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Movement disorders afflict nearly ten-percent of our population. These disorders include Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, essential tremors and restless leg syndrome. On this episode of Patient Power, Andrew is joined by Dr. Robert Goodkin professor of neurologic surgery at the University of Washington (UW) and co-director of the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Center at Harborview Medical Center. As director of the Movement Disorders Center at UW and a key colleague to Dr. Goodkin, Dr. Ali Samii also joins the program to shed light on where we are headed. Dr. Samii is associate professor of Neurology and adjunct associate professor of neurological surgery at the University of Washington. He helps the audience understand how tremors are identified and treated, while Dr. Goodkin discusses surgical options benefiting patients with movement disorders.

Andrew and Dr. Samii begin with differentiating tremor types and clearly defining each. Dr. Samii addresses how patients can better decide when shakiness in their hands or other movements need a professional opinion. He also talks about medications being used to alleviate tremor symptoms such as, topiramate and clonazepam. Dr. Goodkin appropriately joins the discussion with an overview of what high-tech noninvasive surgeries like, Gamma Knife and brain stimulation surgery, are doing for moment disorders. With much controversy and hesitance from various medical professionals, Gamma Knife is used primarily in essential tremor disorders. Hear more about the advantages and disadvantages of Gamma Knife, likely candidates for this procedure and what brain stimulation surgery is doing for patients with movement disorders. If you or a loved one suffers from a movement disorder, don’t miss this insightful program, and please, share it with others.

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Andrew Schorr:

We are live on KVI. And, you know, perhaps as many as ten percent of the population may suffer from some form of movement disorder. Find out more and what to do about it from leading experts here in Seattle, live next on Patient Power on KVI TalkRadio, 570.

Andrew Schorr:

Good morning, Western Washington or wherever you may be listening to us on the internet or around the world. We are live on KVI TalkRadio 570. I am Andrew Schorr. This is Patient Power. We are here every week to help you better understand some significant health problem that we discuss each time.

Today it's going to be some illnesses of the brain, some conditions of the brain. And with me in the studio you are going to meet in just a second a top neurosurgeon and a top neurologist as we discuss movement disorders. But first I want to thank you for being with us and getting up early. I know it's a busy time of year. Maybe you are listening to us on the internet or perhaps the replay that we have on You know, we have more than 70 hours of programs just like this one that you can listen whenever you want, and we have covered many if not most of the serious conditions.

First of all, congratulations to the Lady Huskies, the volleyball team, front-page news today in the sports section. They are the national champions so congratulations to them. Now what else is going on this Sunday of course is the Seahawks. I hope my friend Shaun Alexander can have another great day, maybe not the biggest game this time. Wait until we play the Colts, right? So that will be the really big test, but of course today is important too, so good luck to them.

Let's get right to it. If you want to call, by the way, you can dial in. We are live here in the studio on what will be a sunny, clear day. If you are out of our immediate area, maybe headed to go skiing on a great day today.

I want to introduce our guests and also thank Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center, our regular sponsors for Patient Power. They help make this happen. Two of their top physicians are with us here today.

We have Dr. Robert Goodkin. Dr. Goodkin is a neurosurgeon, really among the elite of surgeons, highly trained, and you can imagine if you are doing surgery on the brain how good you have to be as a surgeon. Dr. Goodkin is professor of neurologic surgery at the University of Washington. He is also co director of the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Center at Harborview Medical Center. We will talk about the Gamma Knife as a way of doing noninvasive brain surgery along the way. Dr. Goodkin, thank you for being with us. Thank you, sir.

Dr. Goodkin:

You're welcome.

Andrew Schorr:

Okay. And also with us is Dr. Ali Samii. I have done a program on Patient Power with him that you can catch on the website previously about Parkinson's, and today he is back. He is an associate professor of neurology, so he is a neurologist at the University of Washington, and he is director of the Movement Disorders Center there. Dr. Samii, good morning to you.

Dr. Samii:

Good morning, and thank you for having me here today.

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