD

In the more likely scenario, having only one copy of the mutation increases the risk of the disease, but the disease will only express itself in the presence of other genetic or environmental factors.

David Duane Weisher, MD
(301) 982-4552
7525 Greenway Center Dr Ste T8
Greenbelt, MD
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1983

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Lawrence R Whicker Jr, MD
(301) 982-7911
7500 Hanover Pkwy Ste 201
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel, Md
Group Practice: Neurological Medicine Pa

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Jackie A Syme Jr, MD
(410) 368-3020
7500 Hanover Pkwy Ste 201
Greenbelt, MD
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1988

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Aleem Iqbal
(301) 982-4552
7525 Greenway Center Dr
Greenbelt, MD
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Neurology

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MacIej Poltorak
(301) 982-7944
7500 Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD
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Neurology

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William R Leahy
(301) 982-7944
7500 Hanover Pkwy
Greenbelt, MD
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Neurology

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Arthur Litofsky, MD
(301) 474-2550
7525 Greenway Center Dr Ste 203
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1958

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William Richard Leahy, MD
(301) 982-7944
7500 Hanover Pkwy Ste 201
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Prince Georges Hospital Center, Cheverly, Md
Group Practice: Neurological Medicine

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Joel Lee Falik, MD
(301) 982-7100
7257 Hanover Pkwy Ste B
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1966

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Najmaldin Omer Karim, MD
(301) 982-7100
7257 Hanover Pkwy Ste B
Greenbelt, MD
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mosul, Coll Of Med, Mosul, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel, Md; Prince Georges Hospital Center, Cheverly, Md
Group Practice: Falik & Karim

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Another Genetic Risk for Parkinson's

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By Kathryn Ayers

A number of small studies have suggested that a mutation in the gene that produces the protein alpha-synuclein (SNCA) may play a role in the onset of the degenerative neurological condition known as Parkinson’s disease. Now a large multi-nation study confirms that the mutation can increase the risk of Parkinson’s by 50 percent. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic sifted data on some 2,700 Parkinson’s patients and an equal number of age- and sex-matched healthy individuals and determined that “the SNCA gene is not only a rare cause of autosomal dominant Parkinson’s disease in some families, but also a susceptibility gene for Parkinson’s disease at the population level.” People who have the misfortune of inheriting copies of the gene mutation from both parents—a rare occurrence—will contract Parkinson’s. In the more likely scenario, having only one copy of the mutation increases the risk of the disease, but the disease will only express itself in the presence of other genetic or environmental factors. The researchers estimate that the SNCA gene accounts for roughly 3 percent of all Parkinson’s cases—about the same, they say, “as the population effect of other common variants implicated in Parkinson’s disease.”

Author: Kathryn Ayers

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