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HMHEB Hosts Seminar on the Effects of Parkinson’s Disease on Speech
04/17/2006

BEDFORD, Texas – Michael J. Fox's very public battle with Parkinson's Disease has shed light on the struggle faced by the 1.5 million Americans with this devastating brain disorder. Characterized by tremors, balance challenges, stiff facial expressions, and muffled speech, Parkinson's often makes daily life a challenge. To help Parkinson's sufferers learn more about their disease and its impact on speech, Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital is hosting a free community seminar Wednesday, April 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. on the hospital campus in the West I and II conference rooms.

The featured speakers will be Malcolm Stewart, M.D., an expert in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease and a physician on the medical staff of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (PHD), and Jeryn Laengrich, MS, CCC-SLP, director of the American Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center in the Fogelson Neuroscience Center at PHD. The meeting is hosted by the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment support group, and no reservation is necessary.

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, a part of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women's services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational health services, psychiatric and addiction treatment, and pediatrics.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes the Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.

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